A cultural haven full of history, music and nightlife, Hamburg isn’t one to miss.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 35 minutes (total distance 493 miles)
Airlines that fly direct: Flybe
No. of Airports in Hamburg: Hamburg International Airport
Seasons: High = May - September, December ; Low = November, January- February
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport is conveniently located wherever you are in the UK. Only 8 miles from the centre of Birmingham and right in the middle of the motorway network, it’s easy to get to by every mode of transport.
If you’re driving, we have seven car parks on-site, all within walking distance of the airport terminal or accessible via a free shuttle bus. If public transport is more convenient, options are plentiful. Birmingham International train station is just outside the airport, with the free and frequent Air-Rail that takes passengers to the terminal in just two minutes. Coaches travel from all over the country, and there are public buses that will also drop you at the station.
We recommend you arrive two hours before your flight to Hamburg. This leaves time for you to explore the many amenities you would expect from an international airport. There are plenty of places to shop inside the terminal, so don’t fret if you’ve forgotten any city break essentials. Boots is here to cater for any health or beauty necessities, whilst Next and JD provide you with high-street fashion and sportswear, entirely tax free. Head to WHSmith for some inflight entertainment and pick up your euros at ICE Currency Exchange, available on both sides of security.
If you’re feeling peckish before your flight, Birmingham Airport can cater to you before and after security. There is a wide selection of bars, cafes and restaurants for you to choose from, providing sit down meals as well as grab-and-go options. Burger King is a great choice if you want a quick and filling meal, or healthier options can be found at Giraffe or Joe & the Juice. If you’re travelling with a group, head to everyone’s favourite Wetherspoon for a wide range of food and drink choices, or, indulge in a cocktail and sharing board from All Bar One.
Treat yourself with one of our five airport lounges. With quiet-zones, unlimited Wi-Fi and complimentary food and drink, you can truly relax before your flight. Check out the exclusive views of the runways, while you’re charging all your devices .
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Hamburg Airport
Hamburg International Airport is located around 5 miles north of the city centre. As Germany’s second-largest city, transport links are efficient and there are plenty of ways to get from the airport into town. The airport has two terminals – from Birmingham, you’ll be arriving into Terminal 1.
Hamburg’s underground network is conveniently located in the airport and the S-Bahn takes you directly to the city centre in around 25 minutes. The service runs every 10 minutes and is the cheapest option; however, taxis are available from outside both terminals if you prefer to travel directly.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Hamburg
Described by Lonely Planet as ‘one of the coolest cities on Earth’, Hamburg will not disappoint. As Germany’s second biggest city, Hamburg has become the hub of international trade thanks to its large port. But it’s not all about business; Hamburg is famous for its musical history - The Beatles did begin their career here after all. Plus, the opening of the acoustically advanced concert hall, Elbphilharmonie, in 2017 has attracted a new burst of tourism.
The native language spoken in Hamburg is German; however many people can speak English. We recommend making an effort to speak German – a simple ‘Danke’ and a smile will do!
The best time to visit Hamburg is between May and September when the climate is warmer; these months are the most popular with tourists. December brings the famous Christmas Markets and prices tend to rise, with January and February being the quietest due to the freezing weather.
Hamburg only joined the German Federation in 1815, and today their independent mentality still stands. Freedom is encouraged - whether it’s religion, fashion style or political orientation, everyone is given a voice. Hamburg has a whole lot to offer, from a UNESCO World Heritage Site to nightlife on the famously seedy Reeperbahn.
Hamburg Dom visits the city for a month three times a year, making it the biggest and longest fair in Northern Germany. Hamburg also isn’t short of festivals. From the famous Oktoberfest street festival to urban art events and motorbike church services, there is truly something for everyone in this vibrant, buzzing city.
The Germans are known for their bratwursts (German sausage) and sauerkraut (pickled cabbage) but Hamburg has its own specialities. The Hamburger Hummersuppe is a true Hamburg classic—a lobster soup served with a small amount of whipped cream, garnished with dill and perfected with a dash of cognac. A popular first course at dinner, it’s also a great choice for a light lunch. You’ll also want to try the Fischbrötchen (fish sandwich) and Franzbrötchen (fluffy pastry, similar to a croissant).