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Air Travel
Railroad Travel
Buses, trams, underground
Taxis
Cycling
Driving and parking in Bonn
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Air Travel

Colgone/Bonn Airport © Köln Bonn Airport

The Cologne/Bonn Airport (Flughafen Köln/Bonn) is conveniently located northeast of Bonn on the A 59 motorway. It is to be reached in twenty minutes by car. The airport bus (express line SB 60) leaves during day time from the centre of Bonn every 20 minutes and arrives at the airport about
½ hour later (cost approximately Euro 7,80). A taxi from the center of Bonn to the airport costs about Euro 34.

Address of the airport authorities:
Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH
Postfach 980 120
51129 Köln
Phone: + 49 2203 - 40 1
Fax: +49 2203 - 40 40 44

Köln Bonn Airport
URL: http://www.koeln-bonn-airport.de/index.php?id=1&lang=2&L=1
Airport Express SB 60
URL: http://en.swb-busundbahn.de/bus-bahn/service/airport-express -sb60.html
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Railroad Travel

Thanks to a dense network of railway lines and reliable services, rail travel out of and into Bonn is quick and easy.
Each railway station (Bahnhof) will have timetables posted with departure times (Abfahrt) and arrival times (Ankunft).
Passenger trains are listed in chronological order according to departure and arrival times. The timetables indicate the train number (Zug-Nr.), destinations (nach), platform (Bahnsteig) and track number (Gleis).

Don't let the fact that you haven't mastered the language yet stop you from travelling by train. Many conductors speak English.

There are numerous ways of saving money when travelling by train in Germany. The most widely used offer is the BahnCard. It costs EUR 60 for second class, EUR 150 for first class and gives you 25 % reduction on nearly all trains in Germany for one year.
Furthermore there are a variety of special discount offers for two people travelling together, for up to five people travelling together and for larger groups. Children between 4 and 11 pay half the full fare and children under three go free. There are also discounts available when travelling at weekends and late at night on ICEs. For further details on special offers and their varying conditions, ask the information personnel at Bonn railway station.

For train timetable information by phone, call the service number of the German railway company Deutsche Bahn AG phone 11861 (personal service and booking) or 0800 - 15 07 09 00 (time table information). Via Internet please see

www.bahn.de
URL: http://www.bahn.de
Eurail train passes for non-european citizens to travel in Germany and other countries in Europe
URL: http://www.eurail.com/
Interrail train passes for european citizens to travel in Germany and other countries in Europe
URL: http://www.interrail.eu/
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Buses, trams, underground

image 85 © Stadt Bonn

Buses and trams are the ideal means of transport for getting around Bonn quickly and hassle-free.

Bus and tram stops (Haltestelle) are marked by a sign with a green H in a green circle against a yellow background. The numbers of the buses/trams that stop there are usually also listed together with their timetables.
Underground (U Bahn) stops are marked with a blue U.

Tickets may be purchased from vending machines on trams and underground trains and at stations, or from approximately 130 ticket offices in Bonn. On buses, tickets may also be purchased from the driver.

The municipal authorities' customer centre in the lower level of Bonn's main railway station (Maximilian-Passage) can provide information on the public transport system.
You can obtain single tickets (Einzelfahrschein), multiple travel tickets (Mehrfahrtenkarte), weekly tickets (Wochenkarte) and monthly tickets (Monatskarte) as well as a large variety of special offer tickets such as 24-hour ticket (24-Stunden-Karte), mini group ticket (Minigruppenkarte), 3-day ticket (3-Tage-Karte) and Junior ticket.

For further information (Timetable and Ticket service), please contact:
0180 - 41 31 31 3

Tickets must be validated by inserting them in the yellow time-stampers in all buses, trams and underground trains. Single tickets, 24-hour tickets, mini group tickets and 3-day tickets obtained from vending machines are already validated. Public transport in Germany operates on a system of trust, however periodic spot checks are made. The fine for travelling without a valid ticket is EUR 40.

The Welcome-Card is a wonderful way to see the sights of the city for one great price. This ticket allows access to over 40 attractions, free entrance to over 20 museums, and unlimited use of the public transport system in Bonn, Cologne and the Rhein-Sieg district. The Welcome-Card is not only available at ticket machines and agencies, but can also be purchased from hotels, museums and ferry companies, as well as at regional tourist information offices.

Bonn Regio Welcome Card
URL: http://www.bonn-region.de/english/service/bonn-regio-welcome card.html
SWB Bus und Bahn
URL: http://en.swb-busundbahn.de/
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Taxis

Taxis can be phoned for 0228 - 55 55 55 (or other numbers listed in the local yellow pages) or found at a taxi rank. If there is more than one taxi ready for service, be sure you go to the driver of the first car waiting in line even if one further back would be more convenient for you and your luggage. Fares are metered unless you and the driver agree otherwise.

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Cycling

image 52 © Barbara Frommann

Cycling in Bonn is an efficient and practical means of transport. Cycle paths are quite extensive and maps of bicycle routes in and around Bonn are available at bookshops.

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Driving and parking in Bonn

While public transport and cycling are the most environmentally sound and stress-free ways to get around in the city, Bonn has excellent roads and a large number of parking spaces to accommodate cars.

There are several possibilities for parking:
- hourly parking
- multi-storey car parks (Parkhäuser)
- resident sticker (Anwohner Parkausweis).
For hourly parking you can find lay-bys simply requiring a "Parkscheibe" (parking disk) or parking spaces where you will find chit-dispensing machines for inserting coins. The machine rolls out a slip of paper with the printed time on it for you to put on the dashboard of your car so that it is clearly visible to the traffic warden.

The map shows the multi-storey car parks in the city. A display indicates whether there are still free spaces (freie Plätze). Opening hours and parking rates vary. When paying (yellow ticket machines, often on the ground floor) and leaving the multi-storey car park, please take your parking ticket with you.

In some areas you need a "resident sticker" (Anwohner Parkausweis). It allows you to park your car on one side of the street in your area of residence (for example: Südstadt, Rheinuferviertel, Weststadt). You can buy the resident sticker from the city traffic administration department in the Stadthaus (City Hall).

For information about the residential areas requiring such a resident sticker and about the prices please contact Mrs. Thiebes, 0228 - 77 30 78.

Parking spaces
URL: http://www.bonn.de/umwelt_gesundheit_planen_bauen_wohnen/ver kehrs_infos/14767/index.html?lang=de
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Traffic Regulations

The international traffic signs used in Germany are the same as in most of Europe. As a responsible driver, you must be familiar with these signs and with the German highway code. You can purchase an English language instruction manual from a driving school (Fahrschule). Here we will highlight some important rules which can be studied in detail with the help of a manual.

While there is generally no speed limit on the motorway (Autobahn), the recommended maximum speed is 130 kph. Some speed limits are posted and these areas may be radar-patrolled. Speeding tickets are sent by post a few weeks later. The speed limit in towns and villages is 50 kph unless otherwise signed, 30 kph in certain zones.
Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers, and children must have appropriate car seats. All vehicles must be equipped with a warning triangle and a first aid kit to be used in emergencies.

Drive on the right, overtake on the left - this includes driving on the motorway.

Right of way must be yielded to all vehicles and bicycles coming from the right at all intersections unless otherwise marked . Pedestrians crossing at the black and white zebra crossing have absolute right of way. Cyclists must use cycle paths where available and follow the rules for cars wherever they use the road. Buses pulling out from bus stops have right of way.

Drinking and driving don't mix: the legal limit for blood alcohol content is 50 millilitres. Violations are punishable by fines and/or suspension of driving licence.

Bonn has an environment protection zone ("Umweltzone”). Only vehicles equipped with a valid environment badge are allowed to enter the inner city. The environment protection zone is marked by road signs.

Environment protection zone
URL: http://www.bonn.de/umwelt_gesundheit_planen_bauen_wohnen/umw eltschutz/luftreinhaltung/umweltzone/index.html?lang=en
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