Traveling through Bonn and its Environs

Mobility in Bonn

Some 38,000 students, 6,500 university personnel and ca. 5,500 members of staff at the University Hospital Bonn need to travel to and from their place of work and study almost every day of the week. Mobility is an important issue for a large number of people! The University of Bonn is integrated in an extensive regional transport network.

Traveling through Bonn and its environs

Bonn Central Train Station is part of the national, regional and local railway network; the long-distance train station Siegburg/Bonn is only a short streetcar ride away from the city. Cologne/Bonn Airport is connected to the city by express bus or a short train ride.  Bonn is blessed with an extensive public transport network, and is supplemented by a range of new e-mobility concepts: a new e-roller can be found on almost every street corner.

Travelers in Bonn are probably best advised to leave their car at home, as although there are plenty of parking spaces available, their use comes at a price. An underground car park is located underneath the Hofgarten close to the University main building. The use of all the parking spaces on the various campuses of the University of Bonn is subject to a fee.

Bonn is best traversed by bicycle; cyclists can take advantage of an extensive and growing network of cycle paths connecting the various University campuses. Visitors can choose between a number of cycle hire schemes. 

Please be careful: new arrivals in Bonn have often suffered an accident after their bicycle wheel became stuck in a streetcar rail. Once caught, cyclists usually suffer a painful fall. Remember to wear a bicycle helmet, and cycle carefully, especially when you see streetcar tracks.

A man rides a bike on campus
© Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn
It shows a season ticket for students
© Gregor Hübl/Uni Bonn

Season Tickets for Students and Members of Staff

Employees of the University of Bonn can purchase an annual season ticket (Job ticket) which entitles them to unrestricted use of the public transport network within the Rhein-Sieg area.
Students are even more mobile: their student ID entitles them to free travel on the complete public transport system in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. This “semester ticket” or “Studiticket” was secured by the General Students' Committee or AStA, which is also the source for further information about it. 

University Parking

As part of its agreement with the City authorities to extend its Poppelsdorf Campus, the University of Bonn moved to introduce comprehensive charges at all its car parking facilities as part of its overarching mobility concept, and its drive to  reduce the volume of motorized individual traffic on University grounds.
The University has provided a total of 3,000 car parking spaces on its grounds.  Visitors to the university can purchase a parking ticket from ticket machines; members of the University can purchase day passes or long-term passes. This system of pay and display is subject to close surveillance.

Shows a part of the underground car park at the main building
© Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

Working Together to Reduce Traffic 

The University of Bonn has joined forces with a consortium of 200 employers including Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Post DHL Group and the University Hospital Bonn, in the “JOBWÄRTS” scheme, in an attempt to reduce traffic in the Greater Bonn Area, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. The scheme seeks to encourage the use of alternatives to single-person car transport.

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