Travel tips for European Xojo Conference

  1. 6 months ago

    Christian S

    19 Aug 2019 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro, XDC Speakers, Third Party Store Germany

    The conference hotel is located next to the main station in cologne and just a short walk away (100 meter).

    See Hotel website on how to get there

    Flights

    To avoid a second immigration procedure, please consider to fly from your country directly to an EU country, do the immigration there and continue to Cologne within the EU.

    Airport Cologne CGN
    Local airport in Cologne/Bonn metropolitan area.

    By train to Cologne main station in about 15 minutes by local S and RE trains. Tarif starts at 2.90 € for single trip. Day ticket is 8.60 € in case you want to do more on the same day.

    International direct connections to over 30 countries.

    Cologne Bonn Airport

    Airport Düsseldorf DUS
    Biggest airport in North Rhine-Westphalia state and hub for Eurowings airline.

    By train to Cologne main station in about 40 minutes by local RE trains for 11.50 €.

    International direct connections to over 50 countries including direct flights to Atlanta (USA), Abu Dhabi (VAE), Tokyo (Japan) and New York (USA).

    Düsseldorf Airport

    Airport Frankfurt/Main FRA
    Germany's biggest airport with best connections usually.

    By train to Cologne main station in about 50 minutes with high speed ICE sprinter for 73 Euro per trip and person in coach. Pre booked months before for just 29 Euro. Other way is though the Rhine valley which can take up to 2 hours, cost 19 to 49 Euro and you may spot some castles on the way.

    It may be much cheaper to fly to Frankfurt and take the train to Cologne. Flights from Austin to Frankfurt are about $750 USD booked early.

    Frankfurt/Main Airport

    Airport Frankfurt/Hahn HHN
    A small airport sharing the name with Frankfurt, but 100 km away.

    If you get a cheap flight with Ryanair, this may be a way to go. But you need to book a bus trip from the airport to Koblenz, switch to the train and come to Cologne.

    It may be much cheaper to fly to Frankfurt and take the train to Cologne. Flights from Austin to Frankfurt are about $750 USD booked early.

    Frankfurt/Hahn Airport

    Trains

    The main station in Cologne has direct connections to a lot of places.

    International direct connections to Amsterdam, Basel SBB, Bruxelles Midi, Luxembourg, Paris Nord.

    From the main station you can enjoy a walk along the main shopping street to the hotel. Just pass the cathedral towers and walk south though Hohe Straße. After about one kilometer, you hit a bigger street named Pipinstraße where the hotel is. If you hit Heumarkt subway station, Augustinerstraße or Deutzer Brücke, please turn right and walk until the street is named Pipinstraße.

    Special Train Offers

    For our non European visitors (e.g. USA or Canada), we highly recommend to check the special offers from Bahn.de for you. For example within 30 days you can use a 3 day pass for just 188 Euro. You can start in Frankfurt/Main (most direct flights from there), take a direct train to cologne, stay there for the conference, take another train to Hamburg, enjoy a few days there and take a final train back to the airport in Frankfurt. Of course you can stay in Frankfurt another night and enjoy visiting German's financial capital.

    German Rail Pass, Eurail Pass, Interrail

  2. Christian S

    19 Aug 2019 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro, XDC Speakers, Third Party Store Germany
    Edited 6 months ago

    From airport Cologne, Frankfurt or Düsseldorf, you can either take train to main station (Köln Hbf) and switch to tram/subway 5 to go to the Heumarkt (hay market) and leave station there towards Pippin street where our hotel is.

    There is a lift at the edge Gürzenich / Kleine Sandkaul to get from the subway up to the front door of the hotel.

    https://www.kvb.koeln/haltestellen/download/lageplan/HGM_Lplan_Heumarkt.pdf

    Or take a train to station on other side of the Rhine: Deutz station. From there, the tram 9 and 1 take you over the bridge to Heumarkt station (above earth).

  3. Christian S

    19 Aug 2019 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro, XDC Speakers, Third Party Store Germany

    Here the plan of stations:

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    As you see arriving with subway line 5 you should just leave on the side where the train came from and go up towards Kleine Sandkaul street.

    Arriving with tram 9 or 1 you can just walk along the Augustinerstr. on right side to the hotel. Or go underground though the tunnels and walk up to Kleine Sandkaul street again. Or take the lift there.

  4. Geoff P

    19 Aug 2019 Xojo Inc Austin, Texas

    @ChristianSchmitz It may be much cheaper to fly to Frankfurt and take the train to Cologne. Flights from Austin to Frankfurt are about $750 USD booked early.

    That would have been more useful to know several months ago. :)

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