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Barrier-free access to U-Bahn stations

Initiative sees stations throughout the city get a lift
A new elevator in front of the entrance to the Lübecker Straße subway stop

Status barrier-free: The Lübecker Straße subway stop.


A consistently high level of service at every single step of the journey. This includes access to stops and underground stations for everyone in society, without any obstacles. In other words: barrier-free and wheelchair-friendly access to Hamburg’s U-Bahn stops. We’ve been focusing our efforts on realising this goal since 2011. 

Back then, when the Hamburg Senate decided to give priority to this scheme, just 36 underground stops were usable for people with limited mobility. Since then, however, our builders and contractors have really been hard at work: 

More than 90 percent of our total of 93 stations have now been “lifted” with the installation of elevators, as well as having (partially) raised platforms and a tactile guidance system for the blind and visually impaired. 

Two underground lines in Hamburg – the U2 and U4 – are already entirely barrier-free. A large section of the U1 and U3 lines has also already been converted and upgraded. This includes the U3 stop Landungsbrücken, which is a listed building, and the U1 stops Jungfernstieg and Steinstraße in Hamburg’s city centre. During the course of our major U3 City Centre” initiative, the U3 stops Mönckebergstraße and Rathaus will also undergo refurbishment and have elevators installed. 

By 2022, 95 percent of our underground network will be wheelchair-friendly. After that, we will take on the last three remaining U1 stops: Alsterdorf, Hudtwalckerstrasse and – one year later, from 2023 onwards – Meßberg. Finally, in 2024 (and in years following), we will turn our attention to the U3 stations Saarlandstraße, Sierichstraße and Sternschanze. 


What measures does the barrier-free facelift of stations include? 

Our “lifting” scheme involves all stops being fitted with the following:  

  • One elevator per platform 

  • (Partially) raised platforms for level boarding and alighting 

  • A tactile orientation system for the blind and visually impaired 


Barrier-free travel: live information about elevators 

Are all the elevators in the hvv network currently in operation, or are there any out of order? Find real-time information here.