Guide to Cologne Bonn Airport: Flights, Parking, Transport

Updated on December 26, 2023  


Navigating airports can feel a bit like unraveling the world's toughest knot, right? You're not alone with these head-scratching moments, particularly when it comes to maneuvering through the Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany.

In today's blog post, we are going to ease your airport worries by giving you an insightful guide on navigating this aviation giant - including transportation options and valuable in-airport services to how one can efficiently spend a layover period.

Overview of Cologne Bonn Airport

Location and History

Cologne Bonn Airport, situated just 17 km east of Central Cologne in Germany, has a rich history that dates back to December 8, 1950. Prior to its inauguration as an airport, it was initially established as a military airfield within the Wahner Heide area in 1938.

The airport carries the name of Konrad Adenauer - a tribute to the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. [1

Today, this central hub caters to both domestic and international flights, connecting countless travelers from around the globe with their desired destinations.

Terminals Information

Cologne Bonn Airport proudly hosts two terminals, handling a combined 8 to 12 million passengers every year! I've seen the impressive layout of this transportation hub firsthand and believe me; it's quite something.

Terminal 1 is a bustling spot frequently used by renowned airlines like Eurowings and Lufthansa which makes it pretty busy most times.


The airport facilities are designed to minimize hassle and optimize passenger comfort. Terminal 2 stands out in its unique way as it's connected to Terminal 1 by a handy connecting hall making transitions between them swift and effortless.

And let's not forget about those jet bridges, walk-on boarding options, or bus-boarding stands that further smoothens our journey from the check-in desk right onto the plane.

The architecture facilitating an efficient boarding process truly reflects genius planning at Cologne Bonn Airport!

Airlines and Destinations

Cologne Bonn Airport serves as a hub for an array of airlines, including Eurowings, Ryan Air, and Lufthansa. I find that Terminal 1 mainly caters to German carriers bound for places throughout Europe and even South Africa.

Besides being a focus city for several airlines like Aegean, Air Arabia, or Air Serbia to name a few, they have expanded flight routes reaching destinations diverse as Tirana in Albania or Salzburg in Austria.

Around 30 airlines connect the Airport to over 130 domestic and international destinations in 39 countries.

This vibrant aviation industry presence turns the airport into one of the prominent travel hubs connecting flights globally.

Transportation Options

Taxis and Car Rentals

Taxis and car rentals are convenient transportation options available at Cologne Bonn Airport. Taxis can be easily found outside both terminals, with no need for reservations as they are available 24/7.

The average fare for a taxi ride from the airport to Cologne is approximately €27, while a trip to Bonn would cost around €40. All official taxis at the airport are operated by Taxi Ruf Köln. [2]


If you prefer to drive yourself, there are also several car rental companies located within the airport premises, offering a range of vehicles to suit your needs.

Whether you choose a taxi or opt for car hire, getting around from Cologne Bonn Airport is hassle-free and efficient.

Public Transportation to and from the Airport

I found it really convenient to use public transportation to get to and from Cologne Bonn Airport. The airport is well-connected with the city center and other areas through a comprehensive network of train, tram, and bus lines.

There's even a new Intercity-Express (ICE) railway station located right in the city center, making it easy for travelers to reach the airport by train. This means you don't have to worry about finding parking or dealing with traffic congestion.


Just hop on a train or bus, sit back, relax, and let public transportation take you where you need to go.

With various train lines serving the airport terminals directly, you can easily hop on a tram and head into the city without any hassle.

We share 10 different ways to get from the Cologne Airport to the city centre in this article.

Parking Options

Cologne Bonn Airport offers a variety of parking options to accommodate travelers. With a total of 12,500 parking spots available, visitors have plenty of choices. There are three different car parks and a northern lot specifically designed for larger vehicles.


For those looking for the cheapest parking option, car park P-Nord is the way to go. Located between car parks P2 and P3, next to Terminal 2, it provides affordable rates without compromising convenience.

The airport has also implemented a parking guidance system that helps guide visitors to available free parking spaces and directs them to their destination efficiently. Secure long-term parking options are also available for those in need of extended stays at the airport.

Services and Amenities

Shopping and Dining Options

At Cologne Bonn Airport, there are plenty of options for shopping and dining. You can satisfy your craving for baked goods at one of the many bakeries available. If you're in need of a caffeine fix, there's a Starbucks where you can grab your favorite coffee drink.