Lübeck: How to get there

By airplane

The closest international airport is Hamburg (HAM).

Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines

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To get from Hamburg airport to Lübeck, it is best to use the train. Take the S1 (suburban train – runs approximately every 10 Minutes) to Hamburg Main Station (Hauptbahnhof) and then a commuter train to Lübeck. On working days, commuter trains from Hamburg run every 30 minutes (on weekends and on holidays every 60 minutes). Total travel time from the airport is around 90 minutes. In addition to that, InterCity trains from Hamburg leave every 2 hours.

By train

Local trains from Hamburg Central station are about 15 EUR one way by commuter train, and take approximately 45 minutes.

A few direct InterCity trains daily arrive from Berlin, Munich/München, Cologne/Köln or Frankfurt. Other regular trains from Copenhagen (Denmark), Szczecin (Poland) and the Island of Fehmarn operate every 2 hours.

Frankfurt (FRA) is the largest airport in Germany. By ICE (InterCity Express) train, the trip to Lübeck will take about 5 to 6 hours. Regular, unrestricted tickets will cost about 125 EUR one way – or about 30 EUR when booked well ahead (but limited to the booked train, so we do not recommend this if you arrive straight from a long-haul flight).

The trip from Copenhagen takes just over 4 hours and will cost approximately 45 EUR one way.

Lübeck Congress offers a congress ticket at fixed prices. In 2018, a fully flexible second class ticket from anywhere in Germany is 139 EUR for the return trip. Unfortunately, the booking page is only available in German – but it should be manageable using tools like Google Translate. To try your luck, go to Lübeck Congress and click on the “Hier günstige DB-Anreise!” button. English instructions are available in this PDF.

Attendees from outside Europe, Russia or Turkey wishing to explore more of Germany may want to have a look at the German Rail Pass.


By car

Lübeck is about 60 km northeast of Hamburg and easily accessible by car through the Autobahn A1. With the opening of the new highway A20 (Baltic Sea highway) to Rostock, the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is only a very short distance away.


By sea

Lübeck, and its borough Travemünde, is a major Baltic ferry port. Most of the ferries run 1 or 2 times every day. Current connections are to Malmö (Sweden) or Helsinki (Finland), both operated by Finnlines. TT-Lines operates a connection from Trelleborg (Sweden).

Skandinavienkai is served by buses 40, 30, and 31 (timetable), which travel between Travemünde Strandbahnhof and Lübeck ZOB. There is also a train station called “Travemünde Skandinavienkai”; it is about 1 km from ferry terminal building. However, the only way between the ferry terminal and the train station is by those same buses. It is not possible to walk. The ferry companies will send a car to pick you up at this train station, if you let them know in advance.


Within Lübeck

Lübeck Hauptbahnhof, or Lübeck Central Railway Station, is located at the western edge of the city center (see map on the Lübeck page). Right next to it, you will find the central bus station (ZOB, Zentraler Omnibus-Bahnhof). To get to the main congress hotel, the Holiday Inn, the trip takes about 9 minutes by bus lines 10, 11, 21, 31,32 and 39 from platforms 3 or 19. Your destination station is “Gustav-Radbruch-Platz”, just opposite the Congress hotel. A single ride bus ticket within Lübeck is currently 2.60 EUR – if you want to take more trips, a weekly ticket at 20.70 EUR may pay off (and can start at any day of the week), although Lübeck is a very walkable city.


Main station

Lübeck main station