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Getting Around in COLOGNE

Cologne has a good public transport system consisting of the subway, tram and bus networks. One and three day passes which are valid for the U-Bahn and S-Bahn are available that make travelling cheaper. In addition, the city is not that huge, and it is possible to walk from the Rudolfplatz on one end of the city centre to the Dom on the other end in about 30 minutes.

Cologne has a good subway and tram network (called the U-Bahn), a mixture of subway trains that can come up to street level to become a tram and vice versa.

The Bus network combines with U-Bahn to cover most of the city in an efficient manner. Tickets need to be validated upon boarding the bus.

Regional trains are known as S-Bahn and tickets need to be purchased at the station. The trains service the suburban parts and outskirts of Cologne.

Like other German cities, it is possible to rent bikes that can be picked up and dropped off in any part of the city. In fact, the best way to travel within the city is by bicycle.

Walking through the city is another option, as the roads may get jammed with traffic during the peak hours and walking is preferable to driving through the roads.

How to Reach COLOGNE

By Air

Cologne is well connected to all of Europe and rest of the world by multiple modes of transport. The Cologne Bonn Airport handles both international and domestic flights. It is a major hub for some low cost airlines and a ride by the S-Bahn from the airport to the centre of Cologne is around 15 minutes. The Dusseldorf International Airport is a 40-minute train ride from Cologne and also has a number of intercontinental connections. 

By Road

An international bus station present to the north of Hauptabahnh of has buses to Serbia on a daily basis and to Montenegro on every alternate day. Plenty of motorways also lead to Cologne and it is easy to drive in by car from anywhere else in Germany.

By Rail

Cologne has two major train stations: the Koln Hauptbahnhof and Koln-Deutz, both of which provide connectivity to much of Europe, including major cities like Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. 

Visa Requirements for GERMANY

UAE nationals can enjoy a visa-free stay at Germany for a maximum of 90 days. Indian, Pakistani, Filipinos, Bangladeshi, Egyptian and Iranian expats living in the UAE need to apply for a Schengen visa. With a Schengen visa, travellers can travel and stay not only in Germany, but all 26 countries that lie in the Schengen region. The 26 countries include Austria, Italy, France, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium etc.

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