Airports in Germany

Cologne Bonn

Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN), so-named because it is located between the two beautiful west German cities, is the sixth-largest airport in Germany, and offers good connections to a wide array of attractive European and North African destinations.

Flights to Cologne-Bonn Airport are operated by several low-cost carriers, including Germanwings, TUlfly, easyJet and Wizz Air, so be on the lookout for great deals on flights to exotic destinations such as Cape Verde and Marrakech.

For those looking to travel around Germany, Cologne-Bonn Airport is a wonderful access-point, just 9 miles (15km) from Cologne and 10 miles (16km) from Bonn. Both are celebrated international cities, full of plenty of things to see and do, and the airport is also far less busy than Munich, Berlin or Frankfurt.

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Dresden International Airport (DRS) is located 9km (almost 6 miles) north of Dresden. 

To/from the airport: The S-Bahn station is on the lower ground floor of the airport, linking it with Dresden's two biggest stations. Buses and taxis are available. 

Facilities: ATMs and currency-exchange, VIP lounges and business centres, chaplaincy, children's play areas, Internet access.

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As the largest airport in the North Rhine-Westphalia area, and third largest airport in Germany, Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) is an ideal gateway into the region. It's 4.3 miles (7km) north of downtown Düsseldorf, and serves nearly 19 million passengers per year. The airport is a major hub for both Air Berlin and Lufthansa, which each offer around 300 flights per day. A large area of land located south-west of the terminals is currently being developed as Düsseldorf Airport City, to be completed by 2013. It already houses hotels, businesses and a cinema.

With over 40 restaurants and coffee shops scattered throughout the airport, and even more retail outlets, there's plenty to keep you occupied. Otherwise, you can always see what's happening at Messe Düsseldorf, a trade fairground that hosts more than 40 annual fairs. It’s only 500 meters from Airport City, and will easily keep you entertained for hours.

Although it's a busy airport - over 70 airlines use it on a daily basis - Düsseldorf International offers an  efficient and stress-free transit environment.

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Frankfurt International

Frankfurt International (FRA) is one of the busiest airports in Europe, a continental hub for many major airlines. More than 50 million passengers arrive on flights to Frankfurt Airport each year. The stylish terminals have plenty to keep travelers occupied on long stopovers - restaurants, shops, slots or video games, sightseeing tours and a Visitors' Terrace with views of the runways.

In 2009, the beautiful Shopping Plaza was added to Terminal 2, and construction is underway on a third terminal and fourth runway.

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Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN) It’s equidistant between Frankfurt and Luxembourg - 120km (75 miles). 

To/from the airport: There are rail stations nearby – a bus or taxi ride away. There is a bus stop outside Terminal 2, opposite Exit E9. Taxis are available. 

Facilities: ATMs, banks, currency exchange and public phones, business centre, hair salon, travel agents, a tourist information centre and a children’s play area.

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Franz Josef Strauß

Located 17.7 miles (28.5 km) north-east of the center of Munich, Munich International Airport (MUC) is officially known as Franz Josef Strauss. It is Germany’s second-busiest airport and the seventh-busiest in Europe. In 2010, it handled almost 35 million passengers. In 2011 the airport was awarded the title of “Europe’s Best Airport” (for the sixth time since 2005) and ranked fourth best in the world by air transport research company Skytrax.

The airport comprises two terminals connected by the Munich Airport Center, a large outdoor tent-type area that accommodates most of the facilities, including a vast array of retail, business and recreational establishments. There is also a Visitors Park which features a Visitors Hill from which sightseers may view Terminal 1 and the westerly aircraft apron. Plans to expand Terminal 2, approved in 2010, will see Munich International’s handling capacity increase by 11 million passengers per year.

With a combination of world-class facilities and efficient services, it’s no surprise that Munich International is ranked among the finest in the world. Clean and modern – it even has its own brewery – with friendly and helpful staff, visitors may look forward to experiencing nothing less than the best from Munich International.

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Located 5.3 miles (8.5km) north of the city center, Hamburg Airport – also known as Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel Airport (HAM) – is the fifth-busiest airport in Germany, serving approximately 13 million passengers per year. In total, 60 airlines operate regular flights from Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel Airport to 125 destinations around the world.

With completely modernized terminal buildings, state-of-the-art facilities and a host of excellent retail outlets and places to eat and drink, Hamburg Airport is a pleasure to visit. Always clean and well maintained, with friendly and helpful staff to match, you’ll relish your experience at the airport and look forward to returning to it.

The wonderful thing about Hamburg Airport is that it has features designed purely for passengers’ enjoyment, such as viewing decks and lounges that overlook the pier and the apron. Better yet, transport to and from the airport is highly accessible and efficient.

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Hannover-Langenhagen Airport (HAJ) is located 7 miles (11km) north of Saxony’s capital city Hannover. It is the ninth-largest airport in Germany and one of the few German airports that are open 24 hours per  day.

Having undergone a major expansion of its terminals and facilities in 2008, Hannover Airport is modern, cleverly designed and easy to navigate. Its three terminals are arranged in a semi-circle, thus minimizing walking distances, and flight schedule screens are visible from almost anywhere in each building. Several low-cost airlines fly from Hannover Airport, including TUIfly, which has its offices at the airport.

Hannover Airport is user friendly and easily accessible by road and railway. Staff are friendly and helpful and the amenities are generally clean and well maintained. The airport prides itself on its ability to impress – so much so that there's an open invitation for local residents to go shopping at its plaza every Sunday.

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Leipzig Halle

Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) is located 14km (9 miles) north of Leipzig City and 20km (12 miles) south of Halle. 

To/from the airport: Train journeys are swift - 14 minutes to Leipzig Central Station, 16 minutes to Halle Central Station. Buses are frequent, twice an hour. Taxis can be found outside Terminal B. 

Facilities: ATMs, currency exchange, post office, pharmacy, casino, massage armchairs, chapel, first-aid facilities, Internet access points and Wi-Fi (pay as you go).

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Nuremberg Airport (NUE) The airport is located 5km (3 miles) from the centre of Nuremberg. 

To / from the airport: There's a train station at the airport (U2 subway line links the airport with the city). The No. 32 bus runs to the bus and tram stop at Thon. Taxis are available around the clock. 

Facilities: ATMs and currency exchange, lost-luggage and lost-and-found desks, prayer room, baby-changing facilities, children's play areas.

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