Driving to Cologne

Driving to Cologne

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.


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 19,000 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)


Coach Parking (Free of charge)

Coach drivers may approach at the bus parking lots at Komödienstraße, opposite the Cologne Cathedral, to drop their passengers there. Guided by road signs, the drivers must continue their travel to Cologne’s central coach parking “Buspark Köln”. Located at Köln Riehl, it has a capacity of 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.


Important communication on the bus station Breslauer Platz
Please note that the bus station Breslauer Platz is reserved exclusively for public transport vehicles. Tourist coach drivers may stop at the bus stop at Komödienstraße, opposite the Cologne Cathedral, to pick up or drop off their passengers there. Tourist coaches which stop at the bus station Breslauer Platz could be reported to the police and might face charges. Therefore, please use Komödienstraße to avoid problems with local authorities.

Further Information

Park & Ride Facilities and Public Transport Connections (in German only)


Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs


Coach Service Facilities


Traffic Signs in German (with glossary)

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