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Tickets - general information

Tickets - general information

hvv tickets are sold by the individual transport companies in the association (printed on the ticket – "Ausgegeben durch .../ issued by …..”)

For many tickets, the transport companies affiliated to the hvv take advantage of the option of simplified requirements for tickets offered under §34 of the Turnover Tax Implementing Regulation (USt DV). This states that the tax rate does not need to be shown if the journey is offered at the reduced VAT rate.               
If no VAT rate is indicated separately on a hvv ticket, it therefore always means that only the reduced VAT rate can be deducted as input tax. It is only when the standard VAT rate is indicated separately on the ticket that this rate applies.


To get price information conveniently for the route and date you wish to travel, just call up -> timetable information.

In the results screen you then have the option under the fare price to call up a “Fare zone plan” with information on all fare zones, single and day tickets, monthly and all-year season tickets. Or you can select the “Tariff assistant”. With this you can carry out a search for group tickets or for season ticket holders.

Under our header “Tickets” you will find a short description of all tickets and can view all the prices under the various menu items. On the buses, our bus drivers will tell you what price you need to pay for your journey. At the stops/stations, the ticket machines will show what ticket you need to buy when you enter your destination. The line information notices posted at bus stops will also show you up to which stop a particular fare applies.

Penalty fare

Fare zones

Hamburg AB comprises the city of Hamburg plus several surrounding towns and administrative districts. On the fare zone overview, those are rings A + B.

The entire network (fare rings A-H) comprises:

  • the Hamburg city area
  • the administrative districts of Herzogtum Lauenburg, Pinneberg, Segeberg and Stormarn in Schleswig-Holstein
  • the administrative districts of Harburg, Lüneburg and Stade in Lower Saxony
  • almost all rail services in the administrative districts of Cuxhaven, Rotenburg (W), Heidekreis, Uelzen and Lüchow-Dannenberg.

Single, day and group tickets are only valid in fare rings A - F. Season tickets are valid in fare rings A - H.