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Car hire at Hamburg Airport

Car hire in Hamburg Airport

Serving the second largest city in Germany, Hamburg Airport (HAM) is a gateway to this incredible country. Under half an hour via the B433 from the centre of Hamburg, you don't need to travel far to enjoy amazing sites, a brilliant atmosphere and a sense of history. Combining the city with a coastal location ensures there is something for everyone in Hamburg.

What I need to know

You'll be spoilt for choice when hiring a car at Hamburg Airport as there are a lot of providers available. This is why it is a good idea to compare car rental deals online before travelling to ensure your car is waiting for you upon arrival. You can do this through our site, which also provides you with cancellation if you need it.

Where to go

The car hire desks can be found in Terminal Two of Hamburg airport, so you can just collect your luggage and go. While most car hire providers operating here allow you to collect your car at the airport, others offer a meet and greet service with pick-up taking place elsewhere. You should bear this in mind when booking.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

From markets to museums and stunning buildings, Hamburg has it all and you can explore every inch of this vibrant city once you have collected your car from Hamburg airport. Visit the cute and interesting Miniatur Wunderland or enjoy the mix of art on display at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Wherever you choose to go, you're sure to enjoy yourself.

Nearby Hamburg Airport

Around 30 minutes from the airport is the Internationales Maritimes Museum, which offers ten floors of interesting exhibitions. Housed in what used to be a warehouse, the museum is thought to be the largest collection of privately owned maritime items in the world. There are literally millions of things to see so give yourself plenty of time to explore.

Longer drives

The city of Bremen is just an hour and a half away from Hamburg Airport if you take the A1 and is scattered with great attractions. You can visit the Universum Science Centre, which is a great day out for the whole family, or head to the beautiful Bremen Cathedral. Don't forget to take a stroll along the stunning Schlachte promenade, which is a must-see European attraction.

Eating and drinking

There are several dishes that you need to try while in Hamburg in order to really get a taste of traditional German cuisine. While there are other foods from around the world available in the city, meals like birnen, bohnen und speck, lapskaus and rote grutze are must-tries. Plus you can wash all your food down with refreshing glasses of alsterwasser, which is a local form of shandy.

Things to do

If you want to embrace the atmosphere of Hamburg, head to the the Fischmarkt early on a Sunday morning. Around 70,000 people visit the market every week and it is the perfect place to pick up some local produce.

You should also make a point of visiting the 75-hectare Planten un Blomen, which is located in the centre of the city and is home to a beautiful fountain.


When it comes to sightseeing, you have to stop off to explore the Chilehaus. Built in 1924, the brown brick building is one of the city's most stunning and is located in the Kontorhaus District. It was designed to look like a steamliner and is truly a remarkable piece of architecture.