Cologne Köln, DE
Cologne-Bonn Airport lies 15km south-east of Cologne and 16km north-east of Bonn. It is an efficient, easy-to-navigate airport, consisting of two terminals laid out in a U-shape. A free shuttle bus runs between terminals.
The train station is conveniently located betweeen the two terminals.
Terminal 1 has three levels:
Terminal 2 hosts most of the facilities and gates, and also has three levels:
You'll find plenty of eating and shopping options both before and after security.
Though the train connections are good, as the journey is short, many travellers still choose to hop in a taxi to Cologne or neighbouring cities.
The S13 S-Bahn train will take you Köln Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) in 15 minutes, leaving every 20 minutes. Trains run nearly all day, from 00:04 until 23:34. You can also take the regional RE 8 train.
Intercity Express (ICE) trains will also take you to Cologne (11 minutes, EUR 8) a few times a day, or further afield (Frankfrurt in one hour, Düsseldorf in 36 minutes and Aachen in 48 minutes).
Cost: EUR 2.80
Buying tickets: Vending machines on the platforms
Location: Between Terminals 1 and 2, beside the D gates
The journey time is approximately 15 minutes.
Cost: Around EUR 25-30 for Cologne and EUR 40 to Bonn
Location: Outside Terminals 1 and 2
Going to Bonn?
Cheaper and often quicker than the train, the Airport Express SB60 bus is your best option. It leaves twice an hour and journey time is around 30 minutes to Bonn Hauptbahnhof (Central Station).
Cost: EUR 7.20 (valid for further journeys within Bonn)
Buying tickets: On the bus
The airport is open 24 hours a day and if you arrive before shops and restaurants are open, you can still grab a bite to eat.
The REWE Supermarket in Terminal 1C and the Farmhaus Convenience Shop in Terminal 2D are open 24-hours and offer a wide range of drinks, snacks and foods.
These eating options are also open around the clock:
Airport Business Lounge
Location: Terminal 2, after security, level 1, turn left after security and go up one floor
Opening hours: 06:00 – 21:00 Mon-Fri, 09:00-18:30 Sat-Sun and holidays
Lufthansa Senator Lounge
Location: Terminal 1, after security, departures C
There is a luggage storage office in Terminal 2 on the railway level. The office is open daily from 06:00-23:00. Hourly rates for keeping baggage starts at EUR 1.20 per piece; one-day storage is EUR 10.50 per piece, two days is EUR 15.50.
You can get a taste of the typical Rhineland cuisine at the airport location of this cult political pub. Try the Cologne speciality Himmel un Äd (black pudding, fried onions and mashed potato with apple sauce) or the ever-popular currywurst. A piece of the Berlin Wall in fact references the political background of the first location of this pub.
Location: Terminal 1C, Departures
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 05:00 - 22:00
The Roman Catholic cathedral is one of Germany’s most visited landmarks. The Gothic church sits on the Rhine River and boasts the second tallest spires in northern Europe. The cathedral is a two-minute walk from the Cologne Central Station, which is a 15-minute direct train from the airport.
To get out in nature and stretch your legs, head to the Freizeitpark Rheinaue, with walking paths, a lake to stroll around to do some boating in, or just relax in the gardens or among the bridges and fountains. You will need at least a seven hour layover to get through security, visit the park, and get back two hours before your flight. The park is in Bonn and takes about 20 minutes by taxi or an hour on public transport (SB60 to Bonn Hbf, the 66 bus to the park).
The airport’s Visitor Centre offers guided tours of the airport, where you can learn interesting facts about Cologne-Bonn Airport and see large airplanes up close.
Tours take 1.5 hours and run Mon-Fri 09:15, 10:00, 10:30, 12:15, 13:30, and 15:15. You need to book one in advance at the koeln-bonn-airport website.
Cost: EUR 6.50 adults, EUR 3.50 children aged 5-15
Even if you just change planes at Cologne, you can still taste the famous local beer “Kölsch”. It is a light beer, being served in small, narrow glasses. It can even be ordered by the meter. You will then be served a wooden panel with a number of Kölsch glases.
There are several “Sion” beer bars at the airport. Enjoy a glas of Kölsch accompanied with a Pretzel.
Major car rental desks can be found in Terminal 2, before security, level 0, at the entrance of the building
The 4-star Leonardo Hotel is the closest from the airport. It's only a 5-minute walk, or you can use the complimentary shuttle bus by contacting the hotel from the airport information desk’s courtesy phone. It is a decent hotel, ideal for a layover. Free Wi-Fi is available in all public areas while the rooms have soundproof windows and a writing desk for doing work. Rates start at EUR 72 per night.
The Cologne Bonn Airport Observation Deck offers great views of the main runways, aprons and military areas.
Location: Terminal 1, Level 3
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 05:00-24:00
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