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.
Arrival by coach
Bus stop and parking spaces
The previous bus stop for tourist coaches on Komödienstraße has been moved to the nearby Gereonstraße. Tourist coaches will no longer be permitted to stop on Komödienstraße.
On special occasions, such as during the Cologne Carnival or for the duration of the Cologne Christmas markets, alternative concepts apply.
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.
Address for navigation devices: Gereonstraße 16, 50670 Köln
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.
Informationen about the regular concept „Gereonstraße“ can be found in the following e-paper:
The City of Cologne's traffic calendar provides an overview of the most important construction sites and the current traffic situation in Cologne (in German only).
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)
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 Gereonstraße 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.