Sicht auf den Dortmunder Flughafen , © Frank Peterschröder, Flughafen Dortmund GmbH

Travelling to North Rhine-Westphalia

Central location and dense infrastructure network

Not quite all roads lead to North Rhine-Westphalia – but the region is extremely well connected all the same. This is thanks to its central location at the heart of Europe on the one hand, and to the densest infrastructure network on the continent on the other. Over 400 direct international flights depart from two international airport hubs and a further four airports serving European destinations. From London alone, a flight takes off roughly every hour, landing passengers in Düsseldorf or Cologne an hour or so later.

For those taking the overland route, a dense road and rail network shortens the distance between Britain and North Rhine-Westphalia. Extending for around 2,200 kilometres, the autobahn network provides a direct and fast link between NRW and Europe’s motorway system. North Rhine-Westphalia is equally well placed when it comes to rail connections: with over 6,000 km of tracks, it has the densest railway network in all of Germany. Rail travellers from Britain can make it to Cologne from London in around five hours.

Gate am Flughafen Köln-Bonn, © Oliver Franke/Tourismus NRW e.V.

Arriving by plane

North Rhine-Westphalia has four smaller airports besides the big ones in Düsseldorf and Cologne, that connect the region with all the main cities in Germany as well as major international cities such as London.

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Zug am Fernbahnhof Düsseldorf Flughafen , © Andreas Wiese, Flughafen Düsseldorf

Arriving by train

More than 30 IC, EC and ICE railway stations along with a well-coordinated local public transport network all ensure a comfortable journey. Rail travellers from Britain can make it from London to Cologne in five hours: firstly with the Eurostar to Brussels, and then onwards with the ICE to Cologne.

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Arriving by car, © pixabay.com

Arriving by car

All of the state’s main cities have excellent links to NRW’s autobahns, which extend for a total of 2,200 kilometres

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Your NRW - Visit North Rhine-Westphalia: Germany at its best!

Kettenkarussell auf der Anna Kirmes in Düren, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
Liebesschlösser an der Kölner Hohenzollernbrücke, © Dieter Jacobi / KölnTourismus GmbH
Den Sommer an einem Brunnen in Bonn genießen, © Sondermann
Die Abendsonne am Burgplatz in Düsseldorf genießen, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH