Travel to Cologne

Plane

Cologne is served by three international airports. Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) is the closest to the venue. To get from Cologne Bonn Airport to Cologne city centre, you can take either a taxi or use public transport. Trains depart every 20-30 minutes (duration 15-25 minutes).
Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) is also conveniently placed.  To get from the airport to Cologne, you can take  a regional train. Trains depart every 20-30 minutes (duration 45-60 minutes).
Especially for intercontinental flights, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is another option. However, you need to book a ticket for the high-speed train Intercity-Express (ICE) in advance to get from Frankfurt to Cologne (duration about one hour).

Train

Travelling to Cologne by train is always a good choice as the main station Köln Hauptbahnhof is in the city centre. In cooperation with Deutsche Bahn and the Cologne Convention Bureau, we can offer a special reduced price ticket.
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Public transport within Cologne

Cologne offers numerous tram and bus services during the day and restricted services at night. You can access an overview of the trams operating in central Cologne here: Overview plan. The GCEG 2018 conference rate includes a public transport ticket for Cologne for the duration of the conference. More information about tram and bus routes, and timetables are provided on the KVB homepage

Visa

Depending on your country of origin it may be necessary to apply for a visa before travelling to Germany. A list of nationalities for which a visa is obligatory is available on the website of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtiges Amt). Any further questions concerning visa applications can be dealt with on this website.
You will find the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.auswaertiges-amt.de.