Airport Guide: Hamburg Airport
Hamburg Airport is the fifth-busiest airport in Germany and an important focus city for many airlines. Even though Hamburg is no important hub, there are flights to more than 100 destinations. In this Airport Guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the airport!
Hamburg Airport is dominated by low-cost-carriers. Even though EasyJet is closing its base in Hamburg in 2018, the airport still has a substantial presence of low-cost-airlines.
Eurowings uses Hamburg as a hub, while Ryanair and EasyJet use Hamburg as a focus city. Other than that, there are important links to Lufthansa hubs as well as several flights operated by charter and holiday airlines.
The biggest airlines at Hamburg Airport:
- Eurowings: Dozens of destinations in Europe
- Ryanair: More than a dozen destinations in Europe
- easyJet: Several destinations in Europe
Shopping and dining at Hamburg Airport
Even though Hamburg Airport officially comes with two terminals, there’s just one major departure area, where you can find the check-in counters as well as several shops, bakeries, cafes and much more. After security control, you’ll find yourself in the Airport Plaza, which is where most of the shopping and dining options are located. Further into the terminal, you can walk in two directions. The further you get away from the main area, the fewer shops and restaurants you’ll find. Yet, there are smaller shops and cafes in all areas of the terminal. Generally, you can find both, restaurants and all kind of shopping at Hamburg Airport.
Sleeping at Hamburg Airport
While it is theoretically possible to sleep at Hamburg airport, it’s not a very comfortable experience according to sleepinginairport.com. Your only option is sleeping on the floor, so I’d definitely recommend spending the night at a nearby hotel.
The Radisson Blu Hamburg Airport is directly connected to the terminal, but there are a couple more options around the airport, including a Courtyard by Marriott. You can also find Leonardo Hotels, an ibis, a Best Western and a Holiday Inn nearby. Prices tend to be relatively high as it’s the norm for Hamburg though.
Lounges at Hamburg Airport
Hamburg Airport doesn’t come with many airline lounges. There’s a total of only four lounges, two of those are operated by Lufthansa (Business Lounge & Senator Lounge).
Emirates operates its own lounge, too. Other than that, there’s the Hamburg Airport Lounge, which is accessible for passengers of many airlines (Business Class & Status) as well as with Priority Pass or by paying at the door.
Lounges at Hamburg Airport:
- Emirates Lounge: Emirates Business & First Class passengers, Emirates Gold & Platinum members
- Lufthansa Business Lounge: Star Alliance Business Class passengers, Star Alliance Gold members and Lufthansa Frequent Traveller
- Lufthansa Seantor Lounge: Star Alliance First Class passengers, Star Alliance Gold members
- Hamburg Airport Lounge: Priority Pass, various airlines, paid entrance
Transportation at Hamburg Airport
Hamburg Airport is very well connected to the city. The S-Bahn connects the airport with the city center through the line S1. The journey to the city center and the main train station takes just 25 to 30 minutes. Alternatively, there are a couple of regional bus lines connecting the airport with other parts of town. You can also take a taxi to town, which costs between 15 and 40 Euro, depending on your destination.