Cologne Köln, Germany (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 (Cologne 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 (Frankfurt in one hour, Düsseldorf in 36 minutes and Aachen in 48 minutes).
Cost: EUR 2.70
Buying tickets: Vending machines on the platforms or online
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
Terminal 1, after security, departures C
Hours: 5:15-21:00 Mon, Fri; 5:15-20:30 Tue-Thu; 5:15-20:15 Sat; 7:00-20:15 Sun
Use the 'Family Lane' while passing through security when travelling with children. The security machines in the Family Lane are so big that car seats and buggies can easily be x-rayed. The personnel at the airport is also trained and experienced in dealing with small children.
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 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.
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