Transport Experience in Germany - Hamburg

Arriving in Germany-Hamburg gave me a different traveling taste and experience, I didn't know what to expect in everyday life in my early days.

Railways Railways [Foto von Beatrice Paul, eigene Aufnahme]

Arriving in Germany-Hamburg gave me a different traveling taste and experience, I didn't know what to expect in everyday life in my early days. While getting around Hamburg through walking, driving or biking is easy, I must admit it wasn't as easy for me as I got lost so many times in so many ways. Everything was just as new, the environment, the system itself, the language of instructions etc., but it is all better now. Here in Hamburg, I have witnessed and used five different modes of public transport; while for the most part I would say trains (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, Regional trains) others are Buses, limited Ferries and in some cases bicycles :).S

S-Bahn [Schnellbahn/Stadtschnellbahn] This translates to English as city rapid rail which is a kind of urban-suburban rail system that serves a wider metropolitan region, linking the suburbs and commuter regions with the city center and main rail station. The S-Bahn is denoted by a white “S” on a green background.

U-Bahn [Untergrundbahn] This is supposedly an underground train however many U-Bahn lines run above the ground. The symbol for the U-Bahn in Hamburg is typically a white “U” on a blue, yellow or red background.

Bus This looked familiar as in Tanzania we have Mwendokasi which in a way looks similar. They operate during the day and at night when other forms of transport stop running, they usually stop at every 300 meters or some distance close to that.

Regional trains Regional trains connect regions and are either RB (Regional Bahn), with multiple stops or RE (Regional express), which are faster and have fewer stops.

Ferries With a HVV ticket one can go on a little trip around the harbor, this is my favorite transport during the weekend or when free. The journey covers around 6 km and takes about 28 breath taking and life calming minutes. Zones The public transport network (HVV) is structured into five rings centered around the Alster Lakes. It is the main thing determining the price of travel ticket. Rings A and B cover the city, and when travelling further, Rings C, D, E takes up to 60 kilometers away from the city.

Operating hours Transport on weekdays is usually available from 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m and 24 hours on weekends. The best way to get home at night during the week is to take the night buses which run a total of 18 lines only on the main routes usually 30 to 60 minutes apart. Ticket inspection I usually board an S-Bahn, U-Bahn or any other means of transport for that matter with a valid ticket since if caught by an inspector without one the risk is being fined up to 60 euros.

Closing remarks Travelling during Covid requires every individual to wear a mask specifically FFP2 mask which at first was for me hard. If, however one wishes to dodge all this :D, there's always an option to ride their own bicycle, rent one through a HVV card or go by feet. Riding a bike is a great way to explore Hamburg but only if you know how to ride one :)! The local city bike programme hires a bike at one of the 120 service points around the city for first 30 minutes free, there after the trip will cost €0.08 per minute or €12 per day. One could even ride for free all day if the bike is checked back in at any station within 30 minutes of each departure.