The highway system links Hamburg to the neighbouring industrial region as well as to international business centres. A radial network of highways brings long haul traffic in and out of the city.
About 80 kilometres of this network are made up of high-speed motorways (autobahn). Several million containers are transported over Hamburg’s streets each year. Road cargo transport is the most important part of the modal split in local hinterland traffic (<150 kilometres).
Speed, flexibility, and transport costs often make trucks the preferred choice for short hauls. The network of streets is constantly being expanded and traffic flow is steadily being improved.