There are three major German airports that
service the Bonn area:
-Frankfurt/Main Airport: It is best to travel by train from the Frankfurt airport. The trains depart at least twice per hour and the trip time takes between 1 hr, 15 minutes and 2 hours. The costs for a ticket is anywhere between €33 to €70 a trip.
-Dusseldorf Airport: From Dusseldorf Airport it is easiest to travel to Bonn by train (Deutsche Bahn). Trains depart about every 20 minutes. Tickets are typically around €22 and takes about one hour.
-Cologne/Bonn Airport (closest airport): The airport is 22 miles away and can easily be reached by Bus SB60 (Airport Bus). The bus departs every 20 to 30 minutes from outside terminal 1 arrivals and goes directly to Bonn Central Station. The ticket costs around €7.70 and can be purchased at ticket machines or with the bus driver, cash only. You can also take a train from the airport to Bonn-Beuel, which is on the other side of the river from Bonn city (Zentrum). A taxi to central Bonn from the airport will cost around €45.
The Bonn Hauptbahnhof lies on the left bank of the
Rhine, in the south of the city center, along the Cologne - Mainz line. The
station is close to the city`s main attractions which makes it convenient to
many points of interest on foot. Also, all public transportation, such as bus, tram, subway system and
taxis are available at the station.
If you visit the Reisenzentrum under the railway station, you can pick up a free map outlining the city`s transportation network. The office is open Monday to Saturday from 5:30am to 10pm and Sunday 6:30am to 10pm.
Bonn has several possibilities for parking:
limited on-street parking, unlimited in multi-storey car parks and on two
On-street parking Bonn:
Paid parking applies the center of Bonn on Monday-Saturday from 9:00am-8:00pm. The maximum stay is 1-4 hours, depending on the zone. Parking rates are around €1.00/hour.
Long term parking:
Unlimited parking is set on two parking lots: Beethoven-Parkplatz and Charles-de-Gaullw-Strasse.
-Beethoven-Parkplatz : weekdays parking costs around €1.00/hr, daily maximum of around €14.00. (Sundays and Public Holidays the cost is around €0.50/hour or around €7.50/day.)
-Parkplatz Charles-de-Gaulle-Straße: costs around €0.50/hour, daily max. of around €5.00.
Car parks Bonn:
Unlimited parking is also set to car parks in the city center. Parking rates in public car parks cost between €0.50-2.00/hour, daily maximum costs around €25.00, Sundays and Public Holidays costs about €7.00.
Note: Low Emission Zone exists in the districts Castell, Center, Nordstadt, Weststadt, Sudstadt, Gronau and Konrad-Adenauer-Platz.
Yes, Bonn is a great city to walk. The city itself is not very big with many of the different attractions reachable on foot.How do I get around Bonn by public transportation?
Bonn has an excellent bus, night bus, tram and subway system operated by the local Stadtwerke Bonn. There are ticket offices and vending machines at major stations, offering single tickets, multiple tickets and both 24-hour and weekly passes. The tickets are valid on local trains, Stadtbahn (S-Bahn), underground (U-Bahn), tram, buses and night buses. Tickets costs around €1.60 to €9.80 depending on the ticket type. A day ticket costs around €5.60 to €21.How do I get around by taxi?
Taxi services in the city are provided by several different companies and their tariffs differ. It is okay to negotiate the cost of a taxi ride in advance. The cost of services can increase only at night. For a taxi, call 0228-555 555.Is Bonn an area that can be explored by bike?
Bicycles remains one of the most popular means of transport in Bonn and a great way to explore the city. Bikes can be conveniently rented in one of multiple offices throughout the city. Radstation, behind the train station, is one of the most famous and popular bike rentals in the city. Here you can rent a bike that will cost you around €7 a day.Is Bonn a dangerous city?
The city is considered to be a safe place in general. As always, we suggest taking the usual precautions to avoid being targeted by criminals, such as keeping valuables out of sight. Common sense is the most important tool to be used in staying safe. Beware of pickpockets, mostly in crowded buses and in the pedestrian streets.Can I pay/tip in US dollars?
The currency used in Bonn and all of Germany is the euro (€), US dollars are not accepted. ATMs and banks
can be located all throughout town.
We recommend that you exchange a small amount of cash prior to your trip, enough for a cab ride or basic spending on arrival. It is also useful to remind your bank and credit card company that you will be travelling to make sure your cards will work while in Germany. We recommend you record all your credit card numbers, as well as the phone numbers to call if your cards are lost or stolen.
Under the euro system, there are seven notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros. Notes are the same for all countries. There are eight coins: 1 and 2 euros, plus 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents.
Banks and other government agencies are working on weekdays, from 8:00 - 8:30 am to 5:00 - 6:00 pm. During the day, small lunch break is possible. Some large banks can operate on Saturdays, but the time will be reduced significantly.
Almost all major shopping centers, restaurants and hotels accept service payment with credit cards. They deal with cards of international standard. Large amounts of cash are necessary to those only, who hope to make purchases in markets or in small retail pavilions.
You can exchange money not only in banks and private exchange offices, but also in the department of the General Post Office. It operates seven days a week and around the clock, but the exchange rate at the post office is not the most profitable.
In Germany, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa are commonly accepted, with the latter two cards predominating. Note that many banks now assess a 1% to 3% `transaction fee` on all charges you incur abroad (whether you`re using the local currency or your native currency).
The climate in Bonn varies greatly and can be somewhat
temperate. The best months for good weather in Bonn are July, August and
September. On average, the warmest months are July and August. The coldest
months are between January and March. From April to June (springtime) the
climate is good and the city is not yet as crowded as the summer months. The
spring is also when the cherry blossom festival takes place. The exact dates
for the bloom vary each year, but they usually happen sometime in April when
people flock in droves to the picturesque streets.
If you plan to devote a lot of your time to excursions and walks throughout the city, we recommend visiting between May to October. This is when the most favorable weather prevails, so frequent rains typically will not affect your plans. However, make sure to book in advance during the summer months when the city is visited by the biggest number of tourists.
German is the official language spoken in Bonn. Hotel and restaurant staff in Bonn likely speak enough that you can communicate your order or check into your hotel, but it`s always polite to at least try the local language. Younger people will more likely be able to speak English opposed to the older population, but general rule is hit and miss - depending on what type of school they went to. We suggest you get a good English-German guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.What is the food like?
In addition to numerous restaurants serving regional
German cuisine, Bonn offers its guests a variety of international cuisine and interesting
The local cuisine of Bonn is called `Rheinländische Küche`, difficult to define properly, but characterized by a solid basis of seasonal vegetables, ranging from cabbage in late spring, asparagus in summer, mushrooms in autumn, to the universal `Rheinländische Sauerbraten` (a sweet-sour marinated veal stew served with apple sauce), or mussels, served with dark rye-bread, and finally the delicate potato-pancakes. You`ll always see the German classics as well, such as the diverse `Schnizels` and sausages. Another typical German thing to eat is all kinds of breads, cakes and cookies.
The old town (Altstadt) in general is the place to go out at night. There
are a lot of small pubs and student bars in this district. The Alter Zoll is a great
place go head out in the evenings if the weather is warm, open only in summer.
This is a beautiful place to be on a nice summer night in Bonn. Alter Zoll is a
large beer garden under an old tree with direct view of the Rhine and a
wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It can become very crowded and take a while to
get your drinks. Many people (especially students) bring their own drinks and
sit down on the meadow next to the beer garden. Also, the city quarters south of the
university, Südstadt & Poppelsdorf, also offers a few
establishments with a mix of bars, restaurants and cafes.
Bonn also has a flourishing fine-arts and performing arts community with a large list of cultural events. One the most popular is `La Scala of the Rhineland,` the Oper der Stadt Bonn, where ballet and opera are performed at regular intervals mid-August to June.
Bonn`s city center hosts the usual chain stores like Kaufhof,
Karstadt, C&A, H&M, Esprit, Zero, NewYorker, Promod, Butler`s, Tchibo
and Runner`s Point. Bonn is also home to some of the best places to
Market Square (Marktplatz): A walk through Bonn`s Market Square, situated in the Old Town Center, will present hundreds of mom-and-pop boutiques, cafes and restaurants to explore. Medieval architecture and pedestrian paths make this area a pleasant place to stroll. This area also is where visitors will find open-air events and stalls that rotate throughout the year offering seasonal fresh produce and seafood, antiques and local craftsmanship.
Kaiserpassag Mall: Opened in 2009 in the Bad Godesberg area, this shopping mall is quite a contrast to the Market Square. Comprised largely of boutiques from both local and international brands alike, such as ESPIRIT and H&M.
Galeria Kaufhof is the largest and most famous shopping center in Bonn. The complex houses all kinds of shops from elite clothing to attractive budget stores, as well as trade pavilions with cosmetics and jewelry. There are also several large department stores and even its own theater.
Cathedral Square (Siegburg Musterplatz): The Cathedral Square, which is about a 15-minute ride northeast from the heart of Bonn, is more like a traditional outdoor European market where you`ll find some of the area`s famous pottery, as well as unique souvenirs of the area. This is also where you`ll find the annual Christmas Market. Dozens of stalls, decorated with bright Christmas lights, all over the square for weeks near the end of the year.
If you are visiting from April to September, make sure to check out the most famous flea market of the city, which is situated on Rheinauenflohmarkt Square.
Tax Information: VAT is currently at 19%. Travelers who live outside the European Union can obtain a tax refund (www.globalblue.com) on goods bought in Germany by submitting the purchased goods and the original receipt to the customs office at the airport. The export certificate should then be taken to any of the five counters after the security check, where a cash refund is obtained. Note that a small fee will be charged on all refunds.
This welcome card is the most cost-effective way to see the attractions in Bonn. The Bonn Regio Welcome Card can be purchased through the local tourism board. For just around €10 you can experience free entry to about 22 different museums and attractions, as well as discounts at other attractions and area restaurants. In addition, your Bonn Region Welcome Card includes free use to public transportation in the Bonn area, when visiting attractions. The Welcome Card is valid for 24 hours from first use. For more information or to purchase a card, visit: www.bonn-region.de/travel-info--service/bonn-regio-welcomecard-formHow do I call Germany from the U.S.?
First dial 011, the U.S. exit code. Next dial 49, the country for Germany, then the are code (2-5 digits), and finally the phone number (3-9 digits).What should I do if I need medical assistance or need to go to the hospital?
phone numbers in emergency (dial without any local prefix all over
Germany/always free of charge):
Medical emergency and fire department, dial 112
Police, dial 110
German medical facilities are among the best in the world. If a medical emergency arises, your hotel staff can usually put you in touch with a reliable doctor. If not, contact the American embassy or a consulate; each one maintains a list of English-speaking doctors. Medical and hospital services aren`t free, so be sure that you have appropriate insurance coverage before you travel.
Hospital: Joseph-Schumpeter-Allee 15 , Bonn 53227 , Germany - Tel. +49 228 9090 750