Aachen travel guide

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You're Going to Love Aachen

With a population of 265,208, Aachen is a must-see destination in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Aachen deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Aachen

Mitte is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Aachen. These include popular favourites such as Pippin - die kleine Gastronomie (Hubertusstr. 43), Lammerskötter (Kapellenstraße 2) and Aposto Aachen (Kapuzinergraben 19). If you’re looking for affordable options, BURGERHEART AACHEN (Kapuzinergraben 12) and UPTOWN SKY LOUNGE & RESTAURANT im Innside Aachen (Sandkaulstraße 20) are great picks.

When to visit Aachen

Aachen in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 121
1 night at 3-star hotel
Aachen in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 121
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Aachen

Plane

Although Aachen doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is located 46 miles from Aachen.

Train

Deutsche Bahn is the most popular train carrier serving Aachen, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Aachen to Hamburg takes 3h 10m and costs around C$ 31 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Stuttgart, expect to pay about C$ 31 for a 3h 15m trip. Located 3 miles from the city centre, Aachen Eilendorf is the busiest station in Aachen. Another popular train station is Aachen Hauptbahnhof, located 0.7 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Aachen is to pick up a car rental from Frankfurt am Main, which is about 123 miles from Aachen. You’ll find branches of Ok Mobility and keddy by Europcar, among others, in Frankfurt am Main.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Aachen, including FlixBus, Regiojet and STUDENT AGENCY. From Frankfurt am Main, the bus ride to Aachen takes 135 miles and will cost you around C$ 44. From Amsterdam, the ticket costs about C$ 63 for a journey of 165 miles. The most popular bus station is Aachen Wilmersdorfer Str., located 2 miles from downtown Aachen. Aachen Lichtenbusch Süd is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city centre.

Plane

Although Aachen doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is located 46 miles from Aachen.

Train

Deutsche Bahn is the most popular train carrier serving Aachen, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Aachen to Hamburg takes 3h 10m and costs around C$ 31 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Stuttgart, expect to pay about C$ 31 for a 3h 15m trip. Located 3 miles from the city centre, Aachen Eilendorf is the busiest station in Aachen. Another popular train station is Aachen Hauptbahnhof, located 0.7 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Aachen is to pick up a car rental from Frankfurt am Main, which is about 123 miles from Aachen. You’ll find branches of Ok Mobility and keddy by Europcar, among others, in Frankfurt am Main.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Aachen, including FlixBus, Regiojet and STUDENT AGENCY. From Frankfurt am Main, the bus ride to Aachen takes 135 miles and will cost you around C$ 44. From Amsterdam, the ticket costs about C$ 63 for a journey of 165 miles. The most popular bus station is Aachen Wilmersdorfer Str., located 2 miles from downtown Aachen. Aachen Lichtenbusch Süd is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Aachen

Airlines serving Aachen

Lufthansa
Good (4,683 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (945 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,746 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,180 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,445 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (471 reviews)
Air France
Good (978 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,599 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,102 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,941 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,361 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,214 reviews)
LOT
Good (663 reviews)
Finnair
Good (771 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (784 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,178 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (928 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (846 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (775 reviews)
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Where to stay in Aachen

From 5-star hotels such as the Parkhotel Quellenhof Aachen to great affordable options like the Hotel 3 Könige, Aachen offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around C$ 123 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 232 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include B&b Hotel Aachen City-Ost and B&B Hotel Aachen-Hbf. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Aachen, with prices from C$ 31 to C$ 189 per night. Mitte is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Aachen are about 33% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Aachen

Most booked hotels in Aachen

Art Hotel Superior
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 128+
Parkhotel Quellenhof Aachen
5 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 170+
Novotel Aachen City
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 134+
Leonardo Hotel Aachen
4 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 132+
Mercure Hotel Aachen am Dom
3 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 119+
a&o Aachen Hauptbahnhof
2 stars
Good (7.1, Good reviews)
C$ 31+

Renting a car in Aachen

Renting a car in Aachen costs C$ 126 per day, on average, or C$ 251 if you want to rent it for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 41% more expensive than at Duesseldorf Intl.

Expect to pay C$ 2.63 per litre in Aachen (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 31.52 and C$ 42.02. Standard (Class Commercial Truck or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Aachen, while also 78% cheaper than other types, on average.

Renting a car in Aachen costs C$ 126 per day, on average, or C$ 251 if you want to rent it for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 41% more expensive than at Duesseldorf Intl.

Expect to pay C$ 2.63 per litre in Aachen (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 31.52 and C$ 42.02. Standard (Class Commercial Truck or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Aachen, while also 78% cheaper than other types, on average.