Hamburg-Altona station

Coordinates: 53°33′07″N 09°56′06″E / 53.55194°N 9.93500°E / 53.55194; 9.93500
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Deutsche Bahn
General information
LocationScheel-Plessen-Str. 17
22765 Hamburg[1]
Coordinates53°33′07″N 09°56′06″E / 53.55194°N 9.93500°E / 53.55194; 9.93500
  • Deutsche Bahn ICE and regional rail
  • Hamburg S-Bahn:
    • S1
    • S2
    • S3
  • Hamburg-Altona link line
  • Hamburg City S-Bahn
Platforms6 island
Other information
Station code2517[2]
DS100 code
  • AA (main line)
  • AAS (S-Bahn)
Fare zoneHVV: A/101[3]
Opened18 September 1844; 179 years ago (1844-09-18)
Rebuilt1898 relocated northwards by 700 m
Electrified 29 January 1908; 116 years ago (1908-01-29), 6.3 kV AC system (overhead; turned off in 1955)[4]
15 July 1940; 83 years ago (1940-07-15), 1.2 kV DC system (3rd rail)[4]
4 April 1965; 59 years ago (1965-04-04), 15 kV AC system (overhead)[4]
Previous names1844-1938 Altona Hauptbahnhof
Preceding station DB Fernverkehr Following station
Terminus ICE 4 Hamburg Dammtor
ICE 11 Hamburg Dammtor
towards München Hbf
ICE 12 Hamburg Dammtor
towards Chur
ICE 15 Hamburg Hbf
Reverses direction ICE 18 Hamburg Dammtor
towards München Hbf
towards Kiel Hbf
Terminus ICE 20 Hamburg Dammtor
towards Zürich HB
ICE 24 Hamburg Dammtor
ICE 25 Hamburg Dammtor
towards München Hbf
ICE 26 Hamburg Dammtor
towards Hamburg Hbf
ICE 28 Hamburg Dammtor
ICE 43 Hamburg Dammtor
towards Basel SBB
EC 27 Hamburg Dammtor
towards Praha
EC 43 Hamburg Dammtor
Preceding station DB Regio Nord Following station
Elmshorn RE 6 Terminus
Preceding station nordbahn Following station
Terminus RB 71 Pinneberg
towards Itzehoe
Preceding station Hamburg S-Bahn Following station
towards Wedel
S1 Königstraße
Terminus S2 Holstenstraße
towards Aumühle
towards Pinneberg
S3 Königstraße
Hamburg-Altona is located in Hamburg
Location in Hamburg
Hamburg-Altona is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Location in Schleswig-Holstein
Hamburg-Altona is located in Germany
Location in Germany
Hamburg-Altona is located in Europe
Location in Europe

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.

A main line terminal station, most Intercity-Express (ICE) services linking Hamburg with 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] As a result of frequent protests, that date has been delayed until 2027.[citation needed]

Station layout[edit]

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[edit]


Long distance[edit]

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 DB Fernverkehr.

Line Route Interval
ICE 11 Hamburg-AltonaHamburgBerlinLeipzigErfurtFrankfurtMannheimStuttgartAugsburgMunich Some trains
ICE 18 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Berlin – Halle – Erfurt – NurembergIngolstadt – Munich Every two hours
ICE 20 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – HannoverKassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Frankfurt – Mannheim – KarlsruheFreiburgBaselZürich (– Chur)
ICE 24 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Hannover – KasselWürzburg – Augsburg – Munich – Schwarzach-St. Veit Some trains
ICE 25 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Hannover – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Würzburg – Nuremberg – Ingolstadt – Munich Hourly
ICE 26 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Lüneburg – Hannover – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – MarburgGießen – Frankfurt – DarmstadtHeidelberg – Karlsruhe Every two hours
EC 27 (Kiel –) Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Ludwigslust – Berlin – DresdenPrague
ICE 28 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Berlin – Leipzig – Erfurt – Nuremberg – Munich
Jena One train pair
ICE 29 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Berlin – Halle – Erfurt – Nuremberg – Ingolstadt – Munich 5 train pairs
ICE 39 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Bremen – MünsterEssenDüsseldorfCologne Some trains
ICE 42 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Bremen – Münster – Dortmund – Essen – Düsseldorf – Köln Messe/Deutz – / Cologne – Siegburg/BonnFrankfurt FlughafenMannheimStuttgartUlm – Augsburg – Munich One train pair
ICE 43 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Bremen – Münster – Dortmund – Essen – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Siegburg/Bonn – Frankfurt Airport MannheimKarlsruheFreiburgBasel Some trains
EC 43 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Bremen – Münster – Dortmund – Essen – Düsseldorf – Cologne – BonnMainz – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Freiburg – Basel – Zürich or Interlaken Ost Two train pairs
ICE 91 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg – Hannover – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – FuldaWürzburg – Nuremberg – RegensburgPlattlingPassauLinzSt. PöltenWien MeidlingVienna One train pair

Regional trains[edit]

Regional services available from Altona include number RE 6/60 to Westerland (Sylt) and RB 71 to Itzehoe and Wrist.

S-Bahn (Rapid transit)[edit]

The S1 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 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. Route S2 starts here and runs via the link line, Holstenstrasse station and the Hauptbahnhof towards Bergedorf and Aumühle.[5]


Several shops are located in the station building, along with 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 24 January 2008
  2. ^ a b c "Stationspreisliste 2024" [Station price list 2024] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 24 April 2023. Retrieved 29 November 2023.
  3. ^ "Tarifplan" (PDF). Hamburger Verkehrsverbund. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Cf. "Streckenelektrifizierungen", on: Königlich preußische Eisenbahndirection zu Altona, retrieved on 19 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b Staff (14 December 2008), Rapid Transit/Regional Rail (Network plan, pdf) (PDF), Hamburger Verkehrsverbund, archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2009, retrieved 24 January 2009
  6. ^ Thomas Hirschbiegel, Jessica Kröll (3 September 2009). "Wohnungsbau statt Sackbahnhof" [Flats building instead of terminal] (in German). Hamburger Morgenpost. Archived from the original on 10 September 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  7. ^ Olaf Dittmann (26 September 2009). "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 9 October 2009.

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