Located between Germany's fourth-largest city, Cologne, and the former West German capital of Bonn, the Cologne Bonn Airport (Flughafen Köln Bonn) serves around 12.9 million passengers per year. That sets it well behind the powerhouse of Germany's largest airport near Frankfurt, but it is still an important transportation hub within North Rhine-Westphalia.
Cologne Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information
- Airport Code: CGN
- Phone Number: +49 0 2203 404001
- Address: Kennedystraße, 51147 Köln
- Website: www.koeln-bonn-airport.de
- Flight Tracker: www.cologne-bonn-airport.com/en/flights/departure-arrival.html
Know Before You Go
The Cologne Bonn Airport is one of Germany's few 24-hour airports with destinations in nearly 40 countries. The airport was named after Konrad Adenauer, a Cologne native and the first post-war Chancellor of West Germany. It is jointly owned by the City of Cologne, Federal Republic of Germany, State of North Rhine-Westphalia, City of Bonn, and two counties. It acts as a hub for Eurowings, FedEx, and UPS airlines. When considering cargo and passenger traffic, it is the fifth-busiest airport in Germany.
The Cologne Bonn Airport is located in the district of Porz about 7 miles southeast of Cologne and 10 miles northeast of Bonn. The Cologne Bonn Airport competes with nearby Düsseldorf Airport and the busiest airport in the country in Frankfurt.
The airport has two passenger terminals joined by a connecting hall:
- Terminal 1: Opened in the 1970s, this U-shaped terminal has shops, restaurants, check-in desks, and a visitors' rooftop deck. Updates in 2004 increased security facilities, shops, and restaurants. There are jet bridges, walk-on boarding, and bus-boarding stands. This terminal is primarily used by Eurowings, as well as Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. There is an observation deck, pharmacy, and medical services. Terminal 1 has a direct connection to the railway station.
- Terminal 2: Opened in 2000 to the north of Terminal 1, it is a more modern glass and steel structure. It has eight stands with jet bridges and bus-boarding. It is used by Ryanair, Iran Air, and others. Terminal 2 has a travel center for help and advice. It is connected to the airports' railway station on the basement level.
The Cologne Bonn Airport has 12,500 parking spots available in three different car parks and a northern lot (P-Nord) for larger vehicles. Short-term parking starts at 5 euro, with cheaper long-term rates available. Reservations are available online; there are sections for motorcycles and scooters and electric charging stations.
The airport is connected by road to most major German cities. The airport has a Flughafen exit on the A59 motorway, which connects to Cologne and Bonn, and the rest of the region. Look for signs marking "Ankunft / Abflug" ("Approach / Departure").
Public Transportation and Taxis
Cologne Bonn Airport has a large underground station with four platforms located between the two terminals. It underwent renovation in 2002.
Cologne and Troisdorf have direct connections to the airport via the city transport of S-Bahn on lines S13 and S19. Trains run to Frankfurt every 20 minutes on weekdays. Every hour there is service between the airport and Minden via Regional-Express line RE 6 and the Regionalbahn RB 27 that passes by Cologne, Troisdorf, Bonn, and Beuel, known as the East Rhine Railway. Several fast running train lines (ICE) also run between the airport and many German cities.
There is also an express airport bus SB60 that runs between Bonn and the airport. The journey takes less than 15 minutes and costs 2.80 euros. Bus 161 is another option to get to Cologne, but only takes you to the outskirts. From here you can take Cologne's public transport around the city. Long-distance buses operated by companies like FlixBus and BlaBlaBus can connect you to cities across Germany and Europe.
Taxis are easily available outside of both terminals. The trip into the Cologne takes about 15 minutes and should cost around 30 euros (40 euros to Bonn).
If you are staying at a nearby hotel, you can also check to see if they run a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport.
Where to Eat and Drink
Cologne Bonn Airport has a few fast food and casual dining establishments on the premises. It wouldn't be Germany without several bakeries, and there is a Starbucks and Burger King, and a supermarket with several ready-to-eat meals. Terminal 2 has a few snack bars open 24-hours. However, if you are looking for something beyond standard airport fare, try to eat before arriving.
Where to Shop
The airport has limited shopping options. There are international brands like Espirit and Marc O'Polo, as well as a Haribo store. There is also a bookshop with post services, a toy store, and duty-free shopping.
How to Spend Your Layover
Within Cologne Bonn Airport, you can watch the planes inside or make your way to the rooftop deck in Terminal 1. The Wahner Heide nature reserve also surrounds the airport. There is plentiful wildlife, hiking trails, and a chance to connect with nature right next to the airport.
It is possible to take a day trip to Cologne or Bonn if you have enough time (considering you'll have to pass through security on your way back). Transportation into either city is fast and inexpensive, and many of the city sites are right in the center. There are also many attractions and destinations within the region.
The airport has an Airport Business Lounge available for 22 euros (children under 13 enter for free.) Premium passengers of Turkish Airlines, Iran Air, and Executive Lounges/Servisair may enter for free. Relax with spacious seating, use of an iPad, liquor, and snacks.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout with some charging stations.
Cologne Bonn Airport Tips and Facts
- If you're not feeling well, there is a medical clinic in Terminal 1, as well as a pharmacy.
- There is a post office in Terminal 1 within the bookstore if you need to mail anything last-minute.
- If you need a space for peace, quiet, and prayer, visit the interdenominational prayer room in Terminal 2.
- The airport is the host of the German and European space agencies which train astronauts for space explorations.
Cologne Bonn Airport Press Release. "Press releases." 1/17/2019
Cologne Bonn Airport. "Parking." 2020.