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Ein DT5-Zug der HOCHBAHN fährt vor der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg entlang.


Hamburg’s U-Bahn trains: naturally sustainable, safe and fast

Moving forward – with more than 250 DT4 and DT5 vehicles on Hamburg’s tracks

They stand for environmentally friendly mobility in a way that hardly any other mode of transport can match. For over 100 years now, our U-Bahn metro trains have been whisking Hamburg’s citizens around their city comfortably, quickly and safely. From the historic “Silberlings” to the modern DT5 models – it’s simply impossible to imagine the city without our trains. They’re often stars featuring on film and television too, for instance when they pass by along the U3 viaduct towards Hamburg’s famous Landungsbrücken at the port. 

HOCHBAHN’s U-Bahn fleet comprises over 250 vehicles and around 900 carriages. All of them run on 100 percent green electricity and are, of course, emission-free. After 55 years in service and an average of 3.85 million kilometres on the speedometer, the cult DT3 U-Bahn trains went into well-deserved retirement in spring 2021. Since then, only DT4 and DT5 trains (DT stands for double railcar) have been in service on Hamburg’s tracks. Allow us to introduce the two heavyweights: 

The DT5: a success model for Hamburg 

Die U-Bahn U4 an der Hamburger Haltestelle HafenCity-Universität

Naturally quiet, environmentally friendly, and fitted with walk-through, air-conditioned carriages – the DT5 has been impressive across the board ever since it made its debut in Hamburg in 2012. Its particularly strengths include its smooth operation, low noise levels, and modern interiors where passengers can walk through the entire length of the train. Each of the three 40-metre-long carriages offers 96 seats, 240 standing places and 2 wheelchair spaces. Complete with USB charging sockets and an infotainment system, they offer incredible service and comfort while on the move. The DT5 vehicles are especially known for their eco-friendliness. In February 2023, HOCHBAHN completed the fleet with the 163rd vehicle of the type.