Germans drive on the right side of the road. Drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts. Compulsory for children are special car seats and appropriate restraints. It is prohibited to use a hand-held mobile phone or similar device when driving.
Driving to Cologne
Motorways to Cologne
A network of ten star-shaped motorway axes from all directions leads into a motorway ring that encircles the city – A 1, A 3, A 4, A 57, A 59, A 555, A 559. In addition, Cologne is connected to several major “Bundesstraße” B roads.
We recommend using one of the over 150 Park and Ride facilities with more than 20,000 parking lots all over the town to avoid getting into traffic jams.
Cologne Low Emission Zone
Only vehicles bearing a green environmental sticker (Emission Group 4) can enter the Cologne Low Emission Zone. The driving ban applies not only to automobiles lacking a sticker but also to vehicles bearing only a red or yellow environmental sticker. Under certain conditions, the City of Cologne can, upon request, make exceptions for vehicles lacking stickers or bearing only red ones. In addition, cars and trucks bearing yellow stickers can continue to enter the Low Emission Zone if the vehicles in question were registered in the name of their current owners before 1 January 2008 and they demonstrably cannot be retrofitted to make them eligible for the green environmental sticker. Additional requirements do not have to be met, and no special exceptions have to be granted.
Alternatively, you can park your car at one of the P+R parking lots in Cologne and comfortably travel downtown on a bus, train or tram.
Further information: www.stadt-koeln.de (only in German)
Bus stop and parking for coaches
New bus stop for coaches as of 2nd January 2020!
As from 2nd January 2020 the current bus stop for tourist coaches on Komödienstraße will be moved to the nearby Gereonstraße. From then on, tourist coaches will no longer be permitted to stop on Komödienstraße.
Passengers can be dropped off and picked up at the agreed time again on Gereonstraße. Coaches are allowed to stop there for a maximum of 15 minutes each time.
For parking (free of charge), coach drivers must continue their travel to Cologne’s central coach parking place “Buspark Köln” on the Kuhweg road next to the Mülheimer Bridge. It is located in the district Cologne Riehl and has a capacity of around 80 parking spaces. From the opposite tram station “Slabystraße”, Central Cologne is within easy reach. The journey to Cologne’s central rail station, tram station Köln Hbf., takes about 10 minutes.
Please find all relevant information in the following E-papers:
On special occasions, such as the Cologne Carnival, the Marathon „RheinEnergieMarathon Köln“ or the Christmas markets, there will be deviations from the described concept which we will be publishing here on our website. Please inform yourself accordingly in time.
Information for bus drivers in the Advent season can be found here: Advent season 2019
At any time you can find an overview about important construction sites and the current traffic situation in Cologne at the “traffic calendar” of the city of Cologne (in German only): Verkehrskalender der Stadt Köln
Please note that the bus stop places at Breslauer Platz are reserved exclusively for public transport vehicles. Tourist coach drivers may stop at the bus stop at Komödienstraße until 31st December 2019 or at the bus stop at Gereonstraße as of 2nd January 2020 respectively to pick up or drop off their passengers there. Tourist coaches which stop at Breslauer Platz could be reported to the police and might face charges.