Getting Around in Rhine Ruhr

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The Rhine Ruhr region extends across an enormous urban and rural area more or less from the east of Dortmund, west to Wesel and Duisburg, then south through Düsseldorf to Cologne, Bonn and beyond.

Easy to navigate, many motorways (Autobahnen) and urban dual carriageways stretch like a huge banana enabling motorists to travel well from place to place. Short on and off ramps and heavy traffic especially during rush hours often slow drivers to a crawl or snarl-up. Each urban centre consists typically of a tight crisscross of streets with manageable distances and commercial or office districts on the peripheries.

Public transport including trams and buses can be found virtually everywhere. Clean, efficient taxis with mostly friendly drivers abound.

Getting to and from cities within Rhine Ruhr by rail is fairly easy with modern trains departing regularly from all major central stations such as Bochum, Bonn, Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Essen. Local trains are slower and less efficient.

Major airports are located in Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Cologne/Bonn. Weeze and Münster/Paderborn are more local favourites.

Plane, Flight, Airports in Rhine Ruhr

Rhine Ruhr offers a choice of four airports. Düsseldorf is Germany's third largest offering a choice of long haul as well as short haul flights. Cologne/Bonn serves the south of the region, Dortmund is available to those living in the east. Weeze is a further alternative in the north.


Getting around Rhine Ruhr in a car is as complex as any such densely populated region where traffic is heavy and congested. Fifty kilometres per hour is the urban speed limit unless otherwise posted. In residential areas and near schools, speed is often reduced to 30 kmph.


The motorway (autobahn) infrastructure across the Rhine Ruhr region is extremely dense and use of the complete road system is heavy at many times of the day. The state transport ministry has an excellent system that reveals current traffic jams, to predict the situation ahead of time.


Public Transport

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Public transport in the Rhine Ruhr region is a collection of various systems, which are operated by numerous regional companies and utilities. On the whole, inner-city trams, buses and trains function well, yet other journeys can be lengthy and rather tedious.



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Major rail axes run from Dortmund to Bonn either through Bochum, Essen, Duisburg Mülheim, Düsseldorf and Cologne or via Wuppertal to then speed up and connect with national and international networks. Most trains are run by state owned Deutsche Bahn.



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Taxis in the Rhine Ruhr region beige, normally modern and clean and mostly Mercedes. Most drivers excel in their driving skills and friendliness and love to talk. Many nationalities can be experienced behind the wheel so driving styles vary accordingly.