Travel to Helgoland

Below you find some information that will help you to make your travel arrangements to Helgoland. If you have any questions not covered here, please contact us at any time ( closest mainland airports are Hamburg and Bremen. There are connecting flights from many international Hubs (Frankfurt, Munich, London, Paris, Amsterdam.....) to these regional airports. Bremen is also used by the budget airline Ryan Air (

Onward travel

1. From Hamburg:

From Hamburg airport you have two options to ´get to Helgoland': you can fly or take a ferry. The latter leaves for Helgoland at 9 am every day. Unless you have a very early flight this option will mean you have to stay an extra night in Hamburg. The second option is to fly from Regional airports at either Bremerhaven or Büsum. There is also a conventional ferry that takes you from Büsum to Helgoland. The trip takes about 2.5 hours and leaves Büsum at 9:30 in the morning. So most likely if you wish to connect this with a flight arriving in Hamburg, you will need to spend a night in BüsumThe airport at Hamburg is directly connected to public transport (S-Bahn) and there are direct trains from the airport to Hamburg's main train station. From there you can easily reach Bremerhaven and BüsumTraintickets can be booked at Plane tickets from the mainland to Helgoland can be booked at They have an online form for booking inquiries. In case of problems just let us know and we will make the booking by phone. Please note that tickets will be issued as you arrive at the airport. There is a company that offers direct flights from Hamburg to Helgoland. However, while they have a regular schedule, they often only fly if the plane is reasonably full. If you are interested in taking up this option let us know and we will try and arrange it for you.

2. From Bremen

Take tram No 6 from the airport to Bremen Main station (Hauptbahnhof). From there take the local train to Bremerhaven. Again, train tickets can be booked online at or at the station. From Bremerhaven you can fly to Helgoland ( You will need to take a cab to the airport.Alternatively if you prefer to take a ferry you could stay overnight and take the ferry from Bremerhaven the following morning (for more info see:

En route hotels


Motel 1: There are several Motel1s in Hamburg. We recommend you book into either the Motel 1 at the airport or at the 'Michel'. The latter is close to the harbour. Rooms are from 59 Euros per night: Hotel website

Intercity Hotel Hamburg Altona: This hotel is close to one of Hamburgs main railway stations. From there you can catch trains to Büsum (via Heide) or to Hamburg main station: Hotel website


City Hotel (close to the railway station): A small family-run hotel. Rooms are from 58 Euros per night. Hotel website

Hotel Haverkamp (in the city centre): Hotel website (please mention that you are coming for an AWI conference when making a booking).


Hotels by the airport:Atlantic airport hotel: located right opposite the departure terminal. Tram No 6 stops near the hotel entrance. Hotel website

Holiday Inn Express Bremen Airport: about a 2 minute walk from the airport's departure hall. Hotel website

Providers of travel to Helgoland


Cassen Eils (From Büsum, Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven)

Helgoline (Fast ferry from Hamburg via Cuxhaven)


OFD (From Bremerhaven, Büsum)