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Flying into Beautiful Cologne

Cologne Bonn Airport is the seventh busiest airport in Germany, with almost 10 million travelers passing through it every year. It's open 24 hours a day and is 10 miles southeast of Downtown Cologne. Offering direct flights to almost 200 destinations with 48 airlines, it's easy to find a cheap flight to Cologne. Are you looking for help planning your upcoming trip to this popular European destination? This guide will make it easy to get to Cologne on a budget, and to find your way around stress-free.
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When's the Cheapest Time of Year to Visit Cologne? 

Cologne isn't known for being a cheap destination in Germany, and at no time is this more true than when summer comes around. With schools closing their gates and families opting to take their summer vacations, Cologne is at its busiest during the warmer months. The same is true for winter, thanks to Cologne's plethora of Christmas markets, which attract tourists from around the world. 

The cheapest time to visit Cologne, therefore, is during the spring and fall. From March to May and September to November, you'll find cool temperatures, cheaper prices, and fewer tourists. Thanks to lower-than-average demand for flights to Cologne, airlines will often discount their prices to attract vacationers, which makes it a great time to take an affordable break. Be sure to avoid the very start of March, when local festivals keep prices high.

If you're planning on visiting Cologne during peak season, keep your travel dates flexible to find an affordable flight. For example, you may be able to save several hundred dollars simply by flying on a different day of the week.

How do I Get to Cologne From the Airport?

Getting to Cologne's city center from Cologne Bonn Airport is a simple process. One option is to rent a car from the rental companies found at arrivals. On offer are cars from Avis, Buchbinder, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. For a more affordable way to transit to Cologne, take the S-bahn (S-13) train, which takes 15 minutes and costs €2.70. If you'd prefer privacy and comfort for your trip, head just outside the arrivals hall, where you can rent a taxi for around €30.

Alternatively, you may find yourself flying into Frankfurt Rhein Main International Airport, Germany's largest airport, which often offers cheaper prices than flying direct to Cologne. The InterCityExpress links Frankfurt Airport with Cologne Central station, and can get you there in under an hour. While it's not the most convenient of trips, if you find a good deal on flights, it can often save you a lot of money. 

Which Airport Hotels are Best in Cologne?

Cologne is only 10 miles from Cologne Bonn Airport, making it quick and easy to get to from the city. For budget-minded travelers, Mercure Hotel Koeln Airport has great access to the airport, and offers an airport shuttle for their guests. If you fancy something more luxurious, the Hyatt Regency Cologne is a five-star hotel with incredible views of Cologne Cathedral. Situated just 15 minutes from the airport, you'll be able to take advantage of their airport shuttle to get you to your gate on time. 

Where Can You Fly to and From Cologne?

If you're flying into Cologne Bonn Airport, you can choose from dozens of major airlines, including United Airways, US Airways, Air Berlin, and British Airways. Direct flights are available from most major cities in Europe, including London, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, and Milan. Popular destinations to fly from and to include Berlin, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Antalya, London, Istanbul, Hamburg, Vienna, Zürich, and Barcelona. 

If you're flying to Cologne from the United States, there are no direct flights, but plenty of options that include stopovers in European cities. Take advantage of this opportunity to spend a day exploring an unfamiliar city. 

What Can You Expect From Cologne Bonn Airport? 

Cologne Bonn Airport has two terminals, both of which are clean and easy to travel between. Terminal 1 is the older of the two and has more of a run-down interior. In the terminal, you'll find ATMs, duty-free shopping, restaurants, and a viewing platform on the roof. You arrive or depart from Terminal 1 if you're flying with Germanwings, Lufthansa, or Austrian Airways. 

Terminal 2 offers a more modern experience for its visitors. Like Terminal 1, you'll find ATMs, duty-free shops, and restaurants. You'll be paying a visit to terminal 2 if you fly with Air Berlin, Ryanair, Air France, or Iran Air. 

Cologne is a great year-round destination. Whether you visit during the summer, winter, fall, or spring, you're guaranteed to have an incredible experience.