With a far-reaching public transportation system and commuter rail, its easy to get around Cologne by bus, tram, or train. Walking is also a great option within the city center, or take a cab for long distances and late-night journeys.
Getting Around Cologne
Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe (KVB) operates the public transport system within Cologne. There are 11 tram/light rail lines in the city. Trains run all night, except on Sundays and holidays when service goes from 5 AM to 2 AM.
KVB also runs a few dozen bus lines in Cologne and the surrounding suburbs.
The S-Bahn commuter rail, run by Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS), services towns as far afield as Dusseldorf and Essen but also makes stops within the Cologne city center. There are four S-Bahn lines in Cologne. S13 stops at Cologne-Bonn Airport.
Tram, Bus, and Commuter Rail Tickets
Conveniently, KVB and VRS run on the same ticket system. For trips within Cologne, one ticket costs €2.40 and allows for unlimited transfers for us to 90 minutes from the time of first use. A packet of four tickets costs €8.60.
For an even better value, opt for a one-person day pass for €7.10. When traveling with a group, the five-person day pass for €10.40 allows up to five people (any combination of children and adults) to make unlimited trips from 9 AM to 3 AM of the following day.
Cologne is fairly spread out, but within the city center there are many tourist attractions that are located within easy walking distance of each other.
There are taxi stands located outside the main train station as well as at various locations around the city. You can also call the Taxiruf Köln taxi company at +49 221 28 82, or hail a cab in the street.