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BSBI Faculty of Creative Industry is located on the famous Otto von Bahrenpark areal, just a 5 min tube ride from railway station Altona. Hamburg has 4 railway stations - Hauptbahnhof, Dammtor, Altona & Harburg - as well as a long-distance bus terminal (ZOB)

Information about Hamburg public transport


There are multiple ticket options to choose from. Single, daily and weekly tickets are valid for all buses and trains and you can purchase ferry tickets at HVV ticket machines. The cheapest option for frequent travellers is a monthly or annual ticket.

Additionally, day-passes are cheaper if you purchase them after 9:00 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased in vending machines located at the U-Bahn (subway and underground), S-Bahn (light rail) and tram stations. The machines accept cash and EC cards, though you cannot pay using credit cards. Remember you must validate your ticket by stamping it using the machines provided prior to boarding the U-Bahn and S-Bahn.


Hamburg boasts a reliable bus service with an extensive range of routes to complement the rail network. This includes: metro buses (frequent services), express buses, sprinter buses and regional buses (connecting to stations and surrounding towns).


There are six ferry lines that serve the harbour and the River Elbe. The routes are given two-digit numbers, starting at 61. Your HVV ticket is valid for use on the ferry and you can even take a relaxing  trip around the harbour. Regardless of which number you take, all ferries will stop at Landungsbrücken.

Free public transport for new residence

Have you just moved to Hamburg? HVV offer free travel for 7 days for new residents! You can travel anywhere you want with a Hamburg AB area ticket or four fares zones.

How to apply

  • Send your form from the local citizen’s residence registration office by post or e-mail

You must register within 3 months of your move-in date and your new home must be inside the HVV area.

You can send your form by post to HVV GmbH, Steindamm 94, 20099 Hamburg. You must write “new resident” clearly on the form. Otherwise, you may send the registration form by e-mail to neubuerger@hvv.de.

  • Redeem your voucher code

After you have sent your form, you will receive a code via e-mail. You can use this code to purchase your free, weekly, 24/7 season ticket for the Hamburg AB area or for four fare zones via the HVV App. You must use redeem this code within 4 weeks of receiving it.

Please see HVV website for terms and conditions.

Hamburg’s bus and tram system 

All modes of transport are available and run efficiently throughout the day, including the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, buses and trams. The most popular methods of transport are the U-Bahn and S-Bahn due to their efficiency and reliability.

Operating hours

U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains run from 4:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. the next morning on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends. Bus services work on similar schedules and main-route night buses run after midnight.

You can also make use of buses from Sunday to Monday. These run along the U-Bahn routes from 12:30 am to 4 am at 30-minute intervals.


The public network is organised into five rings around the Alster Lakes. Rings A and B (known as Großbereich) incorporates the city and if you are travelling further, rings C, D and E will take you up to 60 km away from the city. Regional trains are also sometimes included in the fare (Gesamtbereich).