Welcome to Cologne - Airports and transfers
Bonn-Cologne AirportsThe 6th largest airport in Germany is 15 minutes by train from Cologne's main station. Several European cities are served such as Bordeaux, Nice, Wien, Milan, Pisa, Dublin, Madrid or Barcelona. Take the RER line S13 or S19 to Köln HBF ( main station), as an alternative, regional trains also run (also 13-15 minutes). Photo: © Flughafen Köln Bonn GmbH"
Bonn-Cologne Airports : www.koeln-bonn-airport.de
Frankfurt AirportFrankfurt am Main Airport is the largest airport in Germany with 70 million passengers per year. From the airport you are about 50-60 minutes from the main station and you have to take an ICE train to get there. This airport is ideal for those who want to visit other cities in Germany and then enjoy the German rail network. Frankfurt Airpor: www.frankfurt-airport.com
Photo: © Fraport AG
Travelling by trainA very good alternative to flying to Cologne is to travel by train, so you can enjoy the beautiful German countryside and reduce your impact on the environment. German Railways (DB) and companies in your countries offer attractive packages, often with the hotel included. Here are some examples of trips: Paris-Cologne by Thalys in 3h30. Lyon-Cologne with 1-2 changes in 6-7 hours. Basel-Cologne without change in 3h50. Wien-Cologne in 8 hours. Photo: © Koelnmesse GmbH
Weblinks - Aviation• www.lufthansa.com
Weblinks - By train• www.bahn.de
• Cologne Main Station
Public transportCologne has a very good public transport network by bus, metro (U) and suburban train (S). There are different rates depending on the length of the trip (zones). If you have just a short trip to the centre of Cologne, rate K (Short distance) at €2 and €1 for children aged 6 to 14 is valid for 20 minutes. A day pass (24h) can be interesting, especially with its price for small groups of up to 5 people. You will find the right price on the ticket machine where you will find the desired destination. Tickets purchased on a vending machine are valid as soon as they are purchased. If you buy tickets in advance, you must validate them just before use. More information on www.kvb.koeln. Photo: © Christoph Seelbach, Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG
Day pass KölnCardIt is worth buying the KölnCard which gives you access to all KVB public transport within zone 1b (Cologne) and offers you discounts up to 50% on many services in Cologne (museums, boat tours, restaurants, shopping, etc.) the price (2019) is only 9 € for 24h or 18 € for 48h, it is even more interesting with the card for 5 people at 19 € / 38 €. You can buy it online here www.cologne-tourism.com or anywhere in Cologne (KVB machines, hotels, tourist office, etc.).
Bicycle rentalThere are many bike rental points in Cologne. We present two of them :
• Radstation Köln - Breslauer Platz (main station) www.radstationkoeln.de
• Radstation Köln - You have another station in Markmannsgasse, near the Deutzer Bridge open from April to October.
• Our local partner for guided tours also offers bike tours on request. Contact us by e-mail here.
Photo: © Bilderblitz / Köln Tourismus GmbH