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Tickets - buying via hvv.de / hvv App

General questions about buying tickets

You can buy single, day, weekly, upgrade and supplementary tickets as well as the Hamburg CARD via the Online Shop or the hvv App.
You can also buy your ticket (with the exception of monthly season tickets) from your PC in our Online Shop and then just call it up on your smartphone.
In addition, via the hvv App from version 4.0 upwards you can get monthly 24/7, off-peak and Senior Citizen 63+ season tickets.

In the hvv switch App you can get the following tickets:

  • short journey
  • local journey
  • single ticket (Hamburg AB, fare rings A-F)
  • 9 am day ticket (Hamburg AB, fare rings A-F)
  • all day ticket (Hamburg AB, fare rings A-F)
  • 9 am group ticket (Hamburg AB, fare rings A-F)
  • Weekly season ticket (Hamburg AB)

Whether you buy your ticket via the Online Shop, the hvv App or the hvv switch App, you save 7% on single, day, upgrade and supplementary tickets. All other tickets cost exactly the same as those you buy online, at ticket machines or other sales outlets.Depending on your mobile contract, there may also be charges for data communication.

Please note: you must buy your ticket before you enter the area where you have to have a valid ticket and holders of Senior Citizen 63+ season tickets must be able to show some proof of their age if asked.

You can buy single, day, upgrade and supplementary tickets as well as the Hamburg CARD in our Online Shop and the hvv App even if you are not registered with meinhvv. The only means of payment you can use then is by credit card. In the hvv App you can also pay via PayPal.
If you want to buy weekly or monthly season tickets via the hvv App, you need to be registered with meinhvv. Registering will not cost you anything. 
In order to use the hvv switch App you will need to make a separate registration, which is also free of charge.

New clients can register free of charge with meinhvv before or while they place an order.When you do this, your personal data are already registered for any purchases you may make later, which speeds up the process. You also have the option to register your payment data in encrypted form with our payment processor so that you can use them for further purchases.
With a meinhvv account you can also, for instance, use the timetable info with its address book, define standard connections to use or save search options, line timetables or announcements at stops or stations.

You prefer not to register? No problem. The basic range of products can be bought without registering.

You can buy tickets in the Online Shop up to 14 days in advance. In the hvv App this period applies for all monthly season tickets and the weekly ticket as well as for the Hamburg CARD. All other products available in the hvv App can be bought in advance for use on the same day or the next day. A refund of these tickets is strictly excluded.

The best way to find the right ticket for you is to go to the timetable info.
Just enter your connection, and you will find the appropriate single ticket displayed below the search result. On top of this, we have a “tariff assistant” in the timetable information on the hvv website, which will give you an overview of alternative ticket options your this connection.

Online Shop

In the Online Shop you can also buy single and day tickets and weekly and monthly season tickets for someone else. You must give their name during the order process.

hvv App

For instance, you can buy single and day tickets and weekly season tickets for a guest or a child together with your own ticket in the hvv App. You must give the name of the extra person during the order process.

hvv switch App

You do not have this possibility in the hvv switch App.

N.B.: Tickets can only be bought by persons who have reached the age of 18.

Yes, you can do this in the Online Shop: all the tickets you buy in one go will be shown in your shopping cart before you log in or before you pay. You can also buy tickets for yourself as well as for another person at the same time.

In the hvv App you can buy tickets sequentially, e.g. if you are taking a second person along with you.

In the Online Shop on hvv.de, tickets are shown as follows for printing out:

  • By selecting the relevant option on the page “Check order” you can also have the ticket sent as a file to the e-mail address you give when ordering.
  • Directly after completing the order process you can save your ticket as a PDF file and print it out or save it on your smartphone.
  • In the order confirmation which is immediately sent by e-mail there is also an integrated link which you can use to call up the ticket. The link can be used as long as the ticket is still valid.
  • meinhvv clients can call up their ticket under the item “Orders” as long as it is still valid.

In the hvv App your tickets are shown under “Tickets”. You must be logged in to meinhvv for this.

In the hvv switch App you can find currently valid tickets and current bookings in the dashboard at the top of the App. You can also find an overview of all your bookings and tickets in the menu under "Your journeys”.

Online Shop

  • Clients registered under meinhvv can call up their ticket under the item “Orders” as long as it is still valid.
  • Successfully bought tickets can be called up via the link in the order confirmation sent to you immediately by e-mail there is an active link with which you can call up the ticket. The link can be used as long as the ticket is still valid.

hvv App

  • In the hvv App, your tickets are shown under “Tickets”. You must be logged in to meinhvv for this.

hvv switch App

  • If the ticket you have bought is not shown in the App under  “Your journeys”, refresh the display by scrolling down (Pull2Refresh) to complete the  process of making your ticket available for use.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact the hvv switch client service.

If your order has not been successfully entered in the system first make sure that you do not have any connectivity problems and then repeat the order process.

If you want to do this, it is essential that you register for meinhvv - it is a one-off action and free of charge. Then, when you place an order in the Online Shop you can have your ticket displayed on your smartphone by logging in to your meinhvv account via the hvv App with your smartphone. In the hvv App your tickets will be displayed under “Tickets”.

Print-it-yourself tickets or tickets bought via app cannot be cancelled or the fare refunded since it can’t be proved that you didn’t use it.

Please log in to your meinhvv account on hvv.de. You can print out a sales receipt there via your order history. When you buy a ticket via the hvv switch App you will quickly be sent a receipt by email for every booking. If it is a booking on MOIA, however, this will not come until the journey is completed.  

About 90 seconds elapse before a digitally bought ticket actually becomes valid. This is why the ticket appears greyed out during that time as guidance for our clients. As an extra help, a countdown is displayed so that you can see how much time is left before the ticket is valid.  

Please remember that you can only enter the part of the station where you have to have a ticket and board our buses and trains when you have a valid ticket. Until the ticket on your screen is fully visible, our ticket inspectors may not recognize the ticket as valid and could charge you the increased penalty fare.

Questions on payment procedure

Online Shop

  • SEPA direct debit
  • credit card

Please note that you can only give one SEPA bank connection per meinhvv account.

hvv App

  • SEPA direct debit
  • credit card
  • PayPal

Please note that you can only give one SEPA bank connection per meinhvv account.

hvv switch App

  • PayPal

For all-year season ticket holders: if you want to change your payment data, please contact your client contract partner.

Unfortunately, due to the large number of cases of non-payment in the past, it has proved necessary to check if the details given are correct as well as the creditworthiness of our clients when they register. This check is only carried out once before you place the first order when you pay by SEPA direct debit

They are the service provider who ensure the smooth processing (debiting) of the ticket sales ordered by you in the Online Shop or via the hvv App or the hvv switch App.

We book your purchase or purchases on the following bank day in a single amount. This will be debited from your account within the next four bank days.

Yes, you can. In principle, you can change your means of payment during the order process.Other options to do this are as follows:

  • Log in to meinhvv and select the link "Means of payment > edit".
  • This can be done in the hvv App under "Settings > Buying a ticket > Means of payment"

Please enter your meinhvv password in this case. Your user name is the same as the e-mail address you are registered under with meinhvv.

hvv App

As a hvv App user, you can either check your purchases in the order history (you can call this up via your meinhvv account) or via the order confirmations sent to you.

If you still cannot explain why this amount was debited after doing this, our staff will be happy to help you at:

Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Service und Verkauf
Postfach 10 27 20
20019 Hamburg
Telephone: 040/32 88 45 83
Telefax: 040/32 88 26 99

hvv switch App

If mistakes have been made while using the hvv switch App, please get in touch with the hvv switch client contact serrvice:

Telephone: 040/32 88 63 63                                                                                                 
Mondays-Fridays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Normally when your account is blocked, it means that it has not been possible to debit an amount which is due from it. Reasons for this could be, e.g.: there is not enough money on your bank account, the account number has changed, the bank connection is invalid, an objection has been registered, etc. Please contact first of all the Online Shop Support line. Our staff will be happy to help you:

Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Service und Verkauf
Postfach 10 27 20
20019 Hamburg
Telephone: 040/32 88 45 83
Telefax: 040/32 88 26 99

When you do this, please quote your customer number or the order number concerned. You can find these in every order confirmation we send you.  

If there is a problem with payment, you can also contact LogPay Financial Services GmbH directly. You can reach their staff as follows:

LogPay Financial Services GmbH
Schwalbacher Straße 72
D-65760 Eschborn, Deutschland
Telephone: 06196/801 27 02
Fax: 06196/80 12 99 13

When you do this, please quote the reference number on the reminder sent to you and your LogPay customer account number.

When the total outstanding amount has been paid, you will naturally be cleared to buy tickets again.

Questions in connection with ticket inspections

The ticket in PNG format, which can be downloaded directly after you have bought it, will be accepted as a valid ticket by an inspector.  An e-mail confirmation of a ticket order, a PDF file or a screenshot will not.

If you have ordered your ticket as a customer logged in to meinhvv, you can also display your ticket in the hvv App.

You need to have your ticket before you start your journey – this means in rapid transit stations (U-Bahn, S-Bahn, AKN, Regionalbahn) that you must have it before you enter the area where you must have a ticket. Please make sure that you either have the printout with you or can see it on the display of your smartphone.

Please note here:

  • Print-it-yourself tickets and tickets on your smartphone are only valid in combination with a photo ID.
  • The ticket in PNG format, which can be downloaded directly after you have bought it, will be accepted as a valid ticket by an inspector.
  • An e-mail confirmation of a ticket order, a PDF file or a screenshot will not be accepted as a valid ticket.

If you can’t prove to the ticket inspector that you have a ticket when you are checked (e.g. because of a technical defect, empty battery etc.) this will be treated as if you do not have a valid ticket. In case the service is not available or transmission is faulty, you as user must buy a valid ticket by other means before starting your journey.

Organisational questions

We will be happy to help you:

hvv App

Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Service und Verkauf
Postfach 10 27 20
20019 Hamburg
Telefon: 040/32 88 45 83
Telefax: 040/32 88 26 99

hvv switch App

 hvv switch client contact serrvice

Telephone: 040/32 88 63 63
Mondays-Fridays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Print-it-yourself tickets and smartphone tickets are only valid for the person named on the ticket on the day of validity given and in combination with a photo ID (e.g. ID card, passport, driving licence, health insurance card or, for children, school ID card).
On tickets on which several people can travel, e.g. group tickets, the person named on the ticket must also be present during the journey.
This is to enable the ticket inspectors to see immediately that the photo ID is actually that of the named user.This means that the ticket is not transferable.

Monthly season tickets in the hvv App already have a photo, which you need to upload before or when you buy them. This means that you do not need to show a separate photo ID for these products.

Yes, they are passed on to our partners for the purpose of technical processing and billing. Find more details about the Onliner Shop and the hvv App in our data privacy policy.

At HOCHBAHN, as the operators of hvv switch, you can find details  of the GTC and data privacy policy of the hvv switch App.


You can change your personal data either when you order a ticket or by logging in to meinhvv and switching from there to your meinhvv or Online Shop Profile.

hvv App

In the hvv App you can do this under “Settings > Ticket settings > Personal data”.

hvv switch App

Log in to the hvv switch App and call up your client profile. Please note here that making changes to some data may result in a request to verify your identity again (e.g. your mobile number or checking your means of payment).

If that happens, change the password for your meinhvv account as fast as you can to stop strangers from buying tickets on it. You can do this by logging in to meinhvv and making the change in the section “Personal data”, or you can use the “Password forgotten?” function to reset your password.

Technical questions

Both Apps are usable on smartphones with Android or iOS operating systems.

For the hvv App from Version 4.0 upwards, you will need iPhones with at least iOS 12.  The Android version can be used from Android version 5.0 upwards.

The technical requirement for using the hvv switch App is at least Android 5.0 or iOS 12.0.

hvv App

Google Play

App Store

hvv switch App

Google Play

App Store

If you already have one of the Apps installed, you will be informed of a new version depending on your operating system.

With Android, if you tick the option “Automatic updates”, you can ensure that the version is always automatically updated when a new version is available.

Both App stores offer optimal convenience as regards downloading and possible updates, which is why we place the Apps there.

Not necessarily. But you should make sure before you start your journey that you can display your valid ticket in the detail view in the hvv App. To do this, you need to be logged in to meinhvv and to have updated your order overview once. If you “Stay logged in” to meinhvv your ticket data will automatically be synchronized when you start the application. To log in to meinhvv and update your tickets, you will need an active data connection.

In the hvv switch App, the hvv ticket will be displayed at all times once you have successfully loaded it the first time.

Please first update the page. To do this under iOS, first drag the display downwards. Under Android, use the update symbol in the header. If this is not successful, log out of meinhvv and then log in again. The system will then resynchronize with the server. You can do this in the main menu > Profile settings >Logout".

If this does not help either, we recommend logging out, closing the App and starting your phone completely again from scratch. Under iOS, close the App by double-clicking on the home button and then “swiping away” the relevant App. Under Android, there are several different options here depending on your device.

If this does not help, please delete the App entirely from your device and download it anew.
Under iOS you can delete an App by pressing the App symbol longer and then selecting the cross. Under Android you can do this, e.g. in the system settings.

Please in this case update your ticket list. Then you should be able to buy tickets normally again.

You can do this as follows:


use the “Update” symbol under “Tickets” in the header.


go to “Tickets” and drag the list downwards.

If you are sure that you know your correct password, try to enter it again. Especially on mobile devices, it is all too easy to type a wrong letter.

Alternatively, you can get a new, automatically generated password sent to you:

  • You can find this function in the hvv App under > Main menu > Login.
  • Alternatively, call up the meinhvv Login Page and click below the Login box on the text link "Password forgotten?".

In both cases enter the e-mail address you used when registering with us (on the page which opens when you click). The system will then send you an e-mail  with a new password. Then use the functiona “Copy” and “Paste” in order to avoid any typos.

Please remember, for your own security, to change this password in your meinhvv profile to one of your own choice.

Please use the option to get the activation link sent to you again by e-mail. After clicking on the activation link your account is available for you and you can buy (further) tickets.

Questions on your rights with the hvv App

The hvv App can pilot you directly to friends and acquaintances whose addresses you have saved in your address book. That is why these contacts are automatically suggested in the auto-complete.
If you select an address as start point or destination, only the street with the house number and the postcode and town/city of your contact will be transferred to the background system to generate timetable info.
Other data, such as, e.g. the name of your selected contact, will of course not be passed on.

This right can also naturally be withdrawn to the extent that the relevant operating system allows this option.

No, absolutely not. When reading out the authorised actions for the App, the access rights shown are those which are theoretically possible, not those which are actually used.

When searching for start point/destination, the hvv App needs the right to access your address book in order to be able to offer the addresses of your contacts as start point or destination.
With older Android operating systems, however, the right to read out the call log is linked to the right to read the contacts. We currently support operating systems from Android 2.3.3 upwards, so as to be able to make our services available to as large a circle of users as possible (this is part of our remit from the state to provide a general public service).
That is the reason why the App has to be able to ask you to give it this right, even though we neither need it nor use it.

Under iOS you have the option to deny access to your address book generally to a hvv App. The help functions described above can then no longer be offered in the App. In your Settings (Menu item Data Privacy, Contacts) you can permit or deny access to your address book specifically for individual Apps.