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Car Hire from Cologne Airport

Car Hire at Cologne Airport

There are many places of interest in Cologne that draw visitors in their volumes to the cosmopolitan city centre. Cologne’s famous Gothic Cathedral is an iconic part of the city’s skyline and the city’s wealth of bistros, bars and cafes make it a lively destination at day or by night. The best way to see everything in Cologne after arriving at Cologne Airport is by hiring a car.

Where to hire a car at Cologne Airport

There are desks for Avis, Budget, Buchbinder, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt all located in Terminal 2 in area D of Arrivals. Hours of opening are from 6am to 11pm 7 days a week and drop-offs outside opening hours can be arranged.

Petrol Stations near Cologne Airport

If you have hired a car from Cologne Airport with a full to full fuel policy you need to make sure you refuel before returning your car to avoid excess charges.

The closest petrol station is around 5km away from the airport building and can be reached by following the airport exit road (L84) before joining highway 59 for 4km where you will see a petrol station on your right.

Driving around Cologne Airport

Roads in Cologne are extremely well-maintained, signed and easy to navigate. When travelling the Autobahn it is worth noting that there is no universal speed limit and vehicles may overtake you at high speed.
When you leave Cologne Airport you will be on the L83 exit road from where you can quickly join the major highway 59 to most destinations near Cologne.

Getting to your destination

Here are some of the popular destinations visited on a road trip in Germany which can be easily reached after you have hired a car from Cologne Airport.


The city of Cologne is located on the river Rhine and is one of the largest cities in Germany. A popular destination for tourists, Cologne is home to fascinating architecture including Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge. Check out our guide to the top things to do in Cologne.
The city of Cologne is 15km from Cologne Airport and can be reached by following the A559 from the airport into the city centre.
There is plenty of parking available in Cologne including several 24 hour underground car parks that are clearly signed in the city. On-street parking is possible in certain zones of Cologne city that are clearly marked. Rates vary from €1.50-€2.50/hour.


Bonn is the birthplace of Beethoven and still an appealing cultural destination today being well known for its year-round exhibitions and events. With its picturesque setting on the Romantic Rhine, there’s plenty to see and do in Bonn.
Cologne Airport is 24km from Bonn and can be reached by taking the A59 from the airport exit road and following for 17km before joining the B56 from exit 41 of the A59. Follow for 4km into Bonn.
There is chargeable parking in the centre of Bonn operating from 9am to 8pm Monday-Saturday and costing €1/hour. Parking charges applie on Sunday just in the Hauptbahnhof where maximum parking duration is 1 hour. There is unlimited parking in the city centre car parks with rates from €0.50-€2/hour with a daily maximum of €25. Discounted rates apply in the evenings, overnight and Sundays.


Dusseldorf is famed for its vibrant nightlife, carnival, events, shopping and also for fashion and trade fairs. Formerly an industrial city, it is now the economic centre of the Rhineland and has much to offer its visitors.
Cologne Airport is 55km from Dusseldorf and can be reached by taking the A59 from the airport exit road and following for 2.5km before joining the A3 towards Dusseldorf for 47km and then follow the B8 for 5.5km into Dusseldorf.
There is chargeable parking in the centre of Dusseldorf costing €0.25-€0.75/30mins. There is unlimited parking in the city centre car parks costing €1.50-€3.00/hour with a daily maximum of €25-€30. There is also a Park and Ride service on the outskirts of the city with free parking and public transport into the city.

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