The metro system

Always mobilising people, all over Hamburg


HOCHBAHN provides transport routes throughout the city of Hamburg – with four metro lines, 93 stops and over 100 kilometres of track in total. It all started with the opening of the 17-kilometre circular ring (now the U3 line) back in 1912. Since then, we have been driving Hamburg forward – with ongoing expansions to our network. Over the years to come, the U4 line will be extended and Hamburg will benefit from a completely new metro connection with the construction of the U5 line.
One characteristic feature of HOCHBAHN is the fact that large sections of its network are above ground. No less than 60 kilometres of track runs along dams and viaducts, while just 44 kilometres operates along underground tunnels. The metro also runs entirely on its own train line system, so it is not affected by other rail or road traffic. For our passengers this means: no traffic jams and no stress.
80 percent of our metro stations are already fitted with elevators, making them fully accessible to wheelchair users and people with pushchairs. We are constantly working on making more metro stations barrier-free.

Our vehicles

Developed exclusively for Hamburg, the DT5 is the latest generation of metro train designed to offer maximum passenger comfort. This specific model has been running in the Hanseatic city since 2012 and brings the benefits of its smooth operation and low noise levels, as well as its heated and air-conditioned carriages. The DT5 trains are also particularly environmentally friendly.
The previous generation, the DT4s, also operate on the Hamburg network and have been “spruced up” with new interior fittings. The DT3s, which have also become known as “Silberlings”, were built up until 1971 and reliably transport our customers around the city.

DT5 Metro Hamburg
DT5 train
DT4 Metro Hamburg
DT4 train
DT3 Metro Hamburg
DT3 train

Four lines to your destination


The U1

This line connects Norderstedt to the city centre and continues via the so-called Walddörfer to Großhansdorf or Ohlstedt. With 46 stops and over 55 kilometres of track, it is the longest metro line in Germany.

The U2

This line runs from Niendorf Nord to the city centre and on to the Mümmelmannsberg district. It takes 44 minutes to travel from one end to the other, over a distance of some 24 kilometres, with 25 stops en route. The U2 takes our passengers to the city’s zoo Hagenbecks Tierpark, the exhibition halls, and the racecourse known as the Horner Rennbahn.

The U3

Arguably the most beautiful metro line in the whole of Germany, it runs in a circle through Hamburg’s city centre, along the harbour and past the Elbphilharmonie. The first section of the U3 was opened in 1912, making it the oldest line in Hamburg too. Starting in the Barmbek neighbourhood, the U3 has a total of 26 stops, connecting the districts of Winterhude, Eppendorf, Sternschanze, St. Pauli and the city centre.

The U4

Opened in 2012, this newcomer to Hamburg’s metro system connects the eastern districts of the city. From the Billstedt district, the U4 line runs via the city centre to the HafenCity, terminating at the Elbbrücken stop, which opened at the end of 2018. Plans are currently well underway for a further section linking to Horner Geest area of the city.