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Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
August 4-15, 2008



Travel Information

by plane, by train

By plane

The nearest airport is Hamburg airport (HAM). Another convenient airport is Lübeck Airport (LBC) which has budget flights by Ryanair, Wizz and Jet2 to Leeds Bradford, Dublin, London Stansted, Barcelona Girona, Pisa, Milano Bergamo, Stockholm, and Gdansk. Lübeck Airport has a shuttle bus to the central bus station in Hamburg (ZOB) for € 8.

The official airline of ESSLLI 2008 is Lufthansa. For participants travelling on international Lufthansa services to ESSLLI 2008 special airfares are available. For more details please contact the Lufthansa sales or reservation office nearest you and refer to:
Page in the Amadeus booking system: GGAIRLHCONGRESS
Event code: LH08HAM007
  • You cannot take advantage of the special offers when you book online.
  • To take advantage of this special offer you must have the official confirmation of your registration to the event or some other proof of attendance available. (If booking via a phone hotline, the representative may ask you to fax the registration to them.)
  • Travel wholly within Germany not permitted.

Lufthansa flies from München, Nürnberg, Warsaw, Frankfurt/M., Zürich, Düsseldorf, Copenhagen, Vienna, Dresden, Köln/Bonn, Amsterdam, Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Manchester, Geneva, Milan, Stuttgart, London, Helsinki, Prague, Lisbon, Budapest, Gothenburg, Rome, Nice, Barcelona, and Madrid.

A useful website to find the cheapest flights to Hamburg is opodo. The German opodo website (unfortunately in German) also has a tool for searching for budget airline flights (Abflugland = country of departure; Abflugregion = region of departure; Reiseziel = destination, i.e., "Hamburg, Deutschland").

Below are listed a number of budget airlines which serve the Hamburg airport, along with their origination cities:

Klagenfurt, AustriaKLU
Salzburg, AustriaSZG
Berlin, GermanyTXL
Cologne/Bonn, GermanyCGN
Düsseldorf, Germany DUS
Frankfurt/M., Germany FRA
Leipzig, Germany LEJ
München, Germany MUC
Stuttgart, Germany STR
Thessaloniki, Greece SKG
Tel Aviv, Israel TLV
Venice, Italy VCE
Lisbon, Portugal LIS
Madrid, Spain MAD
Sevilla, Spain SVQ
Basel, Switzerland BSL


München, Germany MUC
Genova, Italy GOA

Germania Express

Stuttgart, Germany STR

Air Berlin

Vienna, Austria VIE
Copenhagen, Denmark CPH
Nice, France NCE
Paris, France CDG, ORY
Düsseldorf, Germany DUS
Leipzig, Germany LEJ
München, Germany MUC
Stuttgart, Germany STR
Thessaloniki, Greece SKG
Budapest, Hungary BUD
Milan, Italy BGY
Rome, Italy FCO
Moscow, Russia DME
Barcelona, Spain BCN
Madrid, Spain MAD
Sevilla, Spain SVQ
Valencia, Spain VLC
Zürich, Switzerland ZRH
Manchester, U.K. MAN

Aer Lingus

Dublin, Ireland DUB

Air Baltic

Riga, Latvia RIX
Vilnius, Lithuania VNO


Zagreb, Croatia ZAG
Toulouse, France TLS
Thessaloniki, Greece SKG
Moscow, Russia VKO
Belgrade, Serbia BEG
Ankara, Turkey ESB
Istanbul, Turkey SAW
London, U.K. LGW


Helsinki, Finland HEL


Paris, France CDG
Geneva, Switzerland GVA
London, U.K. LTN


Oslo, Norway OSL


Birmingham, U.K. BHX

By train

Hamburg can be conveniently reached from many European destinations by train. The central railway station is called Hauptbahnhof, the one closest to the ESSLLI site is Bahnhof Dammtor. Most trains stop at both stations, so it would be convient to buy your ticket to Dammtor. In case your train does not stop at Dammtor, you can take a suburban train ("S-Bahn") from Hauptbahnhof to Dammtor, but you need an extra ticket for this.

Please check the excellent web site of the Deutsche Bahn for details:

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