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Basic information

  • Area: 217 km² (84 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +49 211
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 584,217
  • Official language: German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Dusseldorf – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Düsseldorf is served by airport is Düsseldorf International Airport which is located around 9 km from the city centre. As a major hub for flights to Germany the airport operates flights to many major International destinations. There are a number of transport links between the airport and downtown Düsseldorf, including taxis, trains and buses. Taxis can be hailed from outside the Arrivals Terminal, but be sure to use only official vehicles. The journey takes around 20 minutes depending on traffic and costs €20. The airport offers a number of buses from the front of central arrivals with frequent services running between the airport, railway station, city centre and surrounding areas. The fare is usually around €2 and the journey to downtown takes around 25 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from kiosks or when boarding the bus. The airport also operates a rapid train service that runs every twelve minutes, taking passengers to the city centre for a cost of €2.

Buses and trams

Düsseldorf has an extensive fleet of buses and trams that traverse the city and surrounding suburbs. Tickets must be purchased and validated prior to boarding from vending machines on the tram way or at bus stops. It is possible to buy direct from the driver, but is often more expensive. Multi trip or family tickets are also available for added convenience. Long distance buses arrive and depart from the central bus station located on Worringer Strasse, with services to many international destinations including Paris and Amsterdam. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal building or via contacting the bus companies directly.


Düsseldorf’s metro or U-Bahn system with its comprehensive network and reliable service is a great way of getting around the city. Numerous lines connect stations throughout the city centre, with trains running every few minutes. Operating from 5.30am through to 1am the U-Bahn system is by far the most convenient mode of transport, but be aware it can get busy during rush hour. Tickets can be bought from manned booths on the station concourse, or from automatic kiosks.


There are many official taxis that operate throughout Düsseldorf, which can be hailed on the street, from a taxi stand or pre-booked by telephone. All licensed vehicles are fitted with meters, and rates are usually reasonable and include all additional charges.


Düsseldorf main station or Hauptbhanhof is a major stop for German state railways and operates S-Bahn, RegionalBahn and Regionalexpress trains. Direct daily services run to numerous local and international destinations such as Munich, Berlin, Cologne, London and Brussels. Tickets can be purchased via rail operators or at the station.