The Hauptbahnhof is on the southeastern edge of the city centre. From here it’s about a 20-minute walk along Bismarckstrasse and Blumenstrasse to the Königsallee, with the Altstadt just beyond. Alternatively, any U-Bahn from the Hauptbahnhof to Heinrich-Heine-Allee will put you right in the thick of things.
Car & Motorcycle
Central Düsseldorf is now a low-emission zone, meaning that your car needs to display an Umweltplakette (emission sticker). Rental cars automatically have the sticker, but if you’re driving your own vehicle you’ll need to obtain one. Buy one online in advance at www.green-zones.eu or www.umwelt-plakette.de. Once in Germany, stickers are available from designated repair centres, car dealers and vehicle licensing offices. Drivers caught without one will be fined €80.
Rheinbahn (www.rheinbahn.de) operates an extensive network of U-Bahn trains, trams and buses throughout Düsseldorf. Tickets (single ride/day pass €2.70/7) are available from bus drivers and orange vending machines at U-Bahn and tram stops, and must be validated upon boarding.
Flagfall is €4.50 with each kilometre charged at €2.20; phone 0211-212 121.