Frequently asked questions

In order to take full advantage of the Hamburg CARD, this page helps you with tips and answers to the most frequently questions.

1. What Hamburg CARD variations are available?

There are tickets for individual persons (1 adult and up to 3 children under the age of 15) and for groups (up to 5 persons of any age). You can choose between 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 4-day and 5-day tickets. We would also be happy to put together a special Hamburg CARD – suited to your personal needs and the length of your stay as well as the size of your group! Contact our service personnel in Hamburg directly at any one of the three Hamburg Tourist Information Offices.

2. Where can I buy/order the Hamburg CARD?

Directly in Hamburg:

  • Hamburg Tourist Information Offices (main railway station, harbour, airport, Dammtor station)
  • HVV ticket machines, service points and buses
  • Many Hamburg hotels and youth hostels

From home before I travel to Hamburg:

  • Hamburg Tourismus GmbH: Online ticket to print out at home.
  • Selected travel agencies
  • New: Now also available as a mobile ticket

3. From when and for how long is my Hamburg CARD valid?

The Hamburg CARD is valid from the stated day at 00:00 a.m. until the end of operating service on the final day of validity (the end of operating service is 6:00 a.m. of the following day). Therefore, the day ticket is valid from 0:00 a.m. on the stated day until 6:00 a.m. of the following day. The 2-day-ticket, 3-day-ticket, 4-day-ticket and the 5-day ticket are both valid for the stated day and for the next 1, 2, 3 or 4 following days.

4. What advantages does the Hamburg CARD offer?

You enjoy free travel by bus and train in the Hamburg Transport Association (Greater Area) as well as up to a 50% discount on more than 130 offers:

  • Harbour, Alster and city tours
  • Attractions and museums
  • Musicals and Theatre
  • Restaurants (on food and the 1st drink upon presentation of the ticket before ordering) and souvenirs

An overview of all offers can be found under the Hamburg CARD advantages. The discount is granted directly by the provider when you purchase your ticket for admission.

5. How much can I save with the Hamburg CARD?

  • Bus and train for Hamburg transportation: inclusive!
  • Tours of the harbour, Alster and city: up to 29% discount
  • Attractions and museums: up to 50%
  • Musicals* and theatre*: up to 26%
  • Restaurants** and souvenirs: up to 25%

* Remaining tickets for regular events at the box office**
**on food and the 1st drink upon presentation of the ticket before ordering

Unfortunately, there is no possibility of doubling discounts or of discounts on already reduced goods.

All price information and discounts in the overview or in the flyer refer to adults. Some providers offer additional discounts on family and/or children's tickets, as well as combination tickets.

Find all of the advantages here in the overview.

6. Can more than one discount be used at the same time?

No, unfortunately not. The discounts always apply to the standard price, and student or senior discounts, for example, cannot be further reduced upon presentation of the Hamburg CARD.

7. What discounts will I get in restaurants?

You get a 20% discount on food. Please be aware that the participating restaurants will only grant a discount if you inform personnel that you have a valid Hamburg CARD BEFORE ordering. The discount will only be granted if you honour this condition – discounts will not be granted retroactively.

8. Which zones are covered by the Hamburg CARD?

The Hamburg CARD is valid for all means of transport of the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV). It is valid as a ticket (except in 1st class) for U/S lines, buses, MetroBus, Schnell/EilBus, Nachtbuses and harbour ferry. The area of coverage differs between the "Hamburg CARD" and the "Hamburg CARD plus Region":
The Hamburg CARD is valid in the Greater Hamburg Area of the Hamburg Transport Association, which comprises nearly all of the relevant tourist destinations including connections to the airport. The Hamburg CARD plus Region is valid in the total HVV network. This also includes regional destinations such as Lüneburg and Stade in Lower Saxony or Ratzeburg, Mölln and Bad Segeberg in Schleswig-Holstein. Here you will find detailed information on the Greater Hamburg Area Transport Association (HVV) and the entire HVV network

9. Is there also a Hamburg CARD for children?

As a rule, children under the age of 6 travel free of charge. Yet in the case of single tickets, children are automatically included! The single tickets are always valid for individual persons and up to 3 children under the age of 15. A single ticket can therefore be used for a max. of 4 persons - in buses and trains of the HVV as well as with our Hamburg CARD partners. The group tickets are always valid for several persons: one price covers up to 5 persons of any age!

10. Where can I obtain detailed information on all the services provided by the Hamburg CARD?

Before your arrival

Directly at:

  • Hamburg Tourist Information Offices (main railway station, harbour, airport, Dammtor station)
  • At all sales outlets such as HVV service centres, buses, many Hamburg hotels and youth hostels

11. I still have questions regarding the Hamburg CARD. Who can I contact?

If you have questions please contact our points of sale, the Tourist information Offices (main railway station, harbour, airport) or Hamburg Tourismus GmbH. Or contact us by telephone at 040–300 51 300.

12. Is there anything that I need to be aware of in particular?

Please be aware that participating restaurants will only grant a discount if you inform personnel that you have a valid Hamburg CARD before ordering and that you would like to take advantage of the 20% discount on food and the first drink. The discount will only be granted if you honour this condition – discounts will not be granted retroactively.

13. Does the Hamburg CARD need to be validated?

No, the Hamburg CARD is dated and therefore does not need to be validated.

14. Is the Hamburg CARD transferable?

Hamburg CARDs are partially transferable. It depends what types of ticket you buy:

  • Tickets issued by the Hamburg Verkehrsverbund (HVV) and books of tickets purchased e.g. at the Tourist Information office at the main railway station or at the Airport Office are transferable.
  • For security reasons, all tickets bought online and via mobile phones are not transferable. These are always issued to one person only and are only valid where the person specified on the ticket is present.

15. Can I give someone the Hamburg CARD as a gift?

Yes, you can give the Hamburg CARD as a gift with a voucher. Click here for the Hamburg voucher.

16 - How can I use the StadtRAD with the Hamburg CARD?

Simply register at Please note that the initialregistration must be made online under the link in order to use the Hamburg CARD discount. After registering online you can borrow StadtRÄDER at any time during the period of validity of your Hamburg CARD at one of over 120 bicycle rental stations at the terminal.

As a Hamburg CARD holder you don't have to pay the € 5.00 registration fee. The first 30 minutes are always free. After that you pay only € 0.06 per minute instead of € 0.08 per minute, thus saving 25%.

17. Where can I find all of the Hamburg CARD partners at a glance?

18. How can I become a Hamburg CARD distribution partner?

As a distribution partner of Hamburg CARD, you can simply book the Hamburg CARD online and print it off. Use the online shop to improve your service quality and generate additional business at the same time. We will support you with free advertising material and customised sales promotion and marketing measures.

You can find all the important information and contact data here:

18. Which institutions does the Hamburg Tourismus GmbH Hamburg Tourismus GmbH work with?

Since the start of 2014 Hamburg Tourismus GmbH has been part of the European City Cards Project, through which the Hamburg CARD is marketed together with other European City cards.

You can also find the Hamburg CARD in the European Cities Card guide:

Click here for the Travel Guide.

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