Willkommen in Deutschland
Welcome to Germany
Welcome to Hamburg Cruise Center which is located in Hafen City - Port City former "Docklands"... a fast growing office, residential and entertainment area...
To check if your ship arrives Hamburg Cruise Center you should visit this website:
If there is an "H" (stands for Hamburg Cruise Center) in the column marked with "L" (stands for Liegeplatz - berth) then your ship will arrive here in Hafen City
Once you arrive by bus from Central Station or from the City Center you must get off here: "Marco-Polo-Terassen". Be sure the driver will get you off the bus. It's the last stop. Have a look to the orange tower in the front.
From here you see the distance to the Cruise Terminal to the right.
But here from the Promenade Deck of QUEEN MARY 2:
You will find taxis and car rental companies like Europcar and Sixt as well.
From the arrival bus stop to the flags is the way you need to walk to the Cruise Terminal.
If you need to go from the Cruise Center you need to walk to the black SAP-Building.
On the right side in front of the SAP-Building there is the departure bus stop for the City- and Central Station-bound buses.
Here you find three bus routes starting from here:
In the waiting hut you find a map of the bus lines but also showing all attractions in Hafen City / Speicherstadt (Historic warehouse district) around.
Here you see the next buses leaving from here:
Metrobus 3 will get you to Rathausmarkt (Town Hall Square). Frequency 10-20 minutes. But if you do not mind you should walk in 20 minutes and enjoy the walk...
The first section of the walk.
Metrobus 4 will get you to Rathausmarkt and Jungfernstieg (Noble Shopping District and Canal Cruises):
But Metrobus 4 does not run on weekend from HafenCity.
Metrobus 6 will get you very close to Rathausmarkt and the main shopping street Mönckebergstraße and Central Station (for ongoing connections to the Airport, Lübeck, Lüneburg or Berlin). Goes every 15-20 minutes. (2010 schedule).
You do not get all tickets to all destinations with the bus driver.
Just for Hamburg and Lüneburg:
A ride to Central Station and City Center Destiantions will be 1.30 EUR and a ride to the Airport will be 2.75 EUR incl. all transfers. (2010 prices)
Just in case you are planning to go to other places you need to learn how to buy your tickets:
for Kiel and Lübeck:
And you need to pay cash. Opposite you find a bank "Hamburger Sparkasse". An ATM is in the entrance hall. Do not take 50 or 100 but 60 and 110. The driver will "kill" you if you pay 1.30 EUR with a 50 EUR bill...
So like here Metrobus 6 to U Borgweg will take you to Central Station for your flight back or your shore excursion to Berlin, Lübeck or Lüneburg...
Few things to know if you are on the bus...
There is a display showing the next stop.
Buses only stops on request like here for the next stop ("Wagen hält") "Rathausmarkt (Petrikirche).
Metrobus 6 does not go directly to Rathausmarkt. But it's just one block.
And only few yards to Jungfernstieg. So do not waste time to wait for the next Metrobus 3 or 4 if Metrobus 6 is the next.
All buses will make a small detour to the the "Miniature Wonderland". It's a real attraction. I do not know if you can see the queue...
To request the bus to stop at the next bus stop press on "Haltewunsch"
To get off at the right station at Central Station (Hauptbahnhof = Hbf) see this blog posting:
For fans of HoHo-Buses:
Two lines published their routes at the bus stop so you can easily stop them:
There were also other HoHo-Buses coming around but I could not find further information on bus stops. Maybe if I am there again for my own cruise in May 2010. Then I will update.