Tickets for the regional trains must be purchased at ticket machines at the platforms (or in the station). There is no option to buy a ticket aboard the trains. Tickets for the tram and buses can be bought also in the trams and buses, but only with coins (no credit card).
From Köln/Bonn Airport into the City
If you arrive at Köln/Bonn airport, please take the RE8 or the S13 in the direction ‘Köln Hbf/Hauptbahnhof’. Alternative destinations that may be displayed at those trains but lie beyond Cologne Central Station are ‘Köln Ehrenfeld’ or ‘Mönchengladbach/M’gladbach’. Don’t board a train in the direction ‘Bonn’ if you arrive at Köln/Bonn airport.
The ticket you need to get from the airport to the city is price range 1b (2,80 EUR). From there you can take the tram. Alternatively you can buy a ticket from DB (Deutsche Bahn) to get from the airport to the main station.
From Düsseldorf Airport into the City
If you arrive at Düsseldorf airport please take the RE1, RE5, or the S11 in the direction ‘Köln Hbf/Hauptbahnhof’. Alternative destinations that may be displayed at those trains but lie beyond Cologne Central Station are ‘Aachen’ (RE1), ‘Bonn’ or ‘Koblenz’ (RE5), and ‘Bergisch Gladbach’ (S11). Please note that there are two ways to get on a train at Düsseldorf airport. The S11 serves the airport terminal directly (station ‘Düsseldorf Flughafen Terminal’), while the RE1 and RE5 serve a station (‘Düsseldorf Flughafen’) that is connected to the airport a suspension railway train (the ‘SkyTrain’). It will usually be faster to take the ‘SkyTrain’ and the regional trains RE1 and RE5 than the S11.
To check the timetables you may use the link above.
From Cologne Main station into the City
The main station is directly located in the city of Cologne. To go further you may use the tram, a cab, or just walk. With the ticket you bought at the airport you can also take all trams in the city (until 2 hours after buying it).
From the City to the Conference
The conference takes place in the university building no. 106, the “New Seminar Building” (Neues Seminargebäude; encircled in red)
To get there take the tram no. 9 in the direction of “Sülz” and get off at the station “Universität”. To check the route map and the timetables you may use the links above.
From the main station to the hotel (“Motel One“)
Step 1: From the main station to the subway stop “Poststr.” At the main station, follow the signs to the subway stations “Dom/Hbf” (the signs for the subway in Cologne are blue with a white capital U on them). Take the line 18 in the directions “Brühl”, “Bonn”, or “Klettenberg” OR the line 16 in the directions “Sürth” or “Bonn/Bad Godesberg”. Take line 16 or 18 to the stop “Poststraße”.
Step 2: from the subway stop “Poststr.” to the hotel (Motel One): Point A (on the map below) marks the subway stop “Poststraße”. From there, please follow Poststraße (Poststr.) south until you reach the small street “Alte Mauer am Bach”, where you turn left until you reach “Bachemstr.”. Turn right into “Bachemstraße”. After a few meters, you will reach the big street “Blaubach”; turn left and walk until you reach the big intersection of Blaubach/Tel-AvivStr.. From this position you will already see Motel One on the other side of the intersection (point B on the map below).