Cheap Airfare to Hamburg International Airport
Getting to Hamburg, Germany, means flying into the Hamburg International Airport, (HAM). Hamburg International is conveniently close, about 12 kilometres from the Hamburg city centre. Skyscanner's online search engine can help you find the cheapest air rates to this exciting locale. Use the Whole Month Search screen to find the least expensive days to fly. Then, click on your dates to pick your itinerary from the flight screen. Hotel and car booking information is also available.
Getting to Hamburg International Airport HAM
Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver all have flights headed to Hamburg International Airport (HAM). One-stop routes are common, often touching down in Munich or Frankfurt. Air Canada and Lufthansa are two of the prime carriers, often with the best pricing and most direct routings. Both are airline partners and sometimes codeshare on different itineraries. For example, you buy a ticket on Air Canada and then fly at least one leg on Lufthansa. The flight screen shows what flights use codeshares. Other carriers flying to Hamburg International include Delta, British Airways, and KLM.
Hamburg International has two terminals, and you could end up at either one. Terminal 1 is the newest and is considerably eco-friendly. Rainwater is collected for use in restrooms, and a ThermoLabyrinth helps regulate building temps. Though it's the fifth busiest commercial airport in Germany, Hamburg is very efficient, which keeps passenger wait times lower. Both terminals offer shops, cafes, and ATMs. WiFi is available.
The S-Bahn Line, a suburban railway, is the easiest way to get into town. The airport station is right in front of the terminals and gets you to downtown Hamburg's central railway station in about 25 minutes. Cost is about $5 CAD. Taxis are available, priced at between $30 and $40 CAD depending on city destination and traffic. Under normal traffic conditions, the ride takes about 20 minutes. Uber and Lyft transport services are not an option in Germany; however, public transport is good. If you're staying in town, you may not need that rental car. Even the locals tend to park in designated lots outside the city centre and use public transport to get around. Accepted currency is the Euro.
Things to do in Hamburg
The centre of Hamburg is known for its historic architecture. Even though much was destroyed during WWII, the city has lovingly rebuilt some of its treasures including the Mahnmal St Nikolai. The church is now dedicated to those lost during the war with memorabilia now housed in part of the crypt. Still the second tallest structure in the city, it's worth it to take the glass elevator to the 76-metre viewing platform near the top for a panoramic view of the city.
Another of Hamburg's noted buildings, the Chilehaus, also survived the war. Now on the UNESCO Historic Building List, this 1924 brown brick structure is shaped like an ocean liner. The curved walls and creatively staggered balconies mimic the decks on those posh ships. Across the street is the Sprinkenhof building, built in 1927 with similar architectural features.
To experience something truly traditional in this port city, head to the Fischmarkt before dawn on Sunday mornings. A favoured shopping venue since 1703, this is where the locals gather to buy produce, meats, seafood and other goods. Traditional "marktschreiers" or market criers, loudly proclaim the daily "specials."