There are currently no direct flights from Stansted to Hamburg, meaning you'll need to take a connecting service when travelling this route. Some of the fastest services on the outward leg take four hours and 15 minutes including a stopover, while the return journey can be completed in a total of three and a half hours.
The German city of Cologne is the most likely destination for a connection when you fly Stansted to Hamburg, although there are services that stop in other cities such as Stuttgart and Vienna. Outbound flights depart from early in the morning until late in the evening, and similarly with the return leg; although you should be careful when selecting your flight time, as some require long and overnight connections.
Hamburg Airport is found just over five miles north of the city centre, which can be easily reached by public transport. The S1 S-Bahn suburban train line runs from the airport to the Hauptbahnhof - central railway station - and takes 25 minutes. Trains depart every 10 minutes and the station is found directly in front of the terminals.
The S-Bahn can also be used to reach the junction station Ohlsdorf, which connects the S1 to the U1 underground U-Bahn service. The U-Bahn can then be used to access other parts of the city. Tickets for public transport, and city tours, can be purchased from the Airport Office on the arrivals level.
There are taxi ranks located in front of both terminals, and taxi operators are governed by criteria that maintains quality and high standards. It’s possible to pay for taxis with cash, debit or credit card.
There’s a wide selection of car hire firms open seven days a week for those looking to rent their own vehicle, including Alamo, Avis, Buchbinder, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Global Drive, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty.