The Cologne Bonn Airport offers easy access to the city center. Alternatively, the main train and bus stations are located right in the Cologne city center, providing transfers to major cities in Germany and Europe.
Getting Into Cologne
The Cologne Bonn Airport, situated 10.5 miles southeast of the city center, deals largely with flights within Europe. Major carriers like Lufthansa and KLM fly here, as well as low-cost carriers like easyJet, Germanwings, and Wizz Air.
Bus line 161 will take you from the airport as far as the borough of Porz at the Porz Markt station, from where it is necessary to change to tram line 7 to reach the city center. Buses run every half hour from 5:47 AM to 11:47 PM. A one-way ticket, including transfer, costs €2.40.
Take the S-Bahn S13 commuter train from the airport to the main train station. From Monday through Friday trains depart every 20 minutes and on weekends every 30 minutes from 3:14 AM to 1:34 AM. One ticket costs €2.40.
Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. The journey should take about 20 minutes, depending on traffic. A taxi ride to the city center will cost about €25.
Find more information on the Cologne Bonn Airport on the official website.
Arriving by Train
The Cologne Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is located at Trankgasse 11 right in the city center. Trains arrive from German cities like Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin, as well as around Europe via Eurostar and Thalys. Trasfer is available to S-Bahn S6, S11, S12, and S13; tram/light rail lines 5, 16, and 18; and several local bus lines.
Arriving by Bus
The Busbahnhof (main bus terminal) is across the street from the main train station at Breslauer Platz. Buses run to many major European cities.