Hamburg-Holstein transport company

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Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH
Hamburg-Holstein Transport Authority 2016 logo.svg
Basic information
Company headquarters Hamburg
Web presence
Reference year 2018
owner 94.19% Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement mbH of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (HGV) , 5.81% VHH-Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (districts of Pinneberg, Segeberg, Stormarn, Duchy of Lauenburg)
Managing directors Toralf Müller (technology / operations),
Nora Wolters (commercial)
Transport network HVV
Employee 2109
sales 126.1 million euros (2018)dep1
bus 160 in the HVV, as well as “swimming rides” from schools to the indoor pools for schoolchildren
number of vehicles
Omnibuses 677 (1/2020)
Passengers 106.6 million (2018)
Mileage 34.011 million km (2018)
Stops 1871 (2016)
Catchment area Hamburg (north of the Elbe), districts of Pinneberg, Segeberg, Stormarn and the Duchy of Lauenburgdep1
Length of line network
Bus routes 3,226.3 km (2016)dep1
Operating facilities
Depots 7 depots (5 of them with workshops), 4 operating locations
Other operating facilities VHH-InfoShop on the ZOB Bergedorf Bf.

The transport company Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (TBR) is - according to the Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HHA) - the second largest bus transport companies in northern Germany and has approximately 1,737 employees. Most of the lines licensed to them are operated in Hamburg and the Holstein districts of Pinneberg , Segeberg , Stormarn and Duchy of Lauenburg within the Hamburg Transport Association (HVV). In 2017, VHH had a cost coverage ratio of 91.2% (2012: 93.7%).

In addition to city bus and regional bus routes in Hamburg and beyond, the VHH operates among others. a. the city and local traffic in Wedel , Schenefeld , Pinneberg , Quickborn , Norderstedt , Henstedt-Ulzburg , Ahrensburg , Reinbek , Wentorf , Geesthacht and Lauenburg as well as numerous bus routes in the exempted school traffic within the HVV. In addition, trips are made for the students between the schools and the swimming pools (e.g. in Pinneberg and Norderstedt). The VHH serves Hamburg's westernmost ( Rissen ), northernmost ( Duvenstedt ), easternmost ( Altengamme ) and southernmost ( Zollenspieker or Krauel in the Vierlanden ) stops . Since December 2018, the VHH has been operating the bus route E30 (since December 15, 2019 X30), which connects Bergedorf with Harburg, and now bus routes in all districts in Hamburg .

VHH buses operate some lines in north-eastern Hamburg (especially in the Rahlstedt area) on behalf of the HHA, in the Pinneberg district some trips are made for the subsidiary Kreisverkehrsgesellschaft in Pinneberg (KViP), especially in the Barmstedt area . Until December 31, 2014, the VHH also carried out the Neumünster city ​​bus service on behalf of Stadtwerke Neumünster (SWN, outside the HVV).

As a so-called central transport company (ZVU), the VHH is responsible for all transport companies in the HVV for school advice, mobility advice for senior citizens and mobility advice for refugees.

Logo of Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein  AG from December 2012 to September 2015


The VHH PVG group of companies , which existed from 2000 to 2012, was an equal group of the Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein AG (VHH) and the Pinneberger Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (PVG). In 2011 it carried just under 108 million passengers with a fleet of around 580  buses . Since December 1, 2012, the two companies have been united as VHH.

So that the VHH can be taken into account in its traditional area when awarding transport services in Hamburg as part of a direct award, various framework conditions must be observed. This includes that the VHH only carries out its transport services within the HVV network area. Therefore, the previously belonging to the VHH bus operation in not part of the HVV area Neumünster was spun off from the VHH of the year 2014/2015 and with resources and staff to the to Neumünster Stadtwerke Beteiligungen GmbH belonging SWN Transport GmbH transferred. The order services for Stadtwerke Neumünster most recently resulted in sales of 5.7 million euros per year.

On October 1, 2015, VHH AG changed its corporate form to a GmbH .

The journeys on the A20 line, which has been operated outside the HVV for years, between the Hamburg central bus station at the main train station and Lübeck-Blankensee Airport on the A1 and A20 motorways were discontinued on May 31, 2016, as there are no longer any scheduled flights there.

The story of VHH and PVG is described below:

Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein AG (1954 to 1999)

Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein AG (until 2012)
Logo of the Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein AG
Basic information
Company headquarters Hamburg-Bergedorf
Transport network HVV (since 1965)
Employee about 1000
sales 55.05 million euros (2011)dep1
number of vehicles
Omnibuses approx. 380
Operating facilities
Depots 6 and 3 operating points

Originated from two railway companies

The VHH came into being - after initial considerations in the 1940s - on April 7, 1954 from the Bergedorf-Geesthacht Railway (BGE) founded on August 31, 1905 and opened on December 20, 1906 , which on September 11, 1926 launched the first three buses and coaches started from Bergedorf. Shortly before, on September 1, 1953, the BGE had taken over the Stormarn District Transport Company (VKSt) , which had been founded in 1928 and operated the Südstormarnsche Kreisbahn and some bus routes. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg held 88.11% of the shares in the new transport company, while the Stormarn district held 11.89%. At that time, 73 buses and 26  bus trailers were used, and 20 bus routes were served.

BGE bus routes taken over

01 Hamburg ZOB - Billstedt - Bergedorf - Geesthacht - Lauenburg (from January 2, 1967 HVV express bus line 21 [later 31] with red line number , partly also lines 131 [ex 1b], 231 [ex 1a])0
02 0Bergedorf train station - Kirchwerder - Krauel (from 1967 HVV line 225)
03 0Bergedorf train station - Horst - Altengamme (from September 1967 HVV line 228)
04 0Hamburg ZOB - Billstedt - Bergedorf train station - Wentorf - Reinbek (later only eastern section, then HVV line 235)
06a Bergedorf train station - Lohbrügge - Glinde (later HVV line 137)
06b Reinbek train station - Glinde (later HVV line 237)
06c Bergedorf station - Lohbrügge - Reinbek station - Schönningstedt - Ohe / - Neuschönningstedt (later HVV lines 136/236)
07 0Bergedorf train station - Pollhof - Curslack (later HVV line 225)
10 0Bergedorf train station - Howe (later HVV line 223)
11 0Bergedorf train station - (Curslack) / Neuengamme (later HVV line 227)
12 0Bergedorf train station - Reitbrook - Fünfhausen (later HVV line 222)
13 0Hamburg central bus station - Rothenburgsort - Tiefstack - Moorfleet - Ochsenwerder - Fünfhausen - Howe - Zollenspieker (on January 2, 1967, no service from central bus station to Rothenburgsort was lifted, HVV line 120)
14 0Bergedorf train station - Billwerder - Allermöhe (later HVV line 221)
15 0Bergedorf ring line (later HVV line 135)
17 0Bergedorf train station - Nettelnburg (later first HVV line 226, then 235)

Lines of the former transport company of the Stormarn district (VKSt)

21 0Hamburg ZOB - Wandsbek - Rahlstedt - Stapelfeld - Großensee - ( Lütjensee ) - Trittau (on January 2, 1967 ZOB - Wandsbek Markt closed, the rest as HVV line 164, later 364)
22 0Hamburg ZOB - Billstedt - Oststeinbek - Glinde - Neu-Schönningstedt - Witzhave - Trittau (from May 28, 1967 from the Horner Rennbahn underground station as HVV line 333)
23a Ahrensburg train station - Schmalenbeck - Siek (later HVV line 469)
23b Ahrensburg train station - Hoisbüttel - Timmerhorn (until 1955, later HVV line 376)
23c Ahrensburg station - Am Hagen settlement - Volksdorf station . (later partly HVV line 269)
24 0Ahrensburg station - Groß-Hansdorf U-station. - Hoisdorf - Lütjensee - Trittau - Hamfelde (later HVV line 369)

The Ahrensburg 23 lines were sold to a private entrepreneur on January 1, 1955 for reasons of economy, but some of them were taken over again in September 1956. The Ahrensburg city traffic was given route number 25, where Daimler-Benz O 319 minibuses were initially used. Line 24 was extended from Hamfelde to Basthorst in the Herzogtum Lauenburg district. Line 22 was shortened from Hamburg ZOB via Billstedt and Glinde to Neu-Schönningstedt, the section from here to Trittau took over the new line 26.
Further lines were set up:

05 0Bergedorf Bf. - Lohbrügge Markt - Leuschnerstr. - Max Eichholz Ring (from 1964)
08 0Bergedorf train station - Lohbrügge Markt - Ladenbeker Furtweg - Riehlweg - Höperfeld - Bergedorf train station (from September 30, 1956; later HVV line 134)
09 Boberg (Havighorst) - Accident Hospital - Lohbrügge Nord - Bergedorf Bf. (From September 30, 1962; after 1964 extended via Holtenklinke to Börnsen; extended to Neu-Börnsen on January 2, 1967, HVV line 234 or 435)0
16 0Bergedorf station - Mohnhof - observatory - cemetery (June 3, 1956 - May 26, 1962, only on Sundays)
18 0Öjendorf - Billstedt - Billbrook - Tiefstack - Rothenburgsort , Zollvereinstr. (on September 24, 1967 divided into HVV lines 233 and 360, the latter later on HVV line 130)
19 0Billbrook - Billwerder-Moorfleet train station - Moorfleet (later partly HVV line 460, then 330, now 432)
20 0Hamburg ZOB - Billstedt - Glinde (on January 2, 1967 the ban on service between ZOB and Billstedt was lifted and then extended as HVV route 332 via Schönningstedt to Kronshorst)
26 0Hamburg ZOB - Billstedt - Kirchsteinbek - Boberg - Reinbek, Juridwerke - Schönningstedt - Neu-Schönningstedt, Haidkrug - Trittau (from May 30, 1965, later as HVV line 332 from Billstedt)
27 0Reinbek - Schönningstedt - Neu-Schönningstedt - Stemwarde - Stellau - Stapelfeld - Braak - Siek - Schmalenbeck - Groß-Hansdorf - Ahrensburg, vocational school (school trips from 1957; was only integrated into the HVV tariff in January 1982, initially as line 469, then 437, now 776)
28 0Reinbek - Schönningstedt - Neuschönningstedt - Glinde - Willinghusen - Stemwarde - Stellau - Stapelfeld - via the A1 motorway - Bad Oldesloe , vocational school (single trip in the morning, back in the afternoon) This line was never part of the HVV service.
30 0Bergedorf train station - Lohbrügge Markt - Lohbrügge Nord, Leuschnerstraße (from November 1964; later HVV line 334)
31 0Bergedorf Bf. - Lohbrügge Markt - Leuschnerstr. - Röpraredder - Reinbek, Hamburger Str. - Hinschendorf settlement - Störmer Weg (from September 26, 1965; from January 2, 1967 HVV line 137)

The operation of the railroad (only freight traffic) was transferred to the AKN as early as 1956 .

At VHH, bus drivers were used as so-called "self-collectors" from the start, and conductors were mainly used in bus trains until 1957 . The last conductor's bus was a three-door Mercedes-Benz O 317k from 1967 with a conductor's seat on the rear door (two-lane entry), which ran as a one-off with the last conductor on the 135 line in Bergedorf until December 19, 1974. From 1953 onwards, tickets were sold on buses using the Almex ticket printer , and from 1967 to 1998 for the HVV community tariff using TIM printers . The introduction of electronic ticket printer was first at the depot Quickborn, made until 1998., 1994

From 1955 was FM - radio telephony introduced in 1956 the first fully automatic bus washing system used in Germany. At the end of 1957, 90 of the 276 vehicles in use at VHH were already equipped with two-way radios and connected to the headquarters in Bergedorf. There were also two workshop auxiliary vehicles. From 1958, heating systems for buses were installed in the Bergedorf depot.

Expansion by taking over bus operations in Holstein

  • On July 1, 1956, the VHH took over the city bus service in Neumünster from the Glau and Habild company with the depot in Rosenstrasse as well as 19 buses and 4  bus trailers and then operated the lines 51-68. 1957/1958 the local traffic Bordesholm was served by the VHH. In 1958 lines to Heidmühlen , Wahlstedt and Bad Bramstedt were added.
  • In September 1956, the bus operator Gatermann in Ahrensburg was taken over and operated as line 25. The Ahrensburger Linien operation, which had already been handed over to a private entrepreneur on January 1, 1955, was taken over again in 1957. This later became the HVV routes 169/269.
  • On November 1, 1957, the Heinrich Prahl bus company in Bad Bramstedt with 16 buses (Borgward, Büssing, Magirus-Deutz and Krauss-Maffei ), 3  articulated buses and an equipment wagon as well as 17 bus routes to Hamburg, Hohenwestedt , Itzehoe and Bad Segeberg and between Kellinghusen and Nortorf and continued to operate under new line numbers:
0101 0Hamburg ZOB - Bönningstedt - Quickborn - Bad Bramstedt - Hohenwestedt
0102 0Bad Bramstedt - Kellinghusen - Itzehoe
0103 0Hamburg Ochsenzoll train station - Harksheide, Schützenwall (ban on use on Ulzburger Str. Lifted in July 1967, HVV line 193)
0104 0Barmstedt - Itzehoe (only until 1959)
0105 0Barmstedt - Lutzhorn
0106 0Ochsenzoll train station - Harksheide - Rhen - Ulzburg - Kisdorf (- Bad Segeberg ) (on November 1, 1967 Ochsenzoll - Kisdorf replaced by HVV line 293, the rest of them closed)
0107 0Bad Bramstedt - Hartenholm - Bad Segeberg
0110 0Kaltenkirchen - Struvenhütten
0111 0Bad Bramstedt - Moorkaten - Sievershütten - Bad Segeberg
0112 0Bad Bramstedt - Weddelbrook - Mönkloh (1972 to Storjohann in Bad Bramstedt)
0113 0Hamburg Ochsenzoll train station - Glashütte - Tangstedt - Wilstedt - Wakendorf II (- Kisdorf) (from September 24, 1967 only to Wilstedt, first HVV line 192, from May 1968 line 378)
As early as 1962, the operating site with the lines in Bad Bramstedt was handed over to the Deutsche Bundespost , the remaining lines were now operated from Quickborn.
  • On February 1, 1962, the VHH took over the bus operation of the Paul Mullikas company in Quickborn with its depot, 24 buses (Krauss-Maffei and Daimler-Benz) and 7 bus trailers as well as the lines between Barmstedt , Pinneberg and Hamburg ( Schnelsen and Langenhorn ). This included line 100, which had been in operation since the 1920s and ran from Barmstedt via Quickborn to the central bus station in Hamburg, and line 118, introduced in 1950, which ran from Ochsenzoll station via Garstedt, Schnelsen and Rellingen to Pinneberg station. The latter was given HVV line number 195 on September 24, 1967.
0100 0Hamburg ZOB - Bönningstedt - Quickborn - Barmstedt (from September 1967 Quickborn – Barmstedt, first HVV line 179, from 1968 line 294)
0116/117 Pinneberg train station - Borstel-Hohenraden - Quickborn - Friedrichsgabe - Hamburg Ochsenzoll train station (from September 1967 HVV line 194)
0118 0Pinneberg train station - Rellingen - Ellerbek - Hamburg-Schnelsen - Garstedt - Hamburg Ochsenzoll train station (from September 1967 HVV line 195)
0119 0Pinneberg train station - Rellingen - Tangstedt (from September 1967 HVV line 395)
The line 100 operated since December 1927 was split up in 1967: the north-western part of Barmstedt-Quickborn was first operated as line 179, then as line 294 within the HVV, the remaining part (Hamburg-Quickborn) was operated together with line 101 outside the HVV tariff continued to operate with alternating routes within Hamburg (Eidelstedt and Niendorf). Later the line with the alternating tours was taken over by Autokraft : Course book number 1675 Hamburg ZOB - Quickborn - Bad Bramstedt (- Neumünster - Kiel), from 1998 under the line number 4540.
  • On April 1, 1962, the VHH took over the city bus service of Gustav Eder in Geesthacht with two Krauss-Maffei KMS-125 buses (from 1966 line 16, from 24 September 1967 HVV line 331) .
  • On September 27, 1970, the Joseph Meister bus company in Lauenburg was taken over with five buses and two minibuses and then operated as HVV line 531.
  • On January 1, 1972, the bus company Hansa Kiel GmbH in Kronshagen was taken over with eleven buses (intercity bus routes 81-83). The concessions for these lines were given to PVG on February 1, 1978 (according to sources from the HHA, to which PVG belonged at the time, in May 1977, presumably the date of the takeover), which handed them over to Autokraft on June 1, 1985 .

The VHH as the HVV transport company

In 1965 the VHH was a founding member of the first transport association in Germany, the Hamburg transport association HVV. In connection with the integration into the network, the previous bus line 1 (Hamburg  ZOB - Billstedt - Bergedorf - Geesthacht - Lauenburg) was converted into a regional express bus line. As line 21, it now operates at the 1st class / express bus tariff of the HVV, today the line number is 31. From January 2, 1967 to the end of July 1968, the line numbers in the HVV were largely changed. The city and regional bus routes now received three-digit numbers with the area identifier as the middle digit, so that a clear assignment was possible and there were no more double names. Some regionally operating lines have been integrated into the Hamburg city network, for example the previous line 21 (Hamburg ZOB - Wandsbek - Rahlstedt - Trittau ) between Hamburg ZOB and Wandsbek Markt was discontinued (due to parallel traffic to the U-Bahn), which is now 164 (later 364) then served all stops of the HHA line 64 (later 164) between U-Bf, which also ran here. Wandsbek Markt and Rahlstedt as well, the previous operating ban has been lifted.
Lines 100/101 between Hamburg Hbf / ZOB and Bad Bramstedt and 105 to Lutzhorn, like lines 27 and 28, were not integrated into the HVV tariff. The former were given up to Autookraft in the 1990s.

In 1967 a new line 431 was set up from Geesthacht Markt over the new Elbe bridge to Nieder marschacht . The line was later extended to Lauenburg via Artlenburg . This line leads to / through Lower Saxony .

In 1967 the VHH lines operated within the HVV had a length of 736.9 km (+ 127.9 km), the route length here was 432 km (+ 13.3 km), there were 21.7 million transport cases on 45 lines , with 173 buses 825.8 million square kilometers were covered, the space utilization was 22.5%. The number of stops was 621. The average travel speed was 25.5 km / h.
In 1968, 267 buses were used. To compensate for the lost services on the bus routes between Hamburg ZOB and Wandsbek or Billstedt , which were withdrawn there due to the newly built subway , the VHH received services as trips on HHA bus routes in the Wandsbek area. Such trips are still carried out to a much lesser extent, especially in the Hamburg-Rahlstedt area.
The rail replacement service in September 1973 on the section of the Elmshorn-Barmstedt-Oldesloer Eisenbahn (EBOE) from Barmstedt via Ulzburg to Bad Oldesloe, which was not included in the HVV community tariff, was operated by the VHH until 1983, after which it was operated for several years Taken over by the Otto Strunk bus company, most recently with a joint license with VHH / PVG. In the meantime, line 7141 from Henstedt-Ulzburg via Nahe to Bad Oldesloe is operated solely by the VHH; On the stretch from Barmstedt via Langeln and Alveslohe to Henstedt-Ulzburg, only one trip in this direction is offered as route 6541 - the replacement service is no longer required here due to the resumption of rail traffic - the remaining journeys on route 6541 now serve here the area to Shirtingen.

In 1976 the VHH used 321 buses from operating locations in Hamburg-Bergedorf, Glinde , Trittau, Ahrensburg , Lauenburg, Quickborn, Neumünster and Kiel (here 6 cars).
1975–1979 the oldest and largest depot of the VHH (formerly BGE) in Bergedorf was expanded and rebuilt. In February 1976 the new nursing hall was put into operation, as well as 186 bus parking spaces in an inclined arrangement with charging stations outdoors, the new main workshop followed in April 1978 and the new company building in April 1979.
On December 31, 1985 VHH had 1049 employees, 725 of them drivers. There were 356 buses in the five depots in Bergedorf (165 buses, 140 of which are standard buses, 12 express buses, 11 coaches and 2 museum buses), Glinde (64 buses, and 6 intercity buses in Trittau for school transport), Ahrensburg (23 buses), Quickborn (46 city buses, 2 intercity buses, 8 coaches) and Neumünster (32 buses, 18 of which are from Stadtwerke Neumünster). The number of kilometers covered was 1.421 billion in 1985. From the Glinde depot, the VHH carried out job trips for the HHA lines 116, 260, 261, 163, 263, 165 and the night line 618. In 1986, the following companies carried out job trips for VHH:

  • Orthmann's travel service (ORD, subsidiary of VHH) on lines 130, 131, 231, 132, 135, 237 and night line 609 with former VHH buses
  • Travers Omnibus-Gesellschaft (TOG, subsidiary of HHA) on lines 122, 230, 330, 231, 133, 333, 364 and night line 609
  • Dahmetal on line 369 (Hoisbüttel - Bünningstedt - Ahrensburg train station - Großhansdorf - Lütjensee - Trittau - Basthorst)

In addition to public transport, the VHH also operates lines for schoolchildren and company transport. B. At the end of the 1980s the following lines operated in the Norderstedt area (700 lines = school traffic lines, 800 lines = company traffic):

742 0Friedrichsgabe - Syltkuhlen (later line 796)
746 School 0Center South - Tangstedt (later line 478)
748 0Norderstedt-Garstedt / Harksheide - cath. School Langenhorn (later line 793)
813 0Ochsenzoll train station - Harkshörn industrial area (Pea)
814 0Garstedt station - Harkshörn industrial park

Border traffic to the GDR and its turning point

After the introduction of small border traffic with the GDR , a line was opened in 1973 from Lauenburg to the nearby Horst border crossing point on the inner-German border . The buses used on this line 20 (outside the HVV) could then carry no advertising or with the usual FM - radios armor.

During the fall of the GDR at the end of 1989, line 20 was extended from Lauenburg to Horst to Boizenburg and operated as line 15 together with Kraftverkehr Hagenow . This joint line was later operated for years with the Ludwigsluster Verkehrsgesellschaft , which has since been established, under route number 515. From February 3, 1990, the VHH carried out trips with coaches from the Hamburg central bus station via Lauenburg and Hagenow to Schwerin , and later to Wismar , as line 16. The trips took place at least twice a week, more often if necessary, in the morning to Schwerin and back in the evening. The oncoming journeys were carried out by Kraftverkehr Hagenow.

In January 1990, two Mercedes-Benz O 305 (Wg. 8007 + 8010) city ​​buses were given to Hamburg's twin city Dresden .
In December 1989, 16 buses were specially equipped and labeled “The Federal Republic informs” and leased to the Federal Press Office . Until April 1990 they were used as an “Infomobile” in various German cities near the border and in West Berlin to “inform visitors from the GDR about practical issues of daily life in the Federal Republic”. Two buses were still in service in Hamburg and Berlin until the end of May.
The transport companies Hagenow, Magdeburg , Dresden and Güstrow were given technical support in redesigning and adapting their operations to the new requirements.


The official headquarters of the VHH was in the Hochbahnhaus at Steinstraße 20, the commercial and personnel administration was still located in Grusonstraße in Hamburg-Billbrook until 1996 .
In 1992 the VHH used 345 buses on 65 lines. In 1995 the VHH carried 348 buses, 166 of which were already  low-floor buses , on 100 lines (84 of them within the HVV) with a length of 2035 km, 39.2 million passengers. From 1994 onwards, travel was carried out by the then VHH subsidiary Hans H. Grünwold GmbH (82% VHH share) with modern coaches ( Reisering Hamburg ). In the mid-1990s, the first articulated buses were bought second-hand and initially used for school transport. From the beginning of 1998, line 334 in the Neu-Allermöhe development area became the first VHH city bus route on which articulated buses were mainly used.

In order to save costs, the VHH also used external companies in the 1990s (e.g. Oberelbe Touristik GmbH (OTG) in Geesthacht and Viking Reisen in Norderstedt [1995–2007]) to operate their buses on specific VHH lines to lead. The PVG also carried out trips on VHH lines in the Pinneberg district and the city of Norderstedt, while the VHH used wagons on PVG lines (e.g. line 115). The VHH operated on the two bus routes licensed for Stadtwerke Norderstedt . The order traffic for the HHA in the Wandsbek district continued, for which the subsidiary Orthmann's Reiseienst GmbH (ORD, at that time 95% VHH share) was (and continues to be ) used. The traffic in the Ahrensburg area was transferred to the spin-off subsidiary Ahrensburger Busbetriebsgesellschaft mbH (ab, at that time VHH 51% and OTG 49%). The HHA also carries out trips on individual VHH lines, as well as the companies Dahmetal J. Rudolf & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG , Zerbin , since December 2014 also the Kiel bus company Vineta in the Norderstedt / Pinneberg area, since 2018 the travel service Hamburg in the west Area and since the beginning of 2020 also the auto power .

Vehicles used

VHH bus (Citaro from 2003) at the AKN station in Henstedt-Ulzburg
Mercedes-Benz Citaro LE on express bus route 31 on the departure of the new bus station at Bergedorf station

After various Büssing prototypes and Daimler-Benz O 3500 , O 6600 H and O 321 H and HL as well as individual Mercedes-Benz O 319 and Krauss-Maffei KMO and KML (also from bus companies that were taken over such as Mullikas), buses were mainly used in the 1960s von Büssing ( President and Senator ), Daimler-Benz ( O 317 , new 1958 to 1967) and Magirus-Deutz ( Saturn II or 150 S and 150 LS, new 1962 to 1966). Since 1964, VHH vehicles have been given wagon numbers in which the first two digits consist of the last two digits of the year of construction (e.g. 64 24 = year of construction 19 64 ). From 1968 VÖV standard bus lines from Büssing (Prefect 13 D and 14 D Standard) and from 1969 Daimler-Benz ( Mercedes-Benz O 305 ) as an 11-m city bus and until 1971 also in the 11.3-m Overland version procured. In the 1970s, in addition to the O 305 and O 307 from Daimler-Benz, three series (145 cars) of the Hungarian VÖV bus Ikarus 190 were procured. Thereafter, with a few exceptions, there were only buses from Daimler-Benz (after Mercedes-Benz O 405 , O 407 , O 405 N and since 1999 Citaro , meanwhile also - for use on the express bus route - in the LE variant) . From 1982 to 1991 the Mercedes-Benz Ü80 (prototype of the new intercity bus as the successor to the StÜLB from the 1970s), which had been developed and built by the vehicle workshops in Falkenried (FFG), was also used.

In 1999, as part of a product offensive for the express bus route 31 between Hamburg and Lauenburg, EvoBus procured a number of Mercedes-Benz Integro and Setra S 315 NF (1999–2008) in addition to the Citaro MÜ . A Setra double-decker bus was also in the inventory and was also used on the express bus line at the time. Until 2015/2016, this was used alongside the MB O 404 from 1997 on the A20 feeder line to Lübeck-Blankensee Airport from Hamburg's central bus station via the motorway.
In addition, there were several Magirus-Deutz 150 R 12 (1966–1975), Mercedes-Benz O 302 (1971–1982), O 303 (1976–1998), O 404 (1992–2008), for travel (later Reisering ), Setra S 315 (1995–2006), S 415 (from 2001), S 416, S 417 and MAN Lion's Coach (2003–2010), as well as an O 309 D (1968–1978).
For use in the narrow old town of Lauenburg there was an Ernst Auwärter Teamstar minibus from 1995 . Articulated buses have also been procured since 1996 , initially used O 305 G and O 405 G, from 1999 new O 405 GN and Citaro G in three-door versions. With a Magirus Saturn II touring coach from 1962, a Büssing President from 1964 and a Mercedes-Benz O 305 from 1984, VHH owns three "museum buses" that are also used for occasional transport.

Up to and including 1968, the VHH buses were painted dark red with a black ribbon window and roof (which, however, was white on top) and black bumpers and rims. Exceptions were some Magirus-Deutz Saturn-150-S-buses, which ran in contractually regulated order traffic (as a compensatory measure for the shortened VHH bus lines due to the subway extensions) on lines licensed for the Hamburger Hochbahn (HHA) , which like the HHA buses were painted red / cream. As of 1969, new vehicles, like the other VÖV transport companies in the HVV, were painted white with a wide red band below the windows and black bumpers and black rims; from 1968 onwards, some Büssing Prefect 14 D standard intercity buses were already being used by the HHA used express bus paint in pink / white on express bus route 21. A Magirus-Deutz L 117 StÜL bus also got this express bus paintwork. From 1996 the old dark red / black paintwork was reintroduced, later a slightly lighter red was used. After the formation of the VHH-PVG group of companies, a new silver-gray paintwork was introduced in 2006; the name “VHH” is often written in large red letters on the rear sides of the body. Since the mid-2010s, first for cost reasons, MAN Lion's City buses and later also Volvo and Mercedes Benz vehicles have been ordered to paint new buses in white.

Neumünster plant (1956 to 2014)

After the takeover of Glau and Habild in 1956, the VHH carried out city ​​bus transport in Neumünster under its own management and for its own account. On December 31, 1979, the VHH terminated the contract with the city due to increasing inefficiency. So far, the VHH only received compensation payments for school traffic, the VHH had to bear the constantly increasing other deficit itself. Since the city promised to take over the deficit for 1980, the VHH continued the city traffic. From January 1, 1981 to December 31, 2014, the city bus operation in Neumünster was carried out by VHH on behalf of Stadtwerke Neumünster (SWN); this had the advantage that within the municipal utilities budget, the losses from local public transport could be offset against the profits from electricity, district heating and water in the " cross-network ". From 1983, SWN's own vehicles were procured that had a different color (the otherwise red areas here were turquoise). From 2001 VHH's own buses came to Neumünster again, but with turquoise surfaces. From 2004 buses with natural gas engines ( MAN Lion's City CNG) were purchased, but again from the SWN. After a few years the buses belonged to the VHH again, although the front was kept in turquoise. City traffic in Neumünster is offered outside the HVV, the Schleswig-Holstein tariff applies .

On January 1, 2015, the bus operation in Neumünster was transferred to the new company SWN Verkehr GmbH , which is now a SWN subsidiary. This includes the depot on Rendsburger Straße with all buses and the previous VHH drivers and workshop staff. The reason is the direct award of the line concessions in Hamburg, which excludes VHH from participating in tenders outside the HVV traffic area.

Pinneberger Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (until 1999)

Pinneberger Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH
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Basic information
Company headquarters Schenefeld (from 1975, previously  Rellingen )
owner Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg Holstein AG
Transport network HVV (from 1972)
Employee 590 (2010)
sales 41.3 million euros (2010)dep1
bus 38
number of vehicles
Omnibuses 196
Passengers 46.5 million
Mileage 12.36 million km per year
Catchment area Pinneberg district and western Hamburgdep1
Length of line network
Bus routes 600 km
Operating facilities
Depots 2 (Schenefeld and Elmshorn)

Beginning as a bus company in Reimers

The company goes back to a bus company founded by August Reimers in Marne (Holstein) in 1925 , which first operated a bus route from Marne to Krempe . In November of the same year, another line from Marne to Burg was opened with a partner . In 1926 the Marne – Wilster and Itzehoe– Hörnerkirchen lines were added, the latter was taken over by the Schröder bus company in Lägerdorf . In 1927 a bus route from Marne to Elmshorn was set up with four daily trips; the one-way trip cost 3 marks at that time, the return trip cost 4.50 marks. The company's headquarters were moved from Brunsbüttel to Marner Süderstraße 14 in 1928 , and the Reimers family now also lived here. In 1929 the line from Burg to St. Margarethen was opened. The son Heinz Reimers started an apprenticeship in his parents' company in 1930. A total of 16 buses were in service by the end of 1930.

In 1932, after long negotiations, August Reimers received approval to extend the Marne – Elmshorn bus line to Altona . From September 10, 1932, the line route ran from Elmshorn via Langelohe - Eckholt - Seeth - Oha - Kummerfeld - Pinneberg - Rellingen - Halstenbek - Brande - Schenefeld - Blankenese and on over the Elbchaussee to Altona. On Sundays, instead of crossing the Elbchaussee, they drove via Nienstedten – Klein Flottbek – Othmarschen. The line was soon extended via the New Horse Market to Hamburg Central Station. In 1934 August Reimers took over her husband's bus operation from the widow of the Rellingen entrepreneur Julius Martens with the staff and the line from Eidelstedt via Rellingen to Pinneberger Ratsberg and on to Kummerfeld or Appen as well as the night line Pinneberg – Hamburg. Traffic on this route began as early as December 14, 1913 with trial operation as a bus line of the Auto-Omnibus-Gesellschaft in Rellingen between the tram terminus in Stellingen and Tangstedt or Pinneberg via Eidelstedt and Rellingen. Regular operation began with two buses on May 20, 1914 between Eidelstedt and Pinneberg Ratsberg and Tangstedt via Rellingen, but stopped again in September 1914 after the start of the First World War . On June 5, 1925, Julius Martens set up the line from Eidelstedt via Rellingen to the Pinneberger Ratsberg, and in the summer of 1928 it was extended to Kummerfeld and Appen.

In 1934, a large-capacity articulated truck with a Daimler-Benz LZ 10000 as the tractor unit, which had a special paintwork, was put into operation as carriage 33 . In 1935 Reimers took over the Itzehoe – Hohenwestedt line from the bus operator Pfennig in Itzehoe. From Marne, small buses (Opel Blitz and Daimler-Benz) to Büsum , Husum and St. Peter on Eiderstedt were set up as so-called “Flitzer” traffic . As early as the next year, the traffic to Büsum and St. Peter was no longer offered, the one to Husum with large buses. A garage was set up in Husum for this purpose. In 1936 Reimers took over the line from there to Friedrichskoog from the Leineweber company in Marne . Two more large-capacity articulated buses were also purchased, this time with Büssing-NAG semitrailer tractors. The trailer had leather seats and a flush toilet. In 1937, two more semi-trailers were added for express freight traffic. This established a scheduled general cargo traffic on the Hamburg – Itzehoe – Marne – Heide – Büsum route and shortly thereafter also between Hamburg and Neumünster. At the objection of the Deutsche Reichsbahn , Reimers was banned from this service, so that after half a year these cars were offered for sale again. Also in 1937 a bus line was set up from Pinneberg via Waldenau to Blankenese and Halstenbek, which had to be abandoned on July 31, 1939. In 1938, a plot of land was purchased at Rellinger Stawedder that was used as a depot.

In April 1938 Reimers bought the Friedrich Böttcher bus company in Hamburg, which acted as the Autobusverkehr Union , for 40,000 Reichsmarks. Son Heinz ran this business. After the beginning of the Second World War , however, he was soon called up for military service. Regular traffic on the west coast was severely restricted, and many vehicles had to be handed over to the Wehrmacht . In April 1940, August Reimers fell ill, so that father August's two bus companies in Marne and son Heinz in Hamburg moved to A. u. H. Reimers Autobus KG were merged. A line between Neustadt in Holstein and Dahme on the Baltic Sea coast was operated on behalf of the Reichspost . August Reimers died on September 16, 1941 at the age of 54. On October 31, 1941, the remaining bus routes on the west coast were taken over by the Reichspost with the help of the Reichsbahn. On the other hand, Reimers got the rental, excursion and works transports of the Reichspost, which were not very numerous at this time. So considerations were made about relocating the company headquarters to Rellingen. Son Heinz was at the front, and operations manager had to carry out the rest of the operation. One of them was Heinrich Lembke, who had worked for Reimers for years. On October 20, 1946, after the war and Heinz Reimers' return, a branch was opened in Nienhagen near Celle and operated with Ford buses on five lines. A short time later, Lembke took over the business with a new partner, the Lembke & Koschick bus operator until 2002.

Immediately after the end of the war, from May 24, 1945, the Appen (Fliegerhorst) - Pinneberg section of the line from Appen to Hamburg-Eidelstedt was served by the Uetersener Eisenbahn (UeE) - the predecessor company of the KViP - as an extension of their line from Uetersen (UeE Line 3, from 1991 ViP line 63, now KViP line 1663). From October 30, 1945, two bus routes were operated from Marne again. From April 1, 1948, the line from Marne to Elmshorn was operated again. In 1948 around 700,000 passengers were carried between Pinneberg and Eidelstedt. In 1949 the headquarters were finally relocated from Marne to Rellingen, where a year later an authorized workshop for Volkswagen and Magirus-Deutz was opened. As early as 1949, a bus line was set up from the Pinneberger Ratskeller via Appen-Etz, Wedel , Holm, Heist, Heidrege and Moorrege to Uetersen, partly also via Hetlingen and Haseldorf. There were additional trips between Wedel train station and Wedel hospital in the afternoons and at the weekend. Another line was set up in 1950 from Pinneberg station via Waldenau to Halstenbek. Here there was a connection to the line between Pinneberg and Eidelstedt, in Waldenau to the HHA line 81 to Schenefeld and Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. From 1951 to June 2, 1956, another line was operated from Pinneberg via Rellingen to Tangstedt . In 1955 another short line was added from Eidelstedter Platz via Lohkampstraße to Burbekstraße. From October 30, 1955 Reimers also operated the city traffic in Wedel, line route initially: Wedel Bf. - Bahnhofstrasse - Rollberg - Mozartstrasse - Goethestrasse - Galgenberg. A connection was offered for every S-Bahn journey. To accommodate the buses, another operating point was built in Wedeler Gärtnerstraße (later Mühlenstraße). In 1957 the Wedel city traffic line was changed to a ring line. From 1960 Daimler-Benz O-317 articulated buses were used on this line .

In 1962 the Reimers bus routes received line numbers:

2 Pinneberg train station - Rellingen - Hamburg-Eidelstedt (later HVV line 185)0
3 0Pinneberg train station - Quellental - Waldenau (later HVV line 285)
4 0Pinneberg train station - Kummerfeld (later HVV line 394, then line 185)
5 0Elmshorn - Horst - Itzehoe - Brokdorf
6 0Wedel city traffic (later HVV line 189)
7 0Wedel Bf. - Holm - Hetlingen - Haseldorf and Wedel Bf. - Appen -Etz - Pinneberg Bf.
8 0Eidelstedter Platz - Lohkampstraße - Burbekstraße (until October 27, 1963)

The VHH (which has been part of the Hamburg Transport Association since 1966 ), which runs parallel between Pinneberg and Rellingen, was not operated between stops on this section of the route. On the other hand, there was a ban on the Reimers buses in Hamburg-Eidelstedt, here the HHA lines had the privilege.

Change to the Pinneberger Verkehrsgesellschaft as a subsidiary of Hamburger Hochbahn (HHA) and VHH

On July 1, 1971, Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HHA) and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) took over 70% of the shares in the limited partnership capital of Reimers Busbetrieb. From 1972 the company name was Pinneberger Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH A. and H. Reimers Autobus KG (PVG) . The takeover of the company (without the car dealership ) in the HHA group lasted until 1978, from January 1, 1979 a profit and loss transfer agreement with HHA came into effect.

On October 1, 1972, the PVG bus lines (except for lines 5 and 7, which were operated further outside the HVV) were integrated into the Hamburg transport association. Some of the lines were connected with HHA lines. The traffic performance rose sharply because the PVG in the west of Hamburg took over trips from the HHA, later gradually also the order trips there, which were previously carried out by other private companies such as Balzer (July 1964 to May 1972), Bär-Bus (November 1965 to May 1972), Edith Roßbalson (November 1965 to February 1974), Herbert Biehl (April 1965 to March 1974), Bruno Rohweder (November 1969 to March 1976) and Jürgen (or Helga) Pelka (January 1966 to March 1976) - most recently SVP - Schnelsener Verkehrsbetriebe Pelka GmbH (April 1976 to October 1982). The number of PVG employees rose from 32 to 129 between 1971 and 1974.

In 1975, the PVG entered the travel market, in addition to a few of its own coaches , it gradually operated several travel agencies in the Pinneberg district and in Hamburg. Also in 1975, the PVG opened a new depot in a new industrial park in Schenefeld , which replaced the outdated yard from 1949 in Rellingen (Stawedder), where the car dealership was still located, and the depot in Wedel. The depot in Schenefeld, which was modernized and expanded in 1992 for 15.2 million  DM in order to accommodate 134 buses instead of 88, was also the location of the PVG main workshop and headquarters of the administration. After the takeover of the Pott company on November 1, 1973 in Wilster , there was a new site. On December 31, 1978 (according to sources from the HHA in May 1977), the PVG took over the lines from Itzehoe and Nortorf to Kiel previously operated by the VHH , which were transferred to Autokraft on June 1, 1985 :

81 0Kiel - Itzehoe
82 0Kiel - Bordesholm - Nortorf
83 0Kiel - Dätgen - Nortorf
  • 0Itzehoe - Wewelsfleth shipyard ( rush hour traffic only)

At the beginning of 1978 PVG had 206 employees and 85 buses. Twelve coaches drove in touring and occasional transport, which were also brokered in the two travel agencies in Wedel and Schenefeld.

1979/1980 there was line 4 Wedel Bf. - Etz - Pinneberg Bf. - also operated outside of the HVV - with only one pair of trips every weekday. This later became ViP line 74, which was later extended with the western part of line 194 as line 594 to Quickborn and on to Norderstedt Mitte station, initially with a joint license from the three transport companies KViP , VHH and PVG.

In addition, until September 1984, PVG also operated the overland lines from the Wilster site:

  5 0(Elmshorn - Dägeling - Itzehoe - Beidenfleth /) Wilster - Brokdorf
  6 0Wilster city traffic
  8 0Itzehoe - Wilster - Brunsbüttel
  • 0Wilster - corner paint

These were then taken over by Autokraft in exchange with the lines between Elmshorn and Wedel (1563) and Seestermühe (1560). PVG then drove on bus routes in the Steinburg district on behalf of Autokraft. In the fall of 1985, the ten buses previously stationed in Wilster moved to the new depot for 36 buses in Elmshorn on the B 5 . Six autokraft buses were also housed here.

In August 1987, the employees of the PVG had to learn from the press that the PVG should be sold. This was the result of coalition negotiations between the Hamburg SPD and FDP. Together with other subsidiaries of HHA, which is state-owned in Hamburg, such as the vehicle workshops Falkenried (FFG) or the Travers Omnibusgesellschaft (TOG), the PVG should be privatized. The sale of PVG could be stopped, only the travel division, which now has eleven travel agencies in Elmshorn, Pinneberg, Rellingen, Halstenbek, Schenefeld and Wedel as well as in Hamburg-Blankenese, -Rissen, -Osdorf and at the airport was transferred to Globetrotter in 1988 .

In 1989/1990, in addition to the lines within the HVV (in Hamburg, Pinneberg and Wedel), the PVG operated the following three lines:

5 0Elmshorn - Groß Nordende - Uetersen - Holm - Wedel train station (- Schulau, ferry) (later ViP line 75)
6 0Seestermühe - Kurzenmoor - Elmshorn (later ViP line 76)
7 0Wedel train station - Holm - Hetlingen - Haseldorf (later ViP line 77)

These lines were still to be used with their own tariff. In addition to single tickets, 6-travel cards (valid from 8 a.m.), 10-travel cards as well as weekly and monthly cards were offered.

After the events on November 9th, 1989 (opening of the inner-German border / Berlin Wall ), the West- Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) had to cope with a greatly increased transport volume. In addition - as after the building of the Wall in August 1961 - a request was made to lend "solidarity buses" to public transport companies in Germany. In November 1989, the PVG also sent eight Mercedes-Benz O 405 standard buses (cars 0416-0419 and 0430-0433) with drivers to West Berlin . These cars were used on BVG routes 62, 23 and airport route 8. After about a quarter of a year, four vehicles were brought back to Schenefeld, the remaining four vehicles were used on line 23 until September 1990.


For the 1989/1990 winter timetable, the PVG took over the management of numerous bus routes in western Hamburg from the HHA, which they had previously operated on behalf of. This also included the Blankeneser Ringlinie  48 with the associated five minibuses ( Mercedes-Benz O 309 D with two-door body from Jessen), since normal standard buses cannot be used in the narrow and winding streets. One of these minibuses, popularly known as the “mountain goat”, is run as a museum bus and is used every year on a Sunday in autumn on the historical traffic day together with other historical means of transport. Soon afterwards, PVG started using new minibuses ( Ernst Auwärter Teamstar City based on Mercedes-Benz) on route 48 , from 1993 also in low-floor versions. The first low-floor buses on normal city lines were eleven Mercedes-Benz O 405 N , which were used from 1991.

In 1991 the traffic community in the Pinneberg district (ViP) was founded, in which the PVG was involved. The task was to further develop the regular bus offers of the various transport companies in the district that did not run in the HVV and to offer them as a uniform offer with a common tariff system. A transitional tariff has been negotiated with the HVV for season tickets. Travel options were introduced as required on less frequented routes . So were z. B. Trips that were carried out in particular for school traffic can also be made on holidays after ordering by telephone. At the end of 1993 the roundabout company in Pinneberg mbH (KViP) was founded, which took over the bus operation of the Uetersener Eisenbahn on January 1st, 1994 . Here, too, PVG was involved, initially with a 20% stake. The KViP was then involved in all the newly awarded line concessions in the district. In 1995 the Mobilitätszentrale Nord GmbH was founded. For the dispatcher at the PVG, a separate part of the company in 1997 G ompany for L ervices for O mnimobilität with B us u nd S -track mbH founded ( "24 GLOBUS") where the newly hired drivers were busy. From 1999, the transport of the handicapped was carried out with specially purchased minibuses under the name “Falter”, and there was also a call and collective taxi system for the elderly and people with restricted mobility under the name “Flamenco”.

From 1993 onwards, the PVG introduced various innovations as a regular service operator, e. B. taking bicycles on the bus, getting off between the stops and from 1996 selling newspapers with the driver (initially the daily newspapers Hamburger Morgenpost and Bild-Zeitung , from April 27, 1998 for a certain time also the magazines Stern , Der Spiegel and Sport Bild ), which was only discontinued in 2016 after more than 20 years. They used the first city buses with air conditioning in the Hamburg area. PVG operations were organized extremely flexibly for the time. So were z. For example, the administrative staff were also trained for passenger traffic , so that additional trips (e.g. rail replacement services ) could be made very quickly . In 1995, PVG was the first public transport company to receive the certificate for ISO standard 9001 ( quality management systems ). In December 1995, PVG had 526 employees (442 for driving, 44 in the technology / workshop area, 34 in administration and 6 trainees) and 183 buses (including 7 minibuses). It operated 33 lines with a length of around 446 km (21 with 244.6 km on behalf of the HHA, 7 with 81.1 km within the HVV and 3 school bus routes as well as 5 with 120 km within the ViP) with 423 stops in the HVV and 112 in the ViP, the performance was around 11.6 million wagon kilometers per year, around 46.8 million passengers were carried.

In 1996 the Hamburg Senate decided to separate PVG from the Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HHA) group. For example, PVG received the line concessions from several lines previously licensed to HHA, on which it had previously been operator (except for line 181, which HHA took over again). This also includes the minibus lines in the Blankeneser stair quarter , which are operated with the express bus tariff. The PVG then received the order from the HHA to operate two courses on the express bus route 37 (Schenefelder Platz - Osdorf - Bahrenfeld - Altona station - St. Pauli - Rathausmarkt - Hauptbahnhof - Barmbek Süd - Bramfeld). On January 1, 1998, the PVG logo was changed / modernized so that it looked like a stylized bus driving from left to right with a blue front and blue roof and the red letters PVG on the rear side. At that time, the new city buses were also painted: white with a blue front and blue roof flanks with (for vehicles without third-party advertising) red PVG lettering on the rear sides.

In the eastern free port ( Kleiner Grasbrook ), the structure was changed by filling in the harbor basin and relocating new operations so that public transport can no longer be carried out sensibly with ferries . Instead, on September 30, 2001, the minibus line 256 was put into operation by PVG with a connection to the Veddel S-Bahn station. Initially, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was sufficient, which, after being converted by the FFG, ran on natural gas . When the demand for passengers increased and one minibus was no longer sufficient, PVG tried out trailer operation. From August 27, 2003, a small Hess trailer was used behind the Sprinter minibus here (with a special permit ) . In this way, the traffic peaks during the shift change times could be served by the minibus (without changing vehicles) by attaching the trailer without the need for additional personnel. A normal city bus has been in use here since 2005.

As a feeder to the Finnjet ferry service of the Silja Line from Rostock via Tallinn to Helsinki , which was offered in the summer half-year , the PVG operated a line from the Hamburg central bus station via the A1, A 20 and A 19 motorways to the Rostock overseas port until the ferry connection was abandoned in 2005 .

Vehicles used

In the 1960s, Reimers (PVG) used city ​​buses with a dark orange paint finish, including Büssing Senator and Prefect 13 Standard with Voith Diwabus transmission, which were used in particular on the Pinneberger lines until the early 1970s. 14 buses were taken over from the old Reimers company in 1971. After 1972 (almost without exception), as with the Hamburger Hochbahn and the VHH, standard buses from Daimler-Benz (Mercedes-Benz O 305, mostly with 2 + 1 seating (only 37 seats), from 1985 O 405 and from 1992 O 405 N, from 1994 also three-door and from 1996 with air conditioning), which had the usual paintwork on Hamburg buses in white (or light cream) with a wide red band underneath the windows around the entire vehicle and a black bumper. In 1982, she purchased city buses with manual transmissions for the last time . PVG procured several Mercedes-Benz O 307s, also an O 408 in 1992 and an O 405 NÜ in 1996, which were mainly used on the overland routes. Particularly noteworthy were a Mercedes-Benz O 302 touring coach from 1972, taken over by the Sylter Verkehrsgesellschaft Ruy Prahl in 1992 , which was later passed on to Daimler-Benz as a museum bus, and a Mercedes-Benz O 303 touring coach from 1987, taken over by VHH in 1997, and purchased in 1998 15-meter high -floor bus Bova FLD 15 Magnum 370 and a 15-meter low-floor Setra S 319 NF bus purchased in 1999 . In 1990, it took over the pink and white Mercedes-Benz O 309 D minibuses previously used by HHA for the Quartier Schnellbuslinie (s) 48 (and 49) in the narrow Blankeneser stairs district, initially operated by PVG on behalf of HHA From December 1992 various versions of Ernst Auwärter Teamstar minibuses - from 1993 with rear low-floor entry - were used here, now in white with red stripes. From 1996, after separating from HHA, PVG used a different paint scheme for new buses, here in the new corporate colors white and blue with the three letters "PVG" in large red letters on the sides of the rear part (from the lower edge of the body up to the window), in order to set yourself apart visually from the HHA. A small series of twelve three-door Volvo / Steyr low-floor buses from 1999 was handed over to the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) as early as 2001 , which had similar vehicles in stock.

MAN / Göppel Midibus on line 48

After the introduction of the VHH-PVG group of companies, a new silver-gray paintwork was introduced for new vehicles from 2006 (as with the VHH), and for vehicles without advertising again with the red letters “PVG” on the rear sides. On April 1, 2008, the PVG buses were given car numbers according to the VHH system. Most recently, mainly Mercedes-Benz Citaro in the versions as a 12 m bus (2 and 3-door), 15 m bus (3-door) and an articulated bus (4-door), as well as two MAN bus trains with Trailer from Göppel for use on lines with school traffic in the Barmstedt area (on behalf of the KViP ). Small MAN Lion's City midibuses are used in Ahrensburg, Lauenburg and on the two lines in the Blankeneser stairway district . Electric buses from various manufacturers were also tested on the latter, but the steep incline on the Weseberg places increased demands on the drive. The minibuses were also used on line 288 in Altona.

VHH PVG group of companies (2000–2012)

Logo of the VHH PVG group of companies

In 2000, VHH and PVG merged to form a harmonized group with joint management of the two transport companies .

In 2003 VHH and BeNEX participated in the transport companies in Kiel ( Kieler Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH KVG) and Lübeck ( Stadtverkehr Lübeck GmbH SL).
On January 1, 2004, the
Ratzeburg-Möllner Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH (RMVB) was re-established from the Ratzeburg-Möllner Verkehrsgesellschaft (RMVG) with the participation of the Ratzeburg and Mölln municipal utilities and VHH (initially with 24%) . On January 1, 2006, VHH increased its stake to 75%. At that time, the RMVB had 44 employees and operated 16 regional bus routes with 29 vehicles in the Duchy of Lauenburg - especially school traffic - as well as 4 city bus routes each in Ratzeburg and Mölln .

In 2005, PVG won the tender for Stadtverkehr Elmshorn, which the local bus company Meißner had carried out in its own way for years . The PVG rearranged the traffic by setting up clearly marked lines and was very successful. In the next tender, which was scheduled for 2009, PVG was subject to a different bidder.

As of January 1, 2006, VHH's stake in PVG was increased from 5.6% to 94.9%, the remaining 5.1% was held by KViP ( Kreisverkehrsgesellschaft in Pinneberg mbH ). Thus, the VHH took the place of the HGV Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement mbH as the largest shareholder . HGV is the holding company of many public companies in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg . The newly delivered vehicles now appeared in a new, common design with a silver-gray exterior paintwork with large letters (VHH or PVG) on the rear long sides of the buses. In the same year tenders for bus services were won in Südstormarn and Lauenburg. The higher quality such as buses with air conditioning and RBL as in the Pinneberg district was not required here for cost reasons.

In 2010, some VHH buses were equipped with a bookshelf above the front left wheel arch, in which used books are made available to passengers in cooperation with the Hamburg used goods department store Stilbruch , a subsidiary of Stadtreinigung Hamburg . After 100 buses originally equipped in this way, bookshelves were installed in another 30 buses in 2014, so that 130 buses are now equipped with them.

Until March 2009, PVG operated a Sprinter minibus on bus line 256, which was operated as a replacement for the discontinued HADAG ferry line in the north-eastern area of the Port of Hamburg . During rush hour he pulled a small bus trailer to increase the available space , which was parked outside of these times. This was the first use in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1962, after the ban on personal trailers , initially with a special permit. A normal bus is now operating there again .

MAN Lion's City A21 with Göppel Maxi-Train, used from 2010 to 2020

In the Barmstedt area, the PVG (since 2013 as VHH) on behalf of the KViP serves in particular school traffic. For this purpose, new Göppel “MaxiTrain” bus trailer trains were used from 2010 to January 2020 so that the trailers that were then not required could be parked outside of peak times. These bus trains should be used on the weekends of the summer months in the Haseldorfer Marsch on line 589. The trailer was supposed to be used to carry bicycles for excursion traffic, but this was not done because of the high cost of weekly retrofitting of the trailer's interior.

The (old) VHH operated approx. 136 bus routes in the north, northeast and east of Hamburg with approx. 380 buses, especially the lines in the Bergedorf district . This also included the city and local traffic from Norderstedt , Ahrensburg , Reinbek , Geesthacht, Lauenburg, Quickborn, Henstedt-Ulzburg and, together with the PVG, Pinneberg within the HVV.

The PVG (operated as VHH since December 2012) served with approx. 180 buses on 41 lines over 600 kilometers of route network. These included 5  Metrobus , 6  night bus routes , 2 district bus routes with minibuses / midi buses at the express bus tariff, 2 pure school bus routes and 8 routes on behalf of KViP. The performance was 12,360,000 km / year. 46 million passengers were carried every year. It operated lines in the west of Hamburg and in the Pinneberg district , here u. a. the city traffic of Wedel, Schenefeld and, together with the VHH, the city traffic in Pinneberg.


Since the mid-2010s, in addition to the buses from EvoBus (mainly Citaros ), which have been used almost exclusively until now , buses from Volvo and MAN ( Lion's City ) have also been purchased. The former were delivered in silver gray until 2018, the latter in antique white from 2016. Mercedes-Benz vehicles have also been supplied in white since 2019.

The now somewhat dated previously used RBL is since 2018 a new Intermodal Transport Control System replaced (ITCS). This includes controlling the driving operation through constant information and means of communication between vehicles / drivers and the control center, the latest passenger information (at DFI - stations , over the Internet and by HVV app) and the distribution system on new ticket printer , including testing equipment for HVV Card . The ten VHH operating locations with seven depot managements as well as the KViP location in Uetersen and the RMVB locations in Ratzeburg and Mölln are included. The current operating data (real time) are also fed into a HVV “data hub”, in which the data from the various HVV means of transport / operators are collected and submitted. Active operations were initially introduced at the Ahrensburg site, where functionality can be tested, improved and expanded. At the beginning of 2020, around half of the 700 or so buses had been converted.

Use of hybrid and electric buses

After an obligation by the City of Hamburg, the two transport companies VHH and Hochbahn want to purchase new buses for traffic in Hamburg only with alternative drives, such as emission-free battery buses . Investigations and tests have been taking place since the beginning / middle of the 2010s to find suitable drive and bus models that meet the requirements of transport companies.

At the end of 2013, VHH purchased ten three-door Volvo 7900 buses with parallel hybrid drives for use from the Bergedorf depot. In 2015 these were replaced by ten new copies.

Since October 2014, a Rampini bus that runs purely electrically has been in use on the Blankeneser line 48/488. The batteries in the vehicle are charged during the nightly break in operation, but also between trips during the break at a charging station at the terminus at the S-Bf. Blankenese. Another Rampini electric bus was ordered in 2015 and has been in use since May 2016.

After a Europe-wide tender in 2014, two 18.6 m long electric articulated buses of the type "Exquisity 18" were ordered from the Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool , which will be used on a trial basis on the Metrobus route 3 Bahrenfeld - Neustadt - Rathausmarkt - Hauptbahnhof (- Rothenburgsort - Tiefstack) from 2017 were. These electric buses were stationed in the Schenefeld depot, from where the two Rampini buses are also used.

In August 2017, ten Sileo electric buses were ordered for EUR 5.8 million , five solo and five articulated buses each. The contract was canceled in 2019 because the bus series was not approved for Germany. The first electric bus (Lion's City 12 E) was handed over by MAN at the end of 2019. From mid-2020, ten of this series will be used from the depot in Norderstedt-Glashütte and seven from the depot in Bergedorf. The 16 eCitaro ordered in 2019 and handed over to VHH in January 2020 will be used from Bergedorf.

When the Bergedorf depot was expanded for a good 10 million euros, it was equipped in 2017/2018 with a new hall with five lanes for the maintenance of electric buses. A transfer station from the Hamburg power grid with a ring line and transformers was installed here for the power supply, which is mainly used to charge the batteries in the buses during the otherwise low-consumption night time. The charging infrastructure is planned for 137 buses.

Since the mid-2010s, the buses on express bus route 31 and VHH “Premium” bus route 3 have been offering their passengers free WiFi .

On-demand offer "ioki Hamburg"

"London Taxis" from ioki Hamburg

After a test run for VHH employees, VHH has been operating a new ride pooling offering with electric vehicles with six seats ( LEVC TX , new "London Taxi") since July 18, 2018 . Under the name ioki Hamburg , it runs within the limited service area ( Lurup and Osdorf ), in the first few weeks only Monday to Friday from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. The offer has been available around the clock since August 8, 2018. The users have to register via the ioki Hamburg app and specify the start and destination. The journeys are made from one of the (virtual) stops to an address in the service area or vice versa. Payment is made via the app, season tickets of the HVV (day tickets, weekly tickets, monthly passes or subscriptions) are also recognized. The trips are coordinated so that several passengers can be transported at the same time (ridepooling). The offer, which was initially limited to the end of 2018, has now been extended by two years to the end of 2020. Since April 2019, in addition to the HVV tariff, an additional surcharge of 1 euro per person and journey is required. In addition to credit cards, Apple Pay or transfers to the VHH account, payments can now also be made using a prepaid card.

Since autumn 2019 Ioki Hamburg in Hamburg-Billbrook offered, but with Nissan - mini buses with internal combustion engine . In this district, located southeast of the inner city and characterized by industrial and commercial enterprises, with more than 20,000 employees, there is a two-tier offer that is offered in parallel to the existing bus routes:

  • During the day between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., if there are bus routes available here on weekdays, ioki is only offered on certain streets - especially in the eastern part of Billbrooks. At these times, a surcharge of 1 euro per person and journey is required for the valid HVV travel authorization.
  • In the evenings and at night (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) ioki offers trips throughout Billbrook with 37 stops. No surcharge is required at these times.

There are always connections to the Billwerder-Moorfleet express train stations (S2 + S21) as well as Horner Rennbahn and Billstedt (U2 + U4, also night bus). Even IKEA in Moorfleet is located in the service area.

Autonomous driving project "TaBuLa"

In Lauenburg, an autonomously driving minibus is operated by VHH. The project is under the name T estzentrum a utonome Bu sse La uenburg / Elbe tab from the Technical University of Hamburg accompanied (TUHH). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding TaBuLa as part of the research program on automation and networking in road traffic (AVF) with 1.9 million euros.

Since October 11, 2019, a driverless Navya minibus has been on the road on three routes of different lengths from the Lauenburg central bus station. Its top speed is 18 km / h. The ride is free, there are escorts in the vehicle. The planned operating times are Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Due to adjustment work and test phases, use or travel is not always possible. The project will run until June 30, 2020. A continuation of the investigation of automated goods deliveries is being considered.

Business premises

Entrance to the VHH depot in Hamburg-Bergedorf
VHH depot in Hamburg-Rahlstedt

The VHH has the following operating facilities:

  • Bergedorf (B), Curslacker Neuer Deich 37 (with administration and main workshop), was built in 1928 at the BGE, 1975–1979 new building on the neighboring property, 1991 expanded for 212 buses, 1996 new administration building
A new workshop building was built for the maintenance of e-buses. It contains electrical test equipment, roof workstations and crane runways, since a considerable part of the electrical equipment of electric buses is on the vehicle roof. The topping-out ceremony for this facility was in November 2017.
The two operating locations also belong to the Bergedorf depot
  • Geesthacht (D), Dünenstraße 12, since 1999 (2017: 21 buses)
  • Lauenburg , Büchener Weg 104 (2017: 16 buses)
  • Glinde (G), Berliner Straße 1 (with workshop), initially set up for 60 buses in 1966, completely rebuilt for 111 buses from 1992–1994 with ongoing operations (2017: 65 buses)
    • Billbrook (I), Billbrookdeich 213 (2017: 25 VHH buses)
  • Rahlstedt (O), Oldenfelder Bogen 23, at Höltigbaum , since 2001; ORD drivers are deployed here (2017: 23 buses)
  • Quickborn (Q), Ellerauer Straße 7 (with workshop), built around 1930, expanded in 1962, 1968–1970 and 1989–1993 (2017: 56 buses)
    • Norderstedt (N), in the Glashütte district, Hans-Böckler-Ring 10, refurbished in December 2016 on the TÜV-Nord site (2017: 15 buses)
  • Ahrensburg (ABG), Kornkamp 46, since 1975 for 24 buses, location of the ab driver
  • Schenefeld (S), Osterbrooksweg 73 (formerly PVG, with administration and workshop), set up for 88 buses in 1975, modernized and expanded for 134 buses from 1989–1991 (2018: 172 buses, one third of which are articulated buses); will soon be expanded and set up for electric buses
  • Elmshorn (E), Robert-Bosch-Str. 6 (formerly PVG, with workshop), built in 1985 to replace the previous Elmshorn depot (2017: 22 buses)

The PVG branch in Wedel was given up around 1975, the branch in Wilster was given up in 1985.

The Trittau operating site with a workshop from the time of the Südstormarnsche Kreisbahn at Trittau station, which was established in 1928, was closed on June 6, 1977. Until 1991, four buses were parked there for school traffic outdoors.
In the early days of its bus operation, the Südstormarnsche Kreisbahn set up a bus garage for four buses near the Billstedt train station on Steinbeker Weg in Billstedt-Kirchsteinbek . After the war, the capacity was increased there, twelve buses, some with trailers, were parked there. At Billstedt station was also the seat of the administration of the transport company of the Stormarn district (VKSt). It was not until the Greater Hamburg Act in 1937 that Billstedt moved from the Stormarn district to Hamburg.
After the establishment of a base in 1953 in an old ammunition factory in the Oher Tannen near Neuschönningstedt Haidkrug, the buses were withdrawn from Billstedt, the workshop and a bus for staff trips remained there until the end of 1954. After six months, the Glinde site was opened in 1954
in the Gleisdreieck at the Möllner Landstrasse set up so that the provisional could be abandoned. After moving into the newly built Glinde depot in Berliner Straße on June 1, 1966, the site in Gleisdreieck was sold.
In Ahrensburg there was a rented hall opposite the castle at the Marstall until 1954, where a bus was parked and also serviced by the driver. From around 1957, the buses were parked at the Aral gas station in Gebers. Around 1970 the buses were parked at the Stange bathing establishment until 1975 when the depot in Kornkamp in the north industrial area was put into operation.

The Neumünster branch with the new depot (with workshop) in Rendsburger Strasse 87, which went into operation in January 2005, was transferred to SWN Verkehr GmbH on January 1, 2015 . Until 2005 the depot was in Rosenstrasse.

The depot of the subsidiary RMVB is located in Ratzeburg , Schweriner Straße 90 (2017: 36 buses). From 1982 there was another depot of the then RMVG on Rudolf-Diesel-Weg in Mölln .


In 2018, VHH had over 1737 employees. Around 106.6 million passengers were carried with around 560 buses on 154 own lines with a length of 600 km. The sales revenue was 120.145 million euros, the sales performance was 34,011,000 km. In rail replacement services for railway companies such as AKN , nordbahn , S-Bahn Hamburg and DB Regio, around 659,000 km were driven in 2018.

In 2011, the cost recovery rate at PVG was 93.51% and at VHH 80.19%. In 2012, VHH's cost recovery rate was 93.7%, in 2013 it was 89.12%, in 2014 it was 88.8%, 2015 it was 89.21%, 2016 it was 89.76%, 2017 it was 91.20%. and in 2018 at 88.32%.


The VHH are among others involved:

  • to ORD Orthmann's Reiseienst GmbH with 100% for the transport service in the Hamburg-Rahlstedt area
  • at Reisering Hamburg RRH GmbH with 92% for travel services and occasional traffic
  • at RMVB Ratzeburg-Möllner Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH with 76% (from 2004 initially with 24%)
  • in the ab Ahrensburger Busbetriebsgesellschaft mbH with 58% for the transport service in the Ahrensburg area
  • at the KViP roundabout company in Pinneberg mbH with 24.9% (until mid-2015 48%)
  • in NBB Norddeutsche Bus-Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH Hamburg with 37.45%
  • at the central bus station "ZOB" Hamburg GmbH with 11.54%
  • in beka GmbH in Cologne with 5.3%
  • in NSH Nahverkehr Schleswig-Holstein GmbH Kiel with 0.2%


  • Harald von Carnap, Rolf Westphalen, Karsten Peper: Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein AG · 75 years of bus service 1926–2001 . Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein, Hamburg 2001, DNB 983269750

Web links

See also local transport in Hamburg .

Individual evidence

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