Willkommen in Deutschland
Welcome to Germany
It could be that there is a need to buy tickets for public transport.
To buy tickets for intra-Hamburg destinations see here:
The only difference is that the machines of DB Deutsche Bahn German Railways also accept credit cards. But normally you might walk around to a subway station and cannot pay with credit card.
Some of you need to return to Kiel or you want to go for an excursion for Lübeck.
That's the way how to buy these tickets once you need to buy in Hamburg. All prices are 2010.
Tickets to Lübeck or Kiel are not available with bus drivers in Hamburg!!! So you need to buy a ticket to the next train station with the driver or you walk to town hall according to these instructions to get access to the rapid transit system:
Once you found the touch-screen ticket machines of HVV (Hamburger Verkehrsverbund - Hamburg Transport Association) you can choose that you need your menu in English by pressing the "Union Jack" (English flag):
And the menu changes to English - If you have a destination within Hamburg you may see the other instructions as above linked to get your correct ticket.
But now let's go to Lübeck and you need to find the area "Tickets for HVV-Area and Schleswig-Holstein"
Normally you want to buy a ticket from the place you are. Here I was at the Landing Stages (Landungsbrücken) and so no reason to change. So enter the first letter für Lübeck like "L".
You can either scroll for all destinations starting letter L or you add the next letter "Ü" (do not forget the two dots over the letter U - so it is sorted last in the alphabet).
Now you have "Lübeck" as option and you should select it.
See if you go to Lübeck and return: One single ticket is 11.90 EUR but a day pass is just 22.00 EUR. And if you start after 09.00 hrs on weekdays you get also the option to buy a group pass for 5 persons for just 29.40 EUR which is cheaper if you are a party of 2 upto 5. Let's take such a "Group Ticket 5 Persons" as most of you are not travelling alone.
I guess most of you want to go on "2nd class", you do not purchased annual discount passes for German Railways before so "no discount". And as most of you want to travel the same day there is no need for changes of the day of travel. So just "Buy".
So only cash (machine will change) but no credit cards if you do not have a German bank card with a chip.
Few variations if you want to go to Kiel but it worked nearly same.
For Kiel you get three different ways to get there. But if you want to go on the most direct and fastest train connections you need to choose the first option via "Elmshorn * Wrist * Neumünster".
Same way you also buy tickets für Lüneburg.
I am sure you understood.
Have a great time in Germany.