Aachen is awesome, but you might want to use the great location to travel around. We want to summarize some of the questions that many students, year after year, face.
As you will get a Semester Ticket when you study in Aachen, almost all public transport in NRW is free. Please note that you cannot use IC, ICE and Thalys trains, nor private busses. You can check connections for example on www.bahn.de.
Cities/ Places you can get to are for example: Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Airport, Düsseldorf Weeze Airport, Cologne, Cologne Airport, Dortmund, Dortmund Airport, Monschau and many more cities.
If you want to travel to Belgium, that’s gonna be quite easy and cheap. You can find timetables and tickets for your travels on www.belgianrail.be. If you are under 26, you can buy a “Go Pass 1 Aachen”, which will cost you €8,00 one-way (no matter where you go)
Find your connection, click “Buy Ticket” and select “Tickets Aachen” – “Go Pass 1 From/To Aachen”. You can buy the ticket online and print it.
If you are over 26, you will have to use a Rail pass. This is €7.60 one-way (whole Belgium) but not valid from Aachen, so you will have to buy a separate ticket to go to Belgium. You have to buy this as 10 tickets in Belgium. But don’t worry, if you ask in the Facebook Group, the chance is high that someone will sell you his Rail Pass.
Buy a train ticket to “Charleroi Sud” (see above). From there you can take a bus for 5€ one-way to the airport. Please note that you cannot catch early flights, and for late arrivals, you might not be able to arrive back to Aachen.
Maastricht (The Netherlands)
There is a (Veolia) bus going to Maastricht from the Hauptbahnhof in Aachen (line 50). The price of a retour Aachen – Maastricht ticket is €8.50,- and you can buy the tickets in the bus.
Maastricht is the capital of the province Limburg and is with its 120.000 citizens the biggest city of the province. Maastricht is located at the river Maas and has lots of classical architecture, in combination with a wide arrangement of fashion stores, cafés, pubs and restaurants. Furthermore, Maastricht is one of the biggest student cities of The Netherlands, which attracts lots of international students from all over Europe. Plus, you can always visit our friends from AEGEE-Maastricht!
Vaals (The Netherlands)
Have you ever been to a place where three countries meet, here’s your chance! You can catch the bus line 25/33 from the Aachener Bushof and see it yourself, it’s free with your Semesterticket. It’s called the Tripoint.