Whichever direction you are coming from, and however you are getting here, Hamburg is easily accessible by air, rail and road, and even by ferry via the Lübeck-Travemünde Baltic Sea port.
Arriving by plane
60 airlines fly direct to Hamburg from 120 destinations around the world. The airport is situated only 8.5 kilometres from Hamburg’s city centre and is connected to the city’s comprehensive public transport network via S-Bahn (suburban railway; 30 minutes journey to the conference venue).
With the S1 S-Bahn (metro rail network) line, passengers can travel from the airport to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (central railway station) and back; the journey takes only 25 minutes one-way, and the service operates every 10 minutes. The S-Bahn station “Hamburg Airport (Flughafen)” is directly in front of the terminals and is quick and easy to reach by elevator, by escalator, and by stairs.
Arriving by rail
Hamburg is also easily accessible for all those arriving by train from other parts of Germany or Europe, and Berlin is less than two hours away by rail.
The Hamburg Convention Bureau offers an Event Ticket to reach the conference by train:
Event Ticket for a single journey, for use only on one specific connection (subject to availability):
Second class EUR 49.50
First class EUR 79.50
Event Ticket for single journey, for use on all connections (always available):
Second class EUR 69.50
First class EUR 99.50
Find other tickets via the Deutsche Bahn website.
Local public transport
In Hamburg you can get around the city very easily without a car – thanks to the city’s comprehensive local public transport network that even includes water travel. Six S-Bahn lines, four underground lines (Hochbahn) and numerous bus connections ensure excellent transport links even beyond the city boundaries.
How to get to the venues:
From Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (central railway station) you can use several lines to get to your accommodation or to the venue. The on-site registration will only be held at HafenCity University (on Wednesday evening at the welcome reception and on the other days). From Hamburg Hauptbahnhof take U-Bahn subway line U4 in direction Elbbrücken to the HafenCity Universität station (6 minutes, via Jungfernstieg and Überseequartier).
Nearest tube station to our second venue, the Spiegel building, is U-Bahn U1 station Meßberg (500 m / 6 minutes walk to the Spiegel house). Between HafenCity University and Der Spiegel it’s just 700 m.
We plan to provide the “HVV KombiTicket” to all conference attendees. It is a round trip ticket to the venues during the entire duration of the conference. We’ll inform all attendees before the conference about the details. The costs will be included in the attendee fee.
Public Bike System
Sign up to StadtRAD Hamburg, the local city bike program and hire a bike at one of the 120 service points around the city – one is located directly at the HafenCity University. The first 30 minutes are free of charge, after that the trip will cost 10 Cents per minute or 15 Euros per day.
So, if you want, you can ride for free all day – as long as you check in your bike at any station within 30 minutes. To sign up, you can use a credit card. Register here. There is a 5 Euro annual fee, which can be used as a credit balance within 12 months.
You can choose between normal and lower-emission taxis, the “Umwelttaxis”, which you can reach at these numbers:
Prima Clima Mobil: +49 40 211 522
Hansa-Taxi: +49 40 211 255
Taxi Hamburg: +49 40 612 612
Not available (as at January 9th, 2019)