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Hanover : City

Hanover by rail

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Hanover 'Hauptbahnhof' (main station) is one of the main hubs on the German rail network, with over 700 trains and quarter of a million passengers passing through every day.  It's regarded as one of the cleanest and safest stations in Germany, having won a 'Station of the Year' award in 2004.

In addition to mainline trains, the station is also the hub for Hanover's suburban train (S-Bahn), tram and underground (Stadtbahn) network.

Hanover main station is located at the end of a pedestrianised street called Bahnhofstrasse (Station Road) at street level and also the Passarelle, where it runs one level down as a shopping promenade.  As the crow flies, it is just under 1 mile from the stadium, which can be reached on foot or by local public transport (see also our City centre to stadium page).

Local transport
Hanover operates a local public transport network of suburban trains, trams (some of which also run underground) and buses.  All of the local transport services are operated as part of the GVH (The Greater Hanover Transport Association).  The GVH public transport planner
linked to here has an English interface, but only recognises a few English entries.  For help with using it, see our City centre to stadium page. 


Hanover main railway station

Mainline Services
Hanover main station offers direct connections to 10 of the other 11 World Cup host cities - and the other one, Kaiserslautern, can be reached with one change.  See
German rail journey planner and details below:

Hanover to / from other World Cup cities by rail:

  • Frankfurt, c. 2 hrs 20 mins 
  • Hamburg, c. 1 hrs 20 mins
  • Cologne, c. 2 hrs 40 mins  
  • Nuremberg, c. 2 hrs 55  
  • Leipzig, c. 2 hrs 45 mins 
  • Munich, c. 4 hrs 35 mins 
  • Stuttgart, 3 hrs 50 mins 
  • Dortmund, c. 1 hrs 40 mins 
  • Berlin*, c. 1hrs 30 mins
  • Gelsenkirchen, c. 2 hrs 15 
  • Kaiserslautern, c. 3 hrs 50 mins (via Mannheim) 

    * Berlin Zoo

     Map of station location

  Links to other pages:

  German Rail
  The Eurodomino pass
  The German Rail pass


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