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Along the banks of the Rhine, Düsseldorf
 

Practical info Dusseldorf, Germany

Getting around the city

Getting around in Dusseldorf is relatively simple using public transport. The bus, tramway and subway network are interconnected, and tickets are sold at stops or from vending machines. Instructions are usually only in German. It is often worth buying a Day Pass (Tagesticket), which is valid until 3am the following day. Dusseldorf is fairly flat and compact, however, and many visitors choose to walk between attractions in the city centre; those that can't be reached on foot are accessible by taxis, which are easily hailed on the street. Renting a car in Dusseldorf is also a good option but not really necessary unless travelling outside of the city centre.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Electricity

220-230 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash. The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily.

Communication

The international access code for Germany is +49. Telephone numbers in Germany can range from four to nine digits. There are surcharges on international calls made from hotels; it is often cheaper to use public telephone boxes in post offices, which use phone cards. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 112 (Ambulance/Fire)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Dusseldorf International Airport

www.dus.com

Getting to the city

There are plenty of transport options available at the airport, including taxis, limousines, local buses, a Skytrain Shuttle Bus, and the fast and efficient S-Bahn.

Car rental

Car rental companies at the airport include Europcar, Hertz, Budget and Avis, among others.

Airport taxi's

Designated airport taxis are available from Arrivals and Departures. The approximate fare to central Dusseldorf is €24.

Facilities

Airport facilities include ATMs and banks, dental and medical facilities, a pharmacy, laundry services, baby-changing rooms, airport hotels, a petrol station, a tax refund counter, baggage storage facilities, meeting rooms, pastoral services, VIP lounges, conference facilities, and a number of shopping and dining options.

Parking

Short-term parking is available within walking distance of the terminal, while long-term parking is serviced by a free shuttle. Short-term parking is located opposite the terminal and charges about €4 per hour. Long-term parking costs between €24 and €39 per day, depending on the parking lot.

Internet

There is wifi throughout the airport; the first half hour is free and thereafter charges apply. There are multiple internet access points in the terminal building.