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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jun 11, 2016

Düsseldorf

Dusseldorf to Cologne

What is the best way to get to Cologne round trip in one day from Dusseldorf? I tried bus schedules but there does not seem to be much available. Thought the bus would be different from train travel. Buy tickets ahead or when we get to Dusseldorf? Thank you...................



10 Answers


answered on 6/11/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Just take the train. In Germany buses often don't run long-distance routes because such a good rail service is available.

Use the official German railway website in English to find times, details and fares:

bahn.com/p_en/view/index.sht...

There are lots and lots of trains Duesseldorf>Koeln (Cologne) every day...ICE. ICE, Regionalbahn....so many that there is really no need to buy tickets in advance online. Just buy them from the station ticket machines (they have English language options). Regionalbahn tickets are cheaper than ICE/IC tickets.




answered on 6/11/16 by
a VT member from Province of Ontario

It's a very short train journey I used to make quite often. Just head down to the train station and buy a ticket. On the main intercity network there used to be just one stop between them, at Leverkusen.

Cologne Cathedral, which is probably the biggest tourist attraction in the city is almost beside the train station.




answered on 6/11/16 by
a VT member from Racine

Yes the train, in my opinion is the best choice, as leics recommended too. It is roughly a 1/2 hour trip from center to city center. Though as I remember the ICE trains have an additional supplement/charge, so better to use a standard train and the view is the same. Trains depart every 20 minutes or so.




answered on 6/11/16 by
a VT member from Germany

The local trains take a bit more than 30 minutes, the fast ones (IC/ICE) a bit more than 20 minutes. It's not worth paying extra to save 10 minutes, I think.




answered on 6/11/16 by
a VT member from Hengelo

Just have a look what train connections there are in real time at:

tracker.geops.ch/?z=10&s...

When you zoom in, also the many local bus services become visible.

PJ




answered on 6/11/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

There's absolutely no point in buying a Laender or Schoene Tag ticket for this journey, Gyuri...the round-trip fare for EC and IC trains is only 25 euro and Regionalbahn fares will cost even less than that!




answered on 6/11/16 by
a VT member

Absolutely great answers. We will take the train Thank you so much. I think I will look up Aachen,,,,,,, and see what's there. Thanks again............




answered on 6/11/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Aachen is a lovely town to explore...we had a big VT meet there last year. :-)

Have a look at the VT Aachen travelguide for lots of tips and info about what to see and do ((all written by VT locals and visitors):

[original VT link]

[original VT link]

Koblenz is also well worth visiting:

[original VT link]

[original VT link]

and Duesseldorf itself has more than enough interest for a day's wandering:

[original VT link]

[original VT link]




answered on 6/13/16 by
a VT member

Thank you for your suggestions. Will look research Aachen and Koblenz. Thank you!!!!




answered on 6/13/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Enjoy your research! :-)





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