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Tickets for school children

The HVV has special tickets for all children in regular primary or secondary education at a public school. For all other schools, please ask in your child’s school secretariat or call the HVV Infoline on 040/19 449 to find out if the school is on the HVV list of verified eligible schools.

Issue of tickets

Personal passes for children’s tickets can only be issued and the stickers for them bought via the HVV service centres.
In the surrounding regions of Hamburg, the arrangements for issuing these are sometimes different.

Up to the age of 14, an entitlement form or some other official proof of age has to be shown at a HVV service centre. You only need to do this once, then it will be entered in your personal travel pass/HVV Card.

From 15 years of age upwards an entitlement form has to be submitted when you buy a ticket for schoolchildren. If you have a HVV Card this information will be entered electronically on it. If you have a personal travel pass with a sticker, you must always carry the entitlement form with you.

In the administrative districts of Pinneberg, Segeberg, Stormarn, Herzogtum Lauenburg, Stade, Harburg and Lüneburg, the district administration and the school boards will pay for tickets for schoolchildren up to 10th grade who need to travel a minimum distance1 between their home and school. For relatively short distances, this is a 1-zone ticket for school children (only if this lies outside the zones Hamburg AB). If you need more than 1 fare zone, a ticket for schoolchildren will be issued which is valid in the entire rural district.

In the administrative districts of Herzogtum Lauenburg, Pinneberg and Segeberg, holders of tickets will be required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the ticket themselves. Details can be obtained from the authorities in the individual administrative districts.

A ticket for a school child consists of a personal pass (with a photo of the child) which is issued just once, and a sticker which is valid for 1 school year.  

Tickets are ordered and delivered via the school secretariats.  

There are 2 options if you want to travel over a wider area on a ticket issued by the school board:

  1. Just buy a supplementary ticket for individual journeys.
  2. If you travel more frequently outside the normal zones, you can buy a so-called SchülerPlusTicket at any HVV service centre, showing them your child’s ticket for school children. The SchülerPlusTicket is available as a monthly or all-year season ticket and is only valid together with the season ticket for school children.

1 this falls within the discretion of the individual rural districts.

Main season ticket

Area of validityMonthly season ticket for school children
(price per month)
All-year season ticket for school children
(price per month)
Saving with all-year
season ticket for school children per year2

1 fare zone
only outside Hamburg AB
2 fare zones (only cross-district)#ka#40090##ka#61032# 
Hamburg AB#ka#40090##ka#61032# 
rural/urban districts#ka#40090##ka#61032# 
fare rings ABCDE#ka#40102##ka#61034# 
Upgrade ticket for SchnellBus limited stop/1. class services RB/RE#ka#40001##ka#61003# 

Additional ticket for siblings

You can get an additional ticket for siblings if a main season ticket for school children has already been bought for one child in the family. The additional ticket is then about 25 % cheaper.

Area of validityMonthly season ticket for siblings
(Price per month)
All year season ticket for siblings
(Price per month)
Savings with all year
season ticket for siblings per year2

1 fare zone
only outside Hamburg AB
2 fare zones (only cross-district)#ka#40172##ka#61056# 
Hamburg AB#ka#40172##ka#61056# 
rural/urban districts#ka#40172##ka#61056# 
fare rings ABCDE#ka#40178##ka#61058# 
Upgrade ticket for SchnellBus limited stop/1. class services RB/RE#ka#40001##ka#61003# 

2 as compared with the purchase of 12 monthly season tickets (normal price)

Upgrade fare for 1 journey

The upgrade fare for 1st class on regional trains RB/RE 2.10 € per journey (valid in fare rings ABCDE).

Supplementary ticket

You need a supplementary ticket for 1 journey outside the fare zones on your season ticket.

Period of validity

Monthly tickets for school children are valid for the calendar month printed on them from 0.00 on the first of the month till close of services on the last day of the month. Close of services is 6 am the following morning.

Buy in advance

You can buy all season tickets up to 2 months in advance at our service centres. The 24/7 all year season ticket is also available online (German only).

Changing the area of validity

If you want to change the area your season ticket is valid for, take it along to one of our service centres.


Season tickets are not transferable.

Social Ticket

As a citizen of Hamburg, you can get a subsidy of 21.80 € per person and month towards the cost of HVV monthly and all-year season tickets as well as on the ProfiTicket from the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg with the Social Ticket.

Leisure Pass

School is just around the corner, so that there is no point in having a monthly season ticket?  But it would be nice if you could use bus or rail to visit friends in the afternoons or to be as flexible as you like at weekends. You can be independent and save at the same time - our Leisure Pass makes it possible: you can get it from 15 years of age for only 8.20 € a month. It allows you to buy single or day tickets at the child’s price.

The Leisure Pass can be used after 2 pm on school days and all day at weekends, on public holidays and in the school holidays.

Bring along an entitlement form validated by your school and a passport photo. You need to always carry the entitlement form together with the ticket.