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Car Hire from Cologne Airport

Car Hire at Cologne Airport

This information is correct as of September 2015

Whether you want to visit fun-loving Cologne, sophisticated Bonn or quirky Bruhl, home to one of the best Rococco interiors in the world, you can find the best car hire at Cologne Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Cologne Airport

There are six car hire companies with desks at Cologne Airport: Avis, Buchbinder, Enterprise, Europecar, Hertz and Sixt. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Petrol stations near Cologne Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

Luckily there is an Aral petrol station located just 13 minutes drive from Cologne Airport. Take Waldstrasse to Grengeler Mauspfad then take a right onto Rosratherstrasse. Continue on to Kolnerstrasse and the petrol station will be on the right hand side.

Driving around Cologne Airport

When driving in the centre of Cologne all cars must display a ‘Low Emissions’ sticker. This should be purchased several weeks in advance of travel. There are many motorways leading out of Cologne; the A1, A4, A3, A57 and the A555 which is directly connected to the North Rhine-Westphalian motorway network. The A 59 links the airport to Central Cologne.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Cologne Airport.


This great port city is a bustling boom-town renowned for its theatre, earthy bars, pulsating clubs, a hip arts scene and sophisticated cafes. Its meandering canals weave through the city while its huge green parks create a blissful escape from the endless city buzz. Beautiful historic architecture, local markets and boutique fashions make this a city to idle in.

It takes just 22 minutes to reach Bonn from Cologne Airport. Get on to Waldstrasse taking a left onto Kennedystrasse. Merge with the A59, exiting at the 41BN for the B56 to the centre of Bonn.


Almost a suburb of Cologne, Bruhl contains the stunning Rococco Augustusburg Palace designed by Balthasar Neuman which is rightfully on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is worth visiting Bruhl for this sight alone! Thankfully, the city also boasts some great places for kids including the fabulous Phantasialand theme park and of course, its proximity to lively Cologne.

Bruhl is just 30 minutes by car from Cologne Airport. Take Waldstrasse then left onto Kennedystrasse. Merge with the A59 and then with the A559.Folow signs for the A4 to Aachen and take the exit to Bruhl.


Cologne seems to offer a never-ending array of attractions from its spectacular cathedral to chocolate shops, museums, a major arts scene, beer halls, festivals, boutiques and cafes. Even the architecture is a delightful muddle of Roman, medieval, post-war and avant-garde. Spring time along the canal is when the party starts and outdoor drinking and hedonistic carnivals continue right through to the autumn. Cologners certainly know how to have a good time and this is reflected in the city’s laid back and fun loving attitude. Come and see for yourself!

Cologne is just 20 minutes by car from Cologne Airport. Take Waldstrasse onto Kennedystrasse merging with the A59. Take the exit for the A559 and follow signs for Cologne city centre.

On-street parking Cologne is charged from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 11pm and costs €0.10 per 3 minutes (€3 per hour) in the city centre. Outside the centre parking is charged at €0.05 per 3 minutes. Unlimited parking is in car parks in the city centre These charge € 1.50-2.50 per hour with a daily maximum of € 10.00-25.00. Some hotels in Cologne also offer free parking.

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