alsberg From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2280 times:
I'm looking to plan a day trip (not to Amsterdam or Paris) on some day between July 1-5, I preferably want to go by train or discounted airfare. I am in the DUS/CGN area. Anybody have any suggestions of something that would be cheap and enjoyable?
airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4393 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2270 times:
Check airberlin.com and find a suitable flight from DUS or CGN, germanwings.com for flights ex CGN. Also option enought on other European airlines, SAS to Scandinavia can have nice offers, OS to VIE, BA to London, EI to DUB...
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HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2228 times:
With booking less than 2 weeks in advance, deeply discounted tickets will be scarce.
Although I usually not promote them, have a look into FR out of NRN.
Another budget idea would be to stay in Germany and use Deutsche Bahn. They have tickets available for unlimited travel, but excluding ICE and IC-trains.
"Quer durch Land" is a day-ticket for 42 € available for Monday thru Friday; the weekend's version of it is called "Schönes Wochenende" for 39 €.
If you restrict yourself to one of our states, like Northrhine-Westphalia in your case, day tickets get even cheaper.
But Deutsche Bahn also has "normal" discounted tickets available and also promotions for travel to other countries.
For destinations ...:
From Cologne take the slower (= regional) trains along the river Rhine upstream towards Koblenz (currently, national flower exhibition is being held there) and on to Frankfurt. Will make for a scenic trip.
As an A.netter you, of course, can opt to head for the airport in Frankfurt. But if you have no intention to visit FRA nor Frankfurt itself, consider to turn already at some earlier city.
BTW, recommending anything, of course, would be easier for us if we would know about any special interest and no-go's of yours ...
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2197 times:
Just thought I'd mention I think Easyjet have a twice daily flight from London Gatwick to Cologne if you want to fly to London. I think you really need to book in advance a lot to get the cheapest fare but the route never gets too expensive. From Gatwick you can take the Gatwick Express train and be in central London in 30 minutes. Otherwise have you thought about maybe Zurich or Geneva. Both are extremely easy to get to by train from the airport. I find Geneva a bit boring but Zurich is a brilliant city to walk around for a day if you like Germanic-speaking Swiss things. It has lots of old buildings, a beautiful river and lake and an excellent shopping street called Bahnhofstrasse. There's good Starbucks too which is a bonus for me! The train ideas sound excellent too but just thought I'd add two more.
Looking forward to a possible trip report if you feel like writing one!