How to Reach Hannover
By Air: Hannover Airport
- Serves many major European Airlines.
- The S-Bahn train runs from the airport to the central station every 30 minutes (EUR 3; 17 minutes).
- A taxi from the airport to the city centre takes 15 minutes/EUR 20.
By Train: Central Station Hauptbahnhof
- There are many direct trains multiple times a day to Netherlands, Switzerland, France, and Austria.
- The InterCity Express (ICE) connects Hannover to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, and Berlin, but this is expensive.
- Regional trains are much cheaper.
By Road: Motorways A2 and A7 lead to Hannover.
The Central Bus Station, close to the Hauptbahnhof offers quick rides to most German cities and most major European cities, going up to Bosnia and Croatia.
If you get the Hannover Card, your transport is free of course, but if you don’t, then it can be a little confusing. Right off the bat, leave your car at the carpark; once you get the hang of it, the public transport is an absolute dream. Hannover is divided into multiple zones, and tickets are brought differently for each zone (unless you’re buying a combined ticket). Tickets are brought at machines; Cards are monthly subsciptions. Within the main city, you usually would not need more than a 1-zone ticket. Ticket prices within the city are as follows:
- Day Ticket: €4.90 (1 zone), €6.20, (2 zones), €7.70 (3 zones)
- Group Day Ticket (up to 5 persons): €9.40 (1 zone), €11.90 (2 zones), €14.60 (3 zones)
- Single-trip Ticket: €2.50 (1 zone), €3.20 (2 zone), €4.00 (3 zone)
- Short-trip Ticket (up to 3 stops for tram and 5 stops for bus): €1.50
- Reduced Ticket (children 6-14y, big dogs): €1.30 (all zone)
- Day Ticket Child (6-14 yrs): €2.60 (all zones)
- Special Price For 6 Single-trip Tickets (SammelTicket): €14.00 (1 zone), €17.50 (2 zones)
Most of Hannover’s main areas are can be walked or cycled, so that’s not a problem.