Hamburg-Altona station

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Deutsche Bahn SS-Bahn-Logo.svg
Bahnhof Hamburg-Altona Außenansicht.jpg
Location Scheel-Plessen-Str. 17
22765 Hamburg[1]
Coordinates 53°33′07″N 09°56′06″E / 53.55194°N 9.93500°E / 53.55194; 9.93500Coordinates: 53°33′07″N 09°56′06″E / 53.55194°N 9.93500°E / 53.55194; 9.93500
Platforms 6 island
Other information
Station code 2517[2]
DS100 code
  • AA (main line)
  • AAS (S-Bahn)
Category 1[2]
Opened 18 September 1844; 172 years ago (1844-09-18)
Rebuilt 1898 relocated northwards by 700 m
Electrified 29 January 1908; 109 years ago (1908-01-29)
Previous names 1844-1938 Altona Hauptbahnhof
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
Terminus ICE 20
towards Basel SBB
ICE 22
towards Stuttgart Hbf
ICE 25
towards Munich Hbf
ICE 28
toward Budapest
Preceding station   Hamburg S-Bahn   Following station
toward Wedel
S1Hamburg S1.svg
toward Blankenese
S11Hamburg S11.svg
Terminus S2Hamburg S2.svg
toward Bergedorf
toward Pinneberg
S3Hamburg S3.svg
toward Stade
Terminus S31Hamburg S31.svg
toward Neugraben
Hamburg-Altona is located in Hamburg
Location within Hamburg
Hamburg-Altona is located in Germany
Location within Hamburg

Hamburg-Altona or Altona is a railway station in Hamburg, Germany. It is situated west of the city's main station, Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, in the district of Altona, and is the usual terminus for southbound long-distance trains.

The main line station Hamburg-Altona is a terminal station, and most InterCityExpress (ICE) services to southern Germany begin and terminate there. The underground station is named Altona and is used by the rapid transit trains of the Hamburg S-Bahn.[3] The station is managed by DB Station&Service.[2]


The first station with wings built in 1890 seen from the south
Altona Bahnhof (railway station) in 1971. Buses, trams, trains and S-Bahn trains all met at this spot.

The original Altona station was built at the end of the line from Kiel, some 300 metres south of the current station by the Altona-Kiel Railway Company and opened in 1844. Altona was then an independent city within the Duchy of Holstein, but is now the Borough of Altona and the old station is used as its town hall. In 1866 the link line was opened, allowing trains to run through to Klosterthor station (near the current Hamburg Hauptbahnhof) 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, now used by lines S1 and S11 of the S-Bahn.

Between 1893 and 1898 the Altona Hauptbahnhof (Altona Central Station) was opened at the current location. The 1898 station was badly damaged during World War II, but was rebuilt. It was demolished in the late 1970s during the construction of the City-S-Bahn, despite protests, because there was considered to be a danger that the tunnelling would lead to its collapse. It was replaced by the current two-storey, low-rise, grey, precast concrete structure, opened in 1979.


According to the German newspapers Hamburger Morgenpost and Die Welt in September 2009, the Deutsche Bahn AG plans to close the long distance train station at Altona and to build a new station at the area of Diebsteich station. Die Welt stated, that the Hamburg government has preliminary studies for the area to build flats and a park, that the area seems to be contaminated, and the date for opening of the new station is 2016.[4][5]

Station layout[edit]

The platforms and tracks of the station today

The new station was opened in 1979. Regional and long distance trains start and terminate at Altona at street-level bay platforms within the terminal. There are two underground island platforms for the city trains of Hamburg S-Bahn, accessible by stairs, escalators and lifts. In front of the station there is a bus station with connections to many parts of Hamburg.

Station services[edit]


Long distance[edit]

Altona is the terminus for ICE lines 25 and 28 to Munich, line 22 to Stuttgart and line 20 to Basel. ICE trains are run by Germany's national railway company, Deutsche Bahn.

Regional trains[edit]

The regional routes radiating from here include number R60 to Husum and Itzehoe and R70 to Neumünster and Kiel. Line R70 continues to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof.

S-Bahn (Rapid transit)[edit]

The trains on the Blankenese line from the city's western districts, S1 and S11, call at Altona and continue on to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof via the City S-Bahn and the Link line to Hamburg Airport and the northern terminus at Poppenbüttel. Route S3 runs from Pinneberg in north-west of the city via the Pinneberg line and continues via Jungfernstieg station and the Hauptbahnhof and via the Harburg S-Bahn to Neugraben and Stade in the south. Route S31 starts here and runs via the Link line and Holstenstrasse station and Central Station and via the Harburg S-Bahn to Harburg and Neugraben.[3]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff, DB-Konzern - Hamburg-Altona (in German), Deutsche Bahn AG, retrieved 2008-01-24 
  2. ^ a b c "Stationspreisliste 2017" [Station price list 2017] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Staff (2008-12-14), Rapid Transit/Regional Rail (Network plan, pdf) (PDF), Hamburger Verkehrsverbund, retrieved 2009-01-24 
  4. ^ Thomas Hirschbiegel, Jessica Kröll (2009-09-03). "Wohnungsbau statt Sackbahnhof" [Flats building instead of terminal] (in German). Hamburger Morgenpost. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  5. ^ 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] (in German). Die Welt. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 

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