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How to Get to Cologne

How to Get to Cologne by Air

Cologne Bonn Airport is an international airport and receives flights from all over Europe. The Cologne airport which comprises of two terminals, lies 15 kms from Colgone city centre and around 22 kms away from Bonn. From the airport one can either take a taxi,train or shuttle bus into the city. The S Bahn train runs every 20 minutes to the Colgne Hauptbahnhof and is convenient way of getting into the city. the airport station is situated between the two terminals of the airport.

Airport shuttle busues run between the two terminals at frequent intervals and the bus shuttle service into the city centre runs every 20 minutes or so and the bus can be boarded outside the terminals. taxis are availble too outside both terminals and the journeytime into the city centre is around 15 minutes.

If you are going to rent a car, then there are several car rental companies like Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz that have their counters at Terminal 1 Arrivals, Area D.

Airport Facilities:

ATMs, money changers and banks are located at both the terminals departure area.

Restaurants and shops are loacted at both terminals with 24 hour buffet bars at Terminal 2 arrival and departure halls.

Left Lugguage and Lost Property counters are located next to Terminal 2 Arrival hall.

How to Get to Cologne by Rail

Regional trains run everyday from all over Europe to Cologne. Cologne is served by two station with the main one being the Koln Hauptbahnhof and is well connected to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg, London and Paris amongst other cities in Europe. The ICE or Inter City Express and Thalys rail service offers many connections to German as well as other European cities mentioned above. There is also a fast train service from Frankfurt to Cologne. The train station has a very large shopping mall, car rental agencies and left luggage lockers are located near the Breslauer Platz exit.

Additionally there are ATM machines for your convenience.

How to Get to Cologne by Bus

Cologne has an International bus station Busbahnhof at Breslauer Platz. There are direct buses running to and from Cologne. Fast Autobahn (A) routes, links the city to the rest of the Germany. The A1 leads to Hamburg, A2 to Berlin; the A3 leads to Frankfurt; the A4 leads to Belgium and the A61 (off the A4) leads towards Switzerland.

Coach services are offered by Eurolines to Cologne, including a direct service from London. Eurolines also offers daily buses to Paris and trips to Prague thrice a week.

If you are planning to travel to Cologne by car ensure that the vehicle is equipped with a red, yellow or green ‘Low Emission Labels' to access the city centre. Without this you are not eligible to enter the city. Also be prepared for the frequent traffic jams and if you are attending some event, start your journey a bit early.

Getting Around Cologne

Cologne has an excellent public transport system with a choice of buses, trams, U-Bahn (metro) and S-Bahn (commuter) trains. Köln WelcomeCard provides unlimited travel on all modes of transport and offers discounts on many of the city attraction and excursions. Avail this card from the tourist office.

Cabs and taxis are readily available to travel from one spot to another within the city, though the rate is bit high at night. Driving in the city is not advisable unless it is too urgent. Hiring a bicycle in Cologne is a good option. All you need to do is register at the Call a Bike system and make the payment, which is charged per minute by credit card. And then pick a bike from anywhere in the city.

Cologne being not that big in size, allows one to travel most part of it on foot. Students with valid ID cards can avail a lot of discounts during their travel at Cologne.


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