Hamburg's extensive public transport system consists of the U-Bahn (subway), the S-Bahn (suburban train), buses and harbour ferries, and makes getting around without a car pleasant and easy. The U-Bahn is excellent and serves the whole city centre. It connects with the S-Bahn that services the suburbs, and this train network is the fastest way to get around the city. Buses are also convenient and night buses operate in the downtown area.
Taxis are generally less expensive than in other German cities and are available at all hours, as are ride-sharing apps. It's possible to hire a car but parking in some areas of the city is extremely difficult to find and makes driving stressful. As in most German cities, it's possible to hire bicycles at very little cost in Hamburg. The city is generally considered safe, with many parts of it best explored on foot. But it's worth taking good care of possessions when walking and using public transport.
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