Cologne in detail

Flights & getting there


About 18km southeast of the city centre, Köln Bonn Airport has direct flights to 130 cities and is served by numerous airlines, with destinations across Europe.


Cologne's central bus station near the Hauptbahnhof has been closed to long-distance coaches such as those operated by Flixbus. The nearest stops are 'Köln Nord' in Leverkusen (S6 to/from Cologne's Hauptbahnhof), and 'Köln Süd' at Köln Bonn Airport (S13 to/from Hauptbahnhof).


Cologne’s beautiful Hauptbahnhof sits just a frankincense waft away from the landmark Dom. Services are fast and frequent in all directions and include fast Thalys and ICE trains to Brussels (€59, two hours) where you can connect to the Eurostar for London) and Paris.

Flixtrain also operates a route all the way to Hamburg via Düsseldorf, the Ruhrgebiet and Münster.