Hamburg Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours

All top attractions covered
All top attractions covered
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Regular schedule. Unlimited rides
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Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tours

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany and also one of the country’s favorite tourist destinations. With vibrant neighborhoods and architecture that face the Elbe River, Hamburg is bustling with activity. The city is known for its diverse harborfront, historic museums, and excellent local cafes.
Though the city has a well-connected public transport network, for a new visitor, it can be confusing to navigate. Knowing this, the Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tours are the most convenient way to take in the sights of this wonderful city. 
Keep reading along to find out why hop-on hop-off buses are the best way to travel around and see all the sights of this city.

Why choose Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tours?

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Hop-on hop-off tours are the easiest and most convenient way to explore the lively German city of Hamburg:

  • Open-top buses: The double-decker buses offer an excellent vantage point to see all the must-see tourist attractions and landmarks in Hamburg.
  • Visit the top landmarks: You can visit all the top city attractions, and only get off at those stops you wish, or just enjoy the sights from the comfort of the bus. 
  • Easy and convenient: Hop-on hop-off tickets offer great value since you can visit most of the city’s major attractions and not have to worry about following a fixed itinerary or transport.
  • Saves money: Since the buses stop at all of the city’s major attractions, you can save money on transportation when compared to visiting each separately. 
  • Pre-recorded commentary: There are audio guides available on board that give you running commentary of the attractions the bus will visit.

Which Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tour is best for you?

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If you are short on time

Go for: hop-on hop-off bus tours
Duration: Flexible
Guide: English audio guide in 11 languages

  • These hop-on hop-off tours are ideal for travelers who do not have much time and want to make the most of their visit to Hamburg.
  • These tours are valid for 24 hours and include an audio guide in 11 languages, a sightseeing map, headphones, and an optional harbor cruise or an Alster Lake cruise. 

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If you want to explore the city in-depth

Go for: Hamburg city tour
Duration: 1 day
Guide: Audio guide in 6 languages

  • You can get on and off the bus as many times as you want. With 15 stops along the route and buses every 20 to 40 minutes, this ticket allows you to explore the city's iconic attractions at your convenience. 
  • You can also enjoy access to a 1-hour harbor cruise along the Elbe River and GPS-controlled audio guides, available in multiple languages, which give you interesting information about the attractions as you pass them. 

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Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tour timetable

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Stadtrundfahrt tour timings:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:25 AM to 4:55 PM (from St. Pauli Landungsbrucken)
  • Friday to Sunday, public, and bank holidays: 9:15 AM to 4:55 PM (from St. Pauli Landungsbrucken)
    Frequency: every 30 mins
    Popular stops: Elbphilharmonie, HafenCity, and Speicherstadt

Stadtrundfahrt harbor cruise: 

  • April to October: 10 AM to 6 PM (from St. Pauli Landungsbrucken)
    Frequency: every 15 to 30 mins
  • November to March: 10 AM to 6 PM (from St. Pauli Landungsbrucken)
    Frequency: every 30 to 45 mins

Stadtrundfahrt Alster Lake cruise:

  • Open: 11 AM to 4 PM (from Anleger Jungfernstieg)
    Frequency: every 30 mins

Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tour routes

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Stadrundfahrt tour

This sightseeing bus tour runs along Line A of the city and offers a curated route with 20 designated stops. You can also upgrade your tour with a 1 or 2-hour harbor cruise starting at St. Pauli Piers on the River Elbe.
The red double-decker Stadrundfahrt bus departs from St. Pauli Landungsbrucken and passes through iconic spots like Speicherstadt, HafenCity, Reeperbahn, and the Town Hall.

Hamburg city tour

The Hamburg city tour is valid for 1 day. This hop-on-hop-off bus tour runs along a single route that has 15 stops. You can get on and off the bus an unlimited number of times and see several iconic attractions in Hamburg, including Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt, Alster Lake, Outer Alster, and St. Michaelis Church.

Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tour highlights

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St. Michaeliskirche

St. Michaeliskirche, also known as Michel, is one of Hamburg's largest churches, dating from the 17th century and dedicated to the Archangel Michael.


The warehouse district of Hamburg represents the city’s long maritime legacy. There are museums like German Customs Museum, and the Hamburg Dungeon.

Hamburg City Hall

The Hamburg Rathaus is the seat of the city’s government. Located in the city’s Altstadt quarter in the city center, it was built in the 1880s.

Hamburger Kunsthalle

The Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of the largest art museums in the country. It covers seven centuries of European art, from the Middle Ages to the present day.


The Reeperbahn, located in the St. Pauli district is popularly known as the sinful mile, is one of Hamburg's two nightlife hotspots and the city's famous red-light area.

Marco Polo Terraces

Located in the heart of HafenCity, Marco Polo Terraces is a popular gathering spot and offers a spectacular panorama of the Grasbrook harbor.

St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken

St. Pauli Piers, or the Landdungsbrucken, is located on the Elbe river, here you can find the Fischmarkt (Fish Market), and a harbor for pleasure boats.


One of the main shopping avenues is the Mönckebergstraße (also known as Mö colloquially), it houses many famous retailers like H&M, Zara, Kaufhof, etc.

Hotel Atlantic

Historic and opulent, the Hotel Atlantic was built in 1909 ‌in the St. Georg neighborhood of Hamburg.

Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland is the world's largest model train system. Here you can see miniature versions of several cities and landmarks from around the world.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Located in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) sits along the Elbe River and is a concert hall.

Alster Lakes

The Alster Lakes are two artificial lakes, which are formed by the Alster River on the outskirts of Hamburg. The Außenalster or Outer Alster is particularly popular for sailing and rowing.

Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tour visitor tips and guidelines

  • Know the route: Find out the route that your hop-on hop-off bus tour will take and decide which stops you would like to get off at and the attractions where you want to spend time beforehand. 
  • Best time to visit: The best time to visit Hamburg is from May to September when the weather is pleasant. However, if you wish to go there during Oktoberfest or visit the delightful Christmas markets, carry warm clothing, as the weather can be quite chilly.
  • Get tickets online: Purchase the hop-on hop-off tickets in advance online, so you can directly board the bus at the closest stop to your hotel.
  • Buy attraction tickets: Note that while some attractions are free to enter, many sights require entry tickets. Be sure to purchase these in advance to avoid long wait times outside the attraction. 
  • Set out early: Set out as early as possible and plan for a buffer period to visit all the hotspots, as most tourist attractions might be crowded. 
  • Carry a jacket: Wear light jackets and take a rain jacket with you as Hamburg gets rainfall almost around every year.
  • Comfortable clothing: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes as you might be on your feet for hours exploring the sights.

Frequently asked questions about Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tours

Does Hamburg have a hop-on hop-off bus tour?

Yes, Hamburg does have a hop on hop off bus tour with a number of distinct routes.

Where can I buy hop-on hop-off Hamburg tickets?

You can purchase Hop on hop off Hamburg bus tour tickets online.

Are hop-on hop-off Hamburg tickets available online?

Yes, you can buy hop-on hop-off Hamburg tickets online here.

How much does hop on hop off bus cost in Hamburg?

There are various hop-on hop-off bus tours, and their tickets which begin from €18.15.

How do hop on hop off buses work in Hamburg?

Hop-on hop-off buses are tourist buses that allow you to board and leave whenever you like and sightsee at your own convenience

How often are the hop-on hop-off buses in Hamburg?

Hamburg hop-on hop-off bus tours run at a frequency of 15 to 45 minutes.

Are there audio guides on the hop-on hop-off Hamburg bus tours?

Yes, you will get access to audio guides available in German and English, to help you learn more about the city.

Are hop-on hop-off Hamburg bus tours accessibility-friendly?

Yes, the hop-on hop-off tours in Hamburg are accessibility-friendly for wheelchair users.