We organize and operate the public transport services in and around Hamburg. We can get you where you want to go by bus, rail and ferry.
We have put together some information to tell you how the HVV works, where you can get tickets and who can help you if you have any questions.
You can find detailed information with lots of pictograms on how to use buses and rail services and useful addresses and links in the PDF brochure "Get started with HVV".
You can get it in German, English, Arabic and Farsi.
According to where you are living, there are different methods to get a ticket:
On the HVV you only need one ticket to use all our various different types of transport. You do not need to stamp or cancel the ticket before travelling.
If you have a valid ticket, just get on.
Kinder unter 6 Jahre fahren im HVV kostenlos.
Children under the age of 6 travel free of charge.
Before using our transport, please make sure to buy a ticket (unless, of course, you have a HVV Mobility Ticket) and keep it with you till the end of your journey or until you have left the station premises so that you can show it if asked to do so by a ticket inspector. Passengers who do not have a valid ticket must pay a fine of 60€ and may be reported to the police and charged with fare-dodging.
You can buy your ticket either from the bus driver, ticket machines in one of our Service Centres, via the internet or via the HVV-App. How buying works is explained in our brochure "Get started with HVV" in German, English, Arabic and Farsi. You can call this up via the link below.
Kaufen Sie eine Fahrkarte, bevor Sie einsteigen!
Please buy a ticket before you get on.
We have been asking passengers to only get on the buses at the front and show their ticket to the driver since March 2012. This rule not only reduces the number of fare-dodgers but also improves passenger flow. Getting on at the front helps to improve safety and cleanliness in the buses too, since passengers can no longer get on without being seen.
Start up front: please only get on at the driver’s doors and show your valid ticket without needing to be asked.
Get off through the middle or back doors: please move back through the bus and only get off through the middle or back doors. That way, people getting on and off no longer get in each other’s way.