Hamburg-Altona station

Hamburg-Altona (or simply Altona) is a railway station in Hamburg, Germany, situated to the west of the city's main station, in the district which bears its name.

LocationScheel-Plessen-Str. 17
22765 Hamburg[1]
Coordinates53°33′07″N 09°56′06″E
Platforms6 island
Other information
Station code2517[2]
DS100 code
  • AA (main line)
  • AAS (S-Bahn)
Fare zoneHVV: A/101[3]
Opened18 September 1844 (1844-09-18)
Rebuilt1898 relocated northwards by 700 m
Electrified 29 January 1908 (1908-01-29), 6.3 kV AC system (overhead; turned off in 1955)[4]
15 July 1940 (1940-07-15), 1.2 kV DC system (3rd rail)[4]
4 April 1965 (1965-04-04), 15 kV AC system (overhead)[4]
Previous names1844-1938 Altona Hauptbahnhof
Preceding station   DB Fernverkehr   Following station
TerminusICE 18
via Nürnberg - Erfurt - Halle (Saale) - Berlin
towards Munich
ICE 20
towards Basel SBB
ICE 22
towards Stuttgart
ICE 25
via Hannover - Fulda - Würzburg - Nürnberg
towards Munich
ICE 26
towards Karlsruhe
ICE 28
via Nürnberg - Erfurt - Leipzig - Berlin
towards Munich
toward Prague
Preceding station   DB Regio Nord   Following station
RE 6
via Niebüll - Husum - Heide (Holst) - Itzehoe
Preceding station   nordbahn   Following station
toward Itzehoe or Wrist
RB 71Terminus
Preceding station   Hamburg S-Bahn   Following station
toward Wedel
S 1
toward Blankenese
S 11
TerminusS 2
toward Bergedorf
toward Pinneberg
S 3
toward Stade
TerminusS 31
toward Neugraben
Location in Hamburg
Location in Schleswig-Holstein
Location in Germany
Location in Europe

A main line terminal station, most Intercity-Express (ICE) services to and from southern Germany begin and terminate at Hamburg-Altona. It also has an underground station (named Altona) which is served by the rapid transit trains of the Hamburg S-Bahn.[5] The station is managed by DB Station&Service.[2]


The original Altona station was built by the Altona-Kiel Railway Company at the end of the line from Kiel, some 300 metres south of the current station. It opened in 1844, at which time Altona was an independent city within the Duchy of Holstein (the old station is currently used as the present-day Altona borough's town hall).

In 1866 the link line was opened, allowing trains to run through to Klosterthor station (near the main train station) and on to Berlin or Hanover. In 1867 the Altona-Blankenese railway was opened to the towns on the right bank of the river Elbe (this line is today used by S-Bahn lines S1 and S11).

In 1898 Altona Hauptbahnhof (Altona main station) was opened at the current location. It was badly damaged during World War II but subsequently rebuilt. The building was finally demolished in the late 1970s during the construction of the City-S-Bahn despite protests; it was feared that the tunnelling would cause the structure to collapse. It was replaced by the current two-storey, low-rise precast concrete structure upon its opening in 1979.


In September 2009 the Hamburger Morgenpost and Die Welt revealed that Deutsche Bahn AG plans to close the long distance train station at Altona and to build a new station in the area of Diebsteich station. According to Die Welt, the city government had preliminary studies for the area to build flats and a park. Initially it was expected that the new station would open in 2016.[6][7]

Station layout

Regional and long-distance trains start and terminate at the street-level bay platforms within the terminal. There are two underground island platforms for the Hamburg S-Bahn rapid transit trains, accessible by stairs, escalators and lifts. In front of the station there is a bus station with connections across the city.

Station services


Long distance

Altona is the terminus/starting point for ICE lines 18, 25 and 28 to Munich, line 22 to Stuttgart, line 26 to Karlsruhe and line 20 to Basel. All ICE services are run by Deutsche Bahn.

Line Route Interval
ICE 11 Hamburg-Altona Hamburg Berlin Leipzig Erfurt Frankfurt Mannheim Stuttgart Augsburg Munich Invidual services
ICE 18 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Berlin Halle – Erfurt Nuremberg Ingolstadt/Augsburg – Munich Every two hours
ICE 20 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Hannover Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Frankfurt – Mannheim Karlsruhe Freiburg BaselZürich (– Chur) Every two hours
ICE 22 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Hannover – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Frankfurt Frankfurt Flughafen – Mannheim Stuttgart Every two hours
ICE 25 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Hannover – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe Würzburg – Nuremberg – Ingolstadt – Munich Hourly
ICE 26 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Lüneburg – Hannover – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe Marburg Gießen – Frankfurt Darmstadt Heidelberg – Karlsruhe Every two hours
EC 27 (Kiel –) Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Ludwigslust – Berlin Dresden Prague Every two hours
ICE 28 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Berlin – Leipzig – Erfurt – Nuremberg – Ingolstadt/Augsburg – Munich Every two hours
ICE 30 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Bremen Osnabrück Münster Dortmund Essen Duisburg Düsseldorf Cologne One train
ICE 31 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Bremen Osnabrück Münster Dortmund Wuppertal Cologne Bonn Koblenz Mainz Frankfurt Flughafen Frankfurt Two train pairs
IC/EC 30 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Bremen Münster Dortmund Essen Duisburg Düsseldorf Cologne Bonn Mainz – Mannheim – Stuttgart
EC: Mannheim Karlsruhe Freiburg Basel Zürich / Interlaken Ost
Every two hours
EC: four train pairs
IC 31 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Bremen – Münster – Dortmund Wuppertal Solingen – Köln – Mainz – Frankfurt (– Würzburg – Nuremberg Regensburg Straubing Passau) Every two hours
ICE 42 Hamburg-Altona Hamburg Bremen Münster Dortmund Essen Duisburg Düsseldorf Köln Messe/Deutz – / Cologne Siegburg/Bonn Frankfurt Flughafen Mannheim Stuttgart Ulm Augsburg Munich One train pair
ICE 91 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Hannover – Göttingen Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe Fulda Würzburg Nuremberg Regensburg Plattling Passau Linz St. Pölten Wien Meidling Vienna One train pair
FLX 20 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Osnabrück – Münster Gelsenkirchen – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne  1–2 train pairs

Regional trains

Regional services available from Altona include number R60 to Husum and Itzehoe and R70 to Neumünster and Kiel. Line R70 continues to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof.

S-Bahn (Rapid transit)

The S1 and S11 line trains on the Blankenese line from the west of the city call at Altona and continue on towards Hamburg Hauptbahnhof via the City S-Bahn and the link line towards Hamburg Airport and the northern terminus at Poppenbüttel. Route S3 runs from Pinneberg in the north-west of the city via the Pinneberg line and continues via Jungfernstieg station and the Hauptbahnhof and via the Harburg S-Bahn towards Neugraben, eventually terminating at Stade in Lower Saxony. Route S31 starts here and runs via the link line, Holstenstrasse station and the Hauptbahnhof towards Harburg and Neugraben.[5]


Several shops are located in the station building, along with emergency and information telephones, ticket machines, toilets, lockboxes and personnel.[1]

See also


  1. Staff, DB-Konzern - Hamburg-Altona (in German), Deutsche Bahn AG, retrieved 2008-01-24
  2. "Stationspreisliste 2020" [Station price list 2020] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  3. "Tarifplan" (PDF). Hamburger Verkehrsverbund. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  4. Cf. „Streckenelektrifizierungen“, on: Königlich preußische Eisenbahndirection zu Altona, retrieved on 19 January 2018.
  5. Staff (2008-12-14), Rapid Transit/Regional Rail (Network plan, pdf) (PDF), Hamburger Verkehrsverbund, archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-01-17, retrieved 2009-01-24
  6. Thomas Hirschbiegel, Jessica Kröll (2009-09-03). "Wohnungsbau statt Sackbahnhof" [Flats building instead of terminal] (in German). Hamburger Morgenpost. Archived from the original on 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  7. Olaf Dittmann (2009-09-26). "Deutsche Bahn legt sich fest: Fernbahnhof Altona wird bis 2016 verlegt" [German Rail predefined: Long distance station Altona transferred until 2016]. Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 2009-10-09.
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