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Here, you can find basic information on how to get to Aachen. Possible airports include: Brussels Charleroi, Brussels, Düsseldorf International, Düsseldorf Weeze, Köln/Bonn, Maastricht-Aachen and Eindhoven.

You can find connections for Germany on bahn.de, Belgium on belgianrail.be and Netherlands on 9292.nl

Airport: Brussels Charleroi

One of the most popular airports to reach Aachen, since many flights with Ryanair are available.

Take a bus to train station Charleroi Sud (5€), then a train via Liege Guillemins and Welkenraedt to Aachen Hauptbahnhof. 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. Or you just check the connection and buy a regular ticket.

See also the comprehensive guide written by Kostas Tsoleridis, and “How to buy a ticket on BelgianRail by Kostas Tsoleridis

Be aware that if you land after 18:30, or you want to leave before 10:00, there might be no connection! Also, hurry to the bus and hurry to the train. They only go once a while and you don’t want to miss them by a minute.

Price: €13,00 (if under 26)

Time: Approx. 4-5 hours

Airport: Brussels

Not many flights go there, but occasionally someone lands there.

The connection is directly by train, with usual changes in Brussels North and Welkenraedt. Further information as above, for Brussels Charleroi.

Price: €8,00 (if under 26)

Time: Approx. 3 hours.

Airport: Düsseldorf

Flights with Germanwings or higher-level airlines go here.

Take the sky train from the Terminal to the train station, from there, take a train to Aachen Hauptbahnhof. You can check the connections on www.bahn.de. If you buy the tickets some time in advance, they are cheaper. If you don’t use the ICE trains, it takes a bit longer, but is cheaper.

Price: Between €19 and €29

Time: Approx. 1:45

Airport: Köln-Bonn

Ryanair flies here from some destinations, but also Germanwings. Highly recommended because of very good connections by train.

The train station is directly at the airport. Take a train to Aachen Hauptbahnhof (possible change at Köln Hauptbahnhof). You can check the connections on www.bahn.de. If you buy the tickets some time in advance, they are cheaper. If you don’t use the ICE trains, it takes a bit longer, but is cheaper.

Price: Between €19 and €24

Time: Approx. 1:30

Airport: Dortmund

Ryanair flies here.

Take the airport shuttle (3€, or walk) to Holzwickede, then take a train to Aachen Hauptbahnhof. You can check the connections on www.bahn.de. If you buy the tickets some time in advance, they are cheaper. If you don’t use the ICE trains, it takes a bit longer, but is cheaper.

Price: Between €22 and €37

Time: Approx. 2:45

Airport: Düsseldorf Weeze

Ryanair flies here. Has quite cheap connections, but be aware that this Airport is not in Düsseldorf at all!

Take the bus to Weeze or Kevelaer (check the travel advice), then take a train to Aachen Hauptbahnhof. You can check the connections on www.bahn.de. If you buy the tickets some time in advance, they are cheaper. If you don’t use the ICE trains, it takes a bit longer, but is cheaper.

Price: Around €28

Time: Approx. 3:00

Airport: Maastricht-Aachen

Easyjet and Wizzair fly here, sometimes. Not very often.

Take a bus to Maastricht Station, then take bus number 50 to Aachen Hauptbahnhof. You can check your connection on www.9292.nl, from “Bushalte M-A-Airport, Moorveld” to “Station Aachen Hbf”

Price: Around €8,50

Time: Approx. 1:30