Cologne by air

Cologne-Bonn Airport (Flughafen Köln/Bonn) is one of Germany’s largest airports, and one of only two (Leipzig-Halle being the other) where planes are permitted to land and take off at night.

It is located to the south-east of Cologne and, as the name suggests, also serves the former capital city, Bonn.

The first airfield here was built in 1938. After the War it was taken over by the British army and moved into civilian administration in 1957.

By 1978, the airport was handling two million passengers a year. In 2003, two German low-cost airlines, German Wings and , came to the airport, pushing passenger numbers up by 43% in 12 months. In 2004, easyJet also began flying to Cologne-Bonn, which that year handled over 8 million passengers.

A major German Wings hub

Internal connections
Several of the other World Cup venues can be reached by air from Cologne-Bonn. Air Berlin , flydba and German Wings – to name but 3 – fly to Munich, Air Berlin and Hapag Lloyd fly to Nuremberg, Air Berlin fly to Stuttgart, flydba, and German Wings serve Berlin, Cirrus flies to Leipzig, flies to Hamburg and Lufthansa flies to numerous German destinations.

International connections
You can fly into Cologne-Bonn direct from London Heathrow (with British Airways or Lufthansa), London Gatwick (with German Wings or easyJet), East Midlands and Liverpool (with easyJet), Paris (with German Wings or Lufthansa), Dublin and Edinburgh (with German Wings ), Manchester (with ), Coventry (with Thomsonfly) and Amsterdam (with KLM), plus many other locations served from the airport, in particular, by Lufthansa.

The new, low-level rail station
Getting into town / stadium
In 2004, an inter-city railway station was opened beneath the airport, offering connections by mainline train and urban light rail (S-Bahn) into the city centre. The trip by mainline train to Colgone station takes just 11 minutes. With the S13 S-Bahn it takes 15 minutes. A taxi into the city will take about the same and cost c. 25 euros.

The airport to the stadium
If you’re going straight to the stadium, the journey will take about 45 minutes. You take the S12 light urban train from the airport station to Deutz/Messe and change there to the U1. You get out at the Rhein Energie Stadion. There are also plans to lay on an alternative route for the World Cup via the S13. For more see City centre to stadium.

External links
Cologne-Bonn airport
Cologne public transport website
German rail journey planner
Internal links
Travel / Air
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Route planner

Flying from the UK? Going to the airport by train, coach or car?

If you’re flying from the UK and planning to go to the airport by coach or train, these links to National Express Airport coaches, the thetrainline, Gatwick Express and Heathrow Express let you book your journey to the airport online. If you’re driving, try Purple Parking or BAA airport parking for cheap parking at all major UK airports.

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