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.

Where to Eat in Aachen

Mitte is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Aachen. These include popular favourites such as OZAKI (11 Blondelstraße), Frascati im Bärenhof (1 Templergraben) and Mitoshi Running Sushi (2 Alexianergraben). If you’re looking for affordable options, The ASH - Aachen (3 Gut-Dämme-Str.) and Pippin - die kleine Gastronomie (Hubertusstr. 43) are great picks. For delicious green meals, BURGERHEART AACHEN (Kapuzinergraben 12) and Aposto Aachen (Kapuzinergraben 19) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Aachen.

When to visit Aachen

Aachen in March
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Aachen in March
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Aachen


Although Aachen doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is located 74 km from Aachen.


FlixTrain is the most popular train carrier serving Aachen, followed by Thalys. The train journey from Aachen to Cologne takes 0h 21m and costs around $7 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Hamburg, expect to pay about $27 for a 3h 29m trip. Located 5 km from the city centre, Aachen Eilendorf is the busiest station in Aachen. Another popular train station is Aachen Hauptbahnhof, located 1.1 km from the centre.


Another option to get to Aachen is to pick up a car hire from Frankfurt am Main, which is about 198 km from Aachen. You’ll find branches of Wheego and Ok Mobility, among others, in Frankfurt am Main.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Aachen, including FlixBus, BlaBlaBus and Regiojet. From Eindhoven, the bus ride to Aachen takes 177 km and will cost you around $15. From Frankfurt am Main, the ticket costs about $27 for a journey of 257 km. The most popular bus station is Aachen, located 1.0 km from the city centre of Aachen. Aachen Wilmersdorfer Str. is also a commonly used station, and is 4 km from the city centre.

Airports near Aachen

Airlines serving Aachen

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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 Krone Aachen City - Eurogress, Aachen offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $139 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $228 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include B&B Hotel Aachen-Hbf and a&o Aachen Hauptbahnhof. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Aachen, with prices from $30 to $306 per night. Mitte is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Aachen are about 24% 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
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
INNSiDE By Meliá Aachen
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Novotel Aachen City
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
Leonardo Hotel Aachen
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
a&o Aachen Hauptbahnhof
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
Hotel Krone Aachen City - Eurogress
Okay (5, Okay reviews)

Hiring a car in Aachen

Expect to pay $3.37 per litre in Aachen (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $40.41 and $53.88. The most frequently booked car type in Aachen is Standard (Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Opel Corsa or similar) is, on average, 61% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.