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Travel to Germany

Flying to Germany

The national airline is Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com). Low-cost carriers flying to German airports from the UK and the United States include Eurowings (www.eurowings.com). 

Major airports are:
Berlin-Tegel Airport
Bodensee Airport Friedrichshafen
City Airport Bremen
Cologne Bonn Airport
Dresden International Airport Dusseldorf Airport
Frankfurt Airport
Hamburg Airport
Leipzig/Halle Airport
Munich Airport
Münster Osnabrück International Airport
Nuremberg Airport
Paderborn/Lippstadt Airport
Rostock-Laage Airport
Stuttgart Airport
Sylt (Westerland) Airport

Flight times

The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport is scheduled to open in October 2020, around 18km (11 miles) south of central Berlin itself.

Airport Guides

Berlin-Tegel Airport

Code

TXL

Location

Berlin-Tegel Airport is located 11km (7 miles) northwest of central Berlin.

Tel

+49 30 6091 1150

Address

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Cologne Bonn Airport

Code

CGN

Location

Cologne Bonn Airport is situated 15km (9 miles) southeast of Cologne.

Tel

+49 22 0340 4001.

Address

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Düsseldorf Airport

Code

DUS

Location

Düsseldorf Airport is located 8km (5 miles) north of Düsseldorf.

Tel

+49 211 4210

Address

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Frankfurt Airport

Code

FRA

Location

Frankfurt Airport is located 12km (8 miles) southwest of Frankfurt city centre.

Tel

+49 180 6372 4636

Address

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Hamburg Airport

Code

HAM

Location

Hamburg Airport is situated 8km (5 miles) north of Hamburg city centre.

Tel

+49 40 50750

Address

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Hannover Airport

Code

HAJ

Location

Hannover Airport is situated 11km (7 miles) north of Hanover.

Tel

+49 511 9770

Address

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Munich Airport

Code

MUC

Location

Munich Airport is located 36km (22 miles) northeast of Munich.

Tel

+49 89 97500

Address

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Stuttgart Airport

Code

STR

Location

Stuttgart Airport is situated 13km (8 miles) south of Stuttgart.

Tel

+49 711 9480

Address

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City Airport Bremen

Code

BRE

Location

City Airport Bremen is located 3.5km (2 miles) south of the city.

Tel

+49 421 55950

Address

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Leipzig/Halle Airport

Code

LEJ

Location

The airport is located in Germany, approximately 15km (9 miles) northwest of central Leipzig, and a similar distance southeast of Halle.

Tel

+49 341 224 1155

Address

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Nuremberg Airport

Code

NUE

Location

The airport is located around 5km (3 miles) north of Nuremberg city centre.

Tel

(911) 93700.

Address

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Münster Osnabrück International Airport

Code

FMO

Location

The airport is located 25km (15 miles) north of Münster, and 35km (21 miles) south of Osnabrück.

Tel

02571 943 360

Address

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Paderborn/Lippstadt Airport

Code

PAD

Location

The airport is located around 18km (11 miles) southwest of Paderborn.

Tel

+49 295 5770

Address

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Rostock-Laage Airport

Code

RLG

Location

The airport is located 22km (14 miles) south of Rostock.

Tel

+49 1805 007 737.

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Flight times

To Frankfurt: from London - 1 hour 30 minutes; New York - 7 hours 40 minutes.

Air passes

Various air passes are available which incorporate Germany. These include the Star Alliance Europe AirPass and the SkyTeam Go Europe Pass.

Departure tax

None.

Travelling to Germany by Rail

There are excellent connections between Germany and other main European cities. For more information, contact Deutsche Bahn (www.bahn.com).

Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) is a service provided by the railways of Belgium, the UK and France, operating direct high-speed trains from London (St Pancras International) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and to Brussels (Midi/Zuid). Both Paris and Brussels have direct services to Cologne and Frankfurt.

Rail passes

InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 31 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for three days in a month, five days in a month, seven days in a month, 10 days in two months, 15 days in two months, one month and two months across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lithuania, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

Reductions are available for travellers under 27 and over 60. Children under 12 are free when travelling with an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on some ferry routes. Interrail passes are available for European residents only.

Eurailpass: offers unlimited train travel in up to 31 European countries. Tickets are valid for three days in a month, five days in a month, seven days in a month, 10 days in two months, 15 days in two months, one month and two months across all participating countries. Reductions are available for travellers under 27 and over 60. Available from Eurail (www.eurail.com).

Driving to Germany

For travellers already on the continent, Germany's central position makes it easily accessible by major roads from almost any direction you care to choose.

From the UK, Eurotunnel runs shuttle trains for cars, bicycles, motorcycles, coaches, minibuses, caravans and campervans between Folkestone in Kent and Calais in France. The journey takes about 35 minutes from platform to platform. Road access across to Germany is then relatively easy.

Getting to Germany by boat

The north (and only) coastline of Germany is readily accessible by water. The biggest ports are Bremen (www.bremenports.de), Bremerhaven (www.cruiseport.de), Hamburg (www.hafen-hamburg.de), Rostock (www.rostock-port.de) and Kiel (www.portofkiel.com).

Ferry operators

The following shipping lines sail from the UK to ports within reasonable driving distance of Germany:

DFDS Seaways (www.dfdsseaways.co.uk) sails Newcastle-Amsterdam, Newhaven-Dieppe Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais.

Stena Line (www.stenaline.co.uk) sails Harwich-Hook of Holland.

P&O Ferries (www.poferries.com) sails Dover-Calais, Hull-Rotterdam and Hull-Zeebrugge.

There are also year-round ferry services to Germany from Scandinavia.

River Routes

In terms of inland waterways, the Danube and Rhine Rivers both offer potential access to Germany for travellers coming from other countries.