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You do need an emission sticker for the inner parts of both cities. Here are links to maps showing the zone for Düsseldorf and Cologne (Köln) to see if your destination is part of the zone. If these links become invalid, just use Google's picture search for "Umweltzone [name of city]" and you should get decent results. First I'd ask the car rental company ...


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If it is an online ticket from bahn.de you have to print it out and prove your identity, but you do not have to validate it before your journey. I took a look on my last ticket and there are explanations on page two. One of them is: Die Fahrkarte muss ausgedruckt vorliegen und gilt nur zusammen mit einem Personalausweis, Reisepass, elektronischen ...


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Megabus does Cologne to Bristol. £27 each way, takes 14 to 18 hours, change at London Victoria. Tickets for December don't seem to be available yet. NB: KLM will fly you via Amsterdam for £117 return, according to skyscanner, which looks like a better deal to me because it only takes 3.5 hours including the 1 change, so the round-trip difference between ...


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There is a bike rental at the Hauptbahnhof which offers rental of wheelchairs (although they don't specify, so I guess it's the non-electric ones), handbikes and electric scooters. There are some details including pictures and prices for the electric scooters on the website of the city of Cologne. The price is 10 € for 3 hours or 20 € per day plus a deposit ...


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The Hansaring station is about 10 minutes' walk from the conference building. (The KVB planner counts 14min, which is highly pessimistic, the distance is only 700m.) From that station, line S13 (see the network map) gets you to the airport station in 17min; you can see the times on the trip planner. The S13 trains call at Hansaring at :18, :38 and :58. For a ...


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If it has to be simultaneously cheap and time-saving, it will be hard to beat the plane. You may consider a trip by bus. It takes roughly 10 hours and is probably cheaper than the plane if you plan on a short notice. See e.g. here: https://www.busradar.com/ 10 hours is also the duration of a day-time train, via Berlin. There are combined train/bus routes, ...


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Do you know about Mitfahrergelegenheit (Carpool)? Though it's more than just carpooling, it includes buses and trains. This website is a good start. From my experience and experiences of others, it's mostly safe and you also get to meet new people.


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The fastest option is to take an ICE train to Nuremberg and travel onward by bus from there. Total travel time is around 7.5 hours. The ICE trains as well as most buses between Nuremberg and Prague are sold through Bahn.de, if you book well in advance you can get tickets for around €40, buying on departure at the station can cost upwards of €150. There is ...


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You should be able to get there for £23 or less by bus. As the different bus companies release tickets for booking they'll get cheaper, I work on Busbud where we've done some investigation into how far in advance to book to get the absolute cheapest bus tickets, you may want to wait until a month or two in advance to book if you aren't seeing a super good ...


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There are only two German airports that have non-stop service from San Francisco: Frankfurt and Munich. Frankfurt is closer by about 170 miles. The official flight time difference is not meaningful: 11h 10m vs 11h 15m. Random factors, like wind, weather, gate traffic, taxiing, etc is going to make more of a difference than the actual distance. Technically ...


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A very quick search for "VRS Anschluss Ticket" reveals the official page (by VRS), where it is stated that for VRS-AnschlussTicket and EinfachWeiterTicket that additional persons travelling on the pass holder's pass have to get their own ticket. For example for the VRS-AnschlussTicket: Achtung: AnschlussTickets gelten nur in Verbindung mit VRS-...


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The VRS Pocket Guide (PDF) has all the info you need in a very accessible format. I've copied the fare segment here: The weekly ticket (which always starts on Monday!) can be very cost effective if your travel matches it. To figure out which type of ticket you need (1-7) you can input your trip in this journey planner: http://auskunft.kvb-koeln.de/kvb/cgi?...


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Expedia actually has tours on their site, occasionally. In this instance, it appears as though they have one for Cologne. However, it's only on Fridays, and the English one is at 4.30pm, and runs for 1.5 hours.


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I found Köln-Turismus company and wrote them. They gave me +49 0221 949755 - 0 and the E-mail Adress is info@stortz-koeln.de I'll write them - but did anybody hear about them? Manager from disabledaccessholidays.com said that, fortunately, they can provide an electric wheelchair in Köln, too. His colleague trying to organize a transfer. If it will be ...


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I ultimately found one walking tour in the region, in Bonn to be specific. The website is here. As the details are buried in a PDF I'll quote them here. Bonn - Roman Settlement, Baroque Residence and Beethoven City Discover Bonn´s numerous sights on a walking tour through the historical city centre The historical centre of Bonn offers an ...


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Have a look at the offical website for Tourism in Cologne. They have many offers: http://www.cologne-tourism.com/guided-tours.html


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You have got some good answers already but if you want to explore what's possible with the train, one nifty tool is the DB “Sparpreis finder”. It's basically another interface to their booking engine but instead of specifying a time and seeing a handful of detailed connections ordered chronologically, you can specify a date and see all connections ordered by ...


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Congratulations. You just found out the disadvantage of splitting up the public transportation by regional transportation authorities, namely, that travel between such regions is more complicated. Thus, without going too much into detail, the answer to your question is a clear: it depends. Generally, in order to travel between VRR and VRS, you need tickets ...


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The most commonly used airports for such a trip are: Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS) Both are served by US-American Airlines from the US. There are also non-stop flights to Frankfurt, which you may want to prefer. Airport Cologne-Bonn (CGN) is actually closer, but less commonly used for such trips. Trying to ...


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There is a slight confusion in the question that I intend to clear up: I heard that, in German cities, train tickets need to be validated in a machine; will I be required to do this for an online ticket? If yes, where can I validate. This statement is only (generally) true for tickets bought at a ticket machine or a bus driver that are valid only within ...


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eat-the-world.com offers guided tours with food stops. The english one is only on Fridays. If you decide to visit Bonn you can join a Bonn for Beginners Guided Tour. Another interesting option is to visit the former German Bundestag in Bonn. There are guided tours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. However it's not a walking tour.


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As a German, I can't remember seeing such postcards anywhere, though I haven't been to Cologne (except for changing trains). I'm pretty sure it's not meant politically - a tourist shop is surely the last place that would do anything meant to offend tourists (and an unlikely place for a nationalist to own or work at). But it is certainly true that the ...


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Dont forget the Freewalk Cologne walking tour.


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Based on your other question, I guess you want to travel from Köln Airport to Maastricht station. Taking the train from Köln Airport to Aachen will cost you €16,80 (bahn.de), and then from Aachen you can take the bus 50 to Maastricht for €5,50 (Veolia Limburg). Bus 50 leaves just outside the station, timetables can be found on 9292. A cheaper option might ...


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It depends on what type of service it is. For local services such as the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn, ticket validation machines are typically located at the station. These machines will stamp the time the ticket is validated, as tickets generally allow for unlimited travel for a defined region and period (e.g. 2 hours) after validation. For intercity tickets, ...


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I will use the http://disabledaccessholidays.com company I specified above, to hire wheelchair and car transfer. I communicated with them. They can help not only in Berlin and München, but in Köln, too. Hope this question can be useful for someone who will find it here. Thanks.


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No need to fly, but if you are short on time it might be helpful. From Cologne you can take a train to Copenhagen, it takes about 9 hours during the day, with just one change. I guess there will be buses as well, likely overnight ones, as that is what I remember from older timetables. But the overnight (no change) train is no longer on the schedule. From ...


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Alternatives for Frankfurt, which has the best connection to Cologne, are Amsterdam (AMS, Schiphol airport, the Netherlands) and Paris, (CDG, Charles de Gaulle, France) and likely a couple more I did not check. The travel time from the USA to Europe will be about the same, maybe a bit less, but not a lot. Both cities I mentioned have direct trains to ...


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Frankfurt Airport has a long distance train station attached to the airport, with a direct link to Cologne. The train Frankfurt - Cologne is pretty much the fastest train run in the country. It is one of the few places in Germany where the ICE actually runs at 300km/h (I have a picture to prove it!), and there is only 1 stop in between, the trip takes about ...


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you can get day-passes (called "TagesTicket") if you know you need to take the trains regulary on that day. They cost 8.50 for 1 person or 12.90 for 5 persons in the area of cologne, for the other variants check out their site (https://www.vrsinfo.de/tickets/preisliste.html)


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