Although International Airport is the third largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich, it is one of the world’s most accessible; it is a mere 10 kilometres from downtown Düsseldorf and located directly next to the Motorway from Essen.
In fact, most of the Ruhr region is a motorway journey away with Duisburg or Essen perhaps a 30 minute drive depending on the time of day, Bochum and Dortmund are respectively somewhat longer.
The Sky Train, a fully automated suspended rail system takes passengers from the terminal to the airport station on the mainline rail network. From there, local trains travel to the city and other regional destinations. High-speed ICE trains are also available to whisk passengers on their onward journey to the cities of the Ruhr region and beyond.
Taxis queue patiently outside the lower level of the terminal at all hours. The fast ride to the city centre or the exhibition grounds is fairly inexpensive, with the the cities of the Ruhr taking longer.
Several bus routes operated by the local public transport company also offer a service on clean, efficient buses for the journey into town and few other destinations.
Rental car operators are located on the ground level of the terminal towards the left; the Germanic system of small orientation icons is placed under the ceiling. The infamous highway system is directly accessible from the airport complex and the journey to the city is easy.
The nearest alternative airports are Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Münster/Paderborn and Weeze, all about an hour away. They are relatively easy to get to and from but journey times can vary greatly in this densely populated and highly motorised region.