Travel to Germany

Flying to Germany

Air notes:

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

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.

Airport guides

Airport Code: TXL. Location: Berlin-Tegel Airport is located 11km (7 miles) northwest of central Berlin. Money: Berlin-Tegel Airport has ATMs in Terminals A and C and bureaux de change and banks in Terminals A,... Read more

Airport Code: CGN. Location: Cologne Bonn Airport is situated 15km (9 miles) southeast of Cologne. Money: There is a bank in the departure area B of Terminal 1. ATMs can be found at various points... Read more

Airport Code: DUS. Location: Düsseldorf Airport is located 8km (5 miles) north of Düsseldorf. Money: Full banking facilities are located in Arrivals. ATMs can be found throughout Düsseldorf... Read more

Airport Code: FRA. Location: Frankfurt Airport is located 12km (8 miles) southwest of Frankfurt city centre. Money: Numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are available in Terminals 1 and 2, both before and... Read more

Airport Code: HAM. Location: Hamburg Airport is situated 8km (5 miles) north of Hamburg city centre. Money: Monetary facilities inside the terminals include a bank, bureau de change, and several ATMs. Read more

Airport Code: HAJ. Location: Hannover Airport is situated 11km (7 miles) north of Hanover. Money: A branch of Sparkasse bank can be found in the departures area of Terminal B, and is open 24 hours... Read more

Airport Code: MUC. Location: Munich Airport is located 36km (22 miles) northeast of Munich. Money: Several banks, ATMs and bureaux de change are available in the terminals. Read more

Airport Code: STR. Location: Stuttgart Airport is situated 13km (8 miles) south of Stuttgart. Money: There are two banks with bureau de change facilities in Terminal 1. Numerous ATMs are located... Read more

Airport Code: ZQW. Location: Zweibrücken Airport is located 5km (3 miles) southeast of Zweibrücken city centre. Money: There is an ATM in the departures area. Other ATMs can be found at the nearby Style Outlets Zweibr... Read more

Airport Code: BRE. Location: City Airport Bremen is located 3.5km (2 miles) south of the city. Money: Two banks with ATMs are available in the terminal complex, along with a bureau de change. Read more

Airport Code: DRS. Location: The airport is located around 9km (5.6 miles) north of Dresden city centre. Money: Banking services and ATMs are available in the terminal. Read more

Airport Code: LEJ. Location: The airport is located in Germany, approximately 15km (9 miles) northwest of central Leipzig, and a... Money: ATMs are located in Terminal B. There is also automatic money changing machines operating in a... Read more

Airport Code: NUE. Location: The airport is located around 5km (3 miles) north of Nuremberg city centre. Money: A bureau de change operates Monday-Saturday, and an ATM is available. Read more

Airport Code: FMO. Location: The airport is located 25km (15 miles) north of Münster, and 35km (21 miles) south of Osnabr... Money: There are two ATMs located within the airport. Read more

Airport Code: PAD. Location: The airport is located around 18km (11 miles) southwest of Paderborn. Money: An ATM is located opposite the information desk near the terminal entrance. Read more

Airport Code: FDH. Location: The airport is located 4.3km (2.6 miles) northeast of Friedrichshafen city centre, close to the... Money: No bureau de change office is available at the airport; however an ATM is available in Departures. Read more

Airport Code: GWT. Location: The airport is located centrally on the island close to Tinnum village. Money: Banking facilities are available in the nearby town of Westerland. Read more

Airport Code: RLG. Location: The airport is located 22km (14 miles) south of Rostock. Money: An ATM is housed within the terminal. Read more

Airport Code: BER. Location: BER is located in the southeast of Berlin, about 27km (17 miles) from the Brandenburg Gate. Money: T1/T2: Money exchange offices are located in the arrivals area (Arrival 1, Baggage Claim A1-A4,... Read more

Travel 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).

Cruise ships:

Various cruise ship itineraries incorporate Germany. On the north coast, Hamburg's location sees it figure prominently, while towns and cities along the Rhine, Main and Danube are popular stop-offs for river cruises.

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.




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