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About Aachen

Positioned near the Dutch and Belgian borders in the west of Germany, Aachen is a true hidden gem. Once a Roman spa town, this historic city dates back to the 1st-century and later became a favorite residence of the Frankish king, Charlemagne. A royal experience surely awaits you as well on your visit to Aachen.

The most striking building in this city is undoubtedly Aachen Cathedral. This cathedral is the first place in Europe to receive the prestigious status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in part because it is one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe. The cathedral is also the final resting place of Charlemange, though the exact whereabouts of his remains are unknown.

After a day spent walking around the city, visit the Carolus Thermen, or thermal baths, to soak in the hot mineral spring waters once loved by the Romans. Choose between a range of indoor or outdoor pools, saunas, and spa treatments to enjoy what the Romans called "salus per aquam," or "health by water."

Because of its border location, Aachen is easy to reach from Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Frequent international and national trains run through the train stations, while the international airport is served by many major airlines. Bus lines including FlixBus and Sindbad provide affordable ground travel from many destinations. Some of the more popular routes to Aachen depart from Berlin, Amsterdam, and Brussels.

What train companies travel to Aachen, Germany?

Located in Germany, Aachen is accessible by train from 44 other cities. You can choose from 1201 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Aachen on Wanderu. Deutsche Bahn usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Aachen are also available..

Train companies serving Aachen

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company815h 56m$105.63
Deutsche Bahn792h 59m$57.94
DB Intercity-Express204h 9m$117.62
FlixTrain168h 52m$56.43
National Express71h 51m$35.05
Non-federally owned railway company22h 4m$41.73
DB Intercity11h 21m$30.79
  • Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • The most popular Deutsche Bahn ICE routes travel to Berlin, Cologne, Paris, and Munich. Seating is spacious with a good amount of legroom, and onboard amenities include complimentary WiFi, restrooms, and a restaurant car selling beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and hot meals. Unlike the rest of the Deutsche Bahn network, ticket prices on Deutsche Bahn ICE services are not based on a per-kilometer rate but on specific station-to-station links.

  • Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles.

  • National Express trains operate on Germany's rail network, with services across the country to cities including Cologne, and Bonn, Munster. As a green-certified company, National Express is also one of the most sustainable ways of traveling around the region.

  • Deutsche Bahn IC is the German railway's long-distance train service provider with service across Germany and neighboring countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, and Poland. Onboard amenities include restrooms, power outlets, and a restaurant car where passengers can purchase drinks, snacks, and meals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$8.69 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Aachen, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Aachen. In the last month, trains from Cologne to Aachen had the lowest average price at $8.70.

The busiest train station in Aachen is Eilendorf. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Aachen are:

  • Eilendorf
  • Aachen-Rothe Erde
  • Train Station
Aachen ranks number 210 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 1955 in Germany. Aachen ranks number 9 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Aachen via train service. On average 125 direct daily train trips serve Aachen.
The population of Aachen is 265208. Aachen ranks number 20 in terms of population in North Rhine-Westphalia and number 274 in all of Germany.
Train tickets to Aachen range from $9 for a short trip to Aachen, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Aachen starts at , and a longer trip by train to Aachen can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $11.
The closest train station to the city center of Aachen is Aachen Schanz, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Aachen Schanz as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Aachen. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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