When visiting Hannover in Germany for either business or leisure purposes and provided that you choose to travel by air, you will land in Hannover International airport (IATA code: HAJ), a European hub for airline companies such as Condor, Eurowings, SunExpress and TUI fly, which link the German city to many major airports and holiday destinations within the continent as well as overseas.
The facilities of Hannover airport consist of three passenger terminals, one of which is currently closed to the public due to remodelling works; this has led to the relocation and distribution of check-in areas and departures among terminals A and B until works in terminal C are completed. It is possible and easy to walk from one terminal building to another in HAJ, thanks to the enabled walkways specifically designated for passengers. All shops and restaurants in the two operational terminals of Hannover airport remain open as usual and railway services are not affected either.
Which terminal in Hannover airport do I have to go?
It depends on which airline you will be flying with. At present, passengers flying from Hannover with Air France, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Eurowings, KLM, LOT, SAS, Sun Express, Swiss, TUI fly or Vueling must head to Terminal A for check-in and departure, while those on flights operated by Aegean, Aeroflot, British Airways, Condor, Flybe, Pegasus, Turkish Airlines or Wizz Air will find the airline counter and departure concourse in Terminal B.
Remodelling works are expected to be finished by late 2019, when some of the aforementioned airlines will go back to handle their operations from brand new Terminal C. From that time onwards, passengers will benefit from faster security checks and will also be able to walk between terminals on the airside, to mentions just a couple of the projected improvements.
Travelling from Hannover airport to the city centre
There are several ways to get to central Hannover from the airport after claiming your baggage:
There are taxi ranks in front of each terminal on its Arrivals level; it will take you 25 minutes approximately to reach your hotel or accommodation in downtown Hannover if you choose this option.
Alternatively, you may catch the railway S-Bahn line S5, which runs every 30 minutes and transports passengers from the airport to Hannover in less than 20 minutes, or the S8 line which provides direct transportation to Hannover Messe.
And lastly, probably the cheapest way to go from Hannover airport to the city is by taking public bus route 470 linking the passenger terminals to the Langenhagen-Zentrum station.
That being said, if you would rather opt for a more convenient means of ground transportation after landing, we recommend you check with your hotel whether they provide shuttle services for confirmed guests before travelling, and so confirm that you can be picked up by their staff upon arriving at the airport. Another good idea might be staying in a hotel close to Hannover airport, especially if your trip will last only a couple of nights, in the event of a short layover or when visiting the city for work.
Recommended hotels near Hannover airport in Germany
Both within short walking distance of the passenger terminals and Hannover airport’s railway station –from which direct train services are run all throughout the day-, the Maritim Airport Hotel Hannover and the Leonardo Hotel Hannover Airport offer well-appointed soundproof guest rooms, fine onsite dining, complimentary breakfast and spaces dedicated to physical activity and wellness. Besides, travellers who stay in either of them for work can have business meeting rooms arranged and use the high-speed free WiFi connection on their mobile devices. Visit the previous links for further information on the amenities available and how to book your stay near Hannover airport.