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Transportation from Cologne Airport

Krystof Hajek updated 6. 12. 2023

Cologne Airport is very well connected to the railway network to the centre of Cologne and via long-distance trains to the whole of Germany.

There are also trains to the Bonn district of Beuel, but the centre of Bonn is more conveniently accessible by bus without changing trains.

The train and bus stations can be found together about a 3-minute walk from both terminals.

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Transportation to Cologne

The fastest transport to the city is the city's S-Bahn and other regional trains. Buses serve the surrounding districts.

Trains

There are 3 lines to Köln-Hbf main station as well as Messe/Deutz and Hansaring stations. The most frequent line is the S19 (every 20 minutes), other lines run once an hour. Trains run to the airport 24 hours a day.

The journey to Köln-Hbf station takes 15 minutes.

  • S19 - continues on to Köln-Ehrenfeld, Horrem and Düren
  • RE6 - continues on to Köln-Geldernstr./Parkgürtel, Longerich and Dormagen
  • RB27 - continues in the direction of Köln-Ehrenfeld and Grevenbroich
  • Find connections and timetables: kvb.koeln

The same tickets and route to the city centre apply on all routes. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machine at each station (card and cash payment possible) or via the KBV mobile app with a 3% discount.

  • Transfer ticket for 90 minutes - 3,20 eur
  • 24-hour ticket - 7,70 eur

Buses

Local bus routes are useful for trips to the outskirts of Cologne. Ticket prices are the same as for trains.

  • Line 161 - runs via Porz station to the district centre to the terminus "Porz Markt", frequency once every 30 minutes
  • Line 423 - runs via Rath/Heumar to Rösrath in the eastern suburbs, frequency once every 30 minutes

Transport direction Bonn

The fastest bus line to the centre of Bonn is the SB60. The Bonn-Beuel district is also accessible by train on line RB27.

Transportation to the centre of Bonn is also possible with the S19 or RB27 trains with a change in Siegburg.

  • Find connections and timetables for connections from the airport: kvb.koeln
  • Information about public transport in Bonn: swb-busundbahn.de

Buses

Direct connections to Bonn-Hbf main station are provided by bus line SB60.

The Bonn-Bonn railway station operates a bus service from the Bonn-Bonn railway station to the Bonn-Bonn railway station via the Bonn-Bonn railway station. 8,80 eur You can buy the bus from a vending machine at the bus stop or with a 3% discount on the KBV mobile app. You can use this ticket for any number of transfers on all lines in Bonn. The validity of the ticket is 180 minutes from the marking in the validator inside the bus.

Buses run from 4:47 to 0:44 once every 30 minutes. The journey from the airport to the centre of Bonn takes 27 minutes.

Trains

Direct trains run once an hour to Bonn-Beuel station (line RB27) or once every 20 minutes to Siegburg (line S19), where you can change to tram lines 66 and 67 to Bonn city centre.

The total journey time to Bonn-Beuel station is 20 minutes, while the transfer to Bonn city centre takes 47 minutes.

The ticket price is the same as for the bus: 8,80 eur (change for 180 minutes).

Regional and long-distance trains

Regional and long-distance trains also stop directly at "Flughafen Köln-Bonn" station and run non-stop to many German cities.

  • Düsseldorf - price 12,80 eur; direct services on the RE6 line (once per hour) or 3 times per hour with a change via Cologne-Hbf; journey time 56-59 minutes
  • Koblenz - price 21,90 eur; direct connections RB27 (1x per hour); journey time 80 minutes
  • Mönchengladbach - price 12,80 eur; direct connections RB27 (1x per hour); journey time 70 minutes
  • Hamm (Au) - price 12,80 eur; direct connections S19 (1x per hour); journey time 70 minutes

Timetables and online ticket purchase also for connections with a change at Köln-Hbf station: bahn.de

Car rental

Explore the Rhine Valley or the rural areas of the Bergisches Land region by car from the airport.

Car rental prices for a week are around 320 eur.

Krystof Hajek

Krystof is the editor-in-chief of Cestee. He is also an avid traveller with 574 flights and 73 countries visited.

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