When you pick up a car hire from Düsseldorf Airport, the whole of the Rhine-Ruhr area is within an easy driving distance. Düsseldorf Airport mainly serves its namesake Düsseldorf, the capital city of the North Rhine-Westphalia state in Germany, but is also only about 12 miles from other important cities in the region, such as Duisburg and Wuppertal. Düsseldorf Airport ranks third among Germany's airports in terms of size, only behind Frankfurt and Munich. With attractive prices and an impressive fleet, Auto Europe's selection of car rental deals at Düsseldorf Airport is sure to get your holiday off to the best start possible.
Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)
Official Name: Düsseldorf Airport, German: Flughafen Düsseldorf
Address: Flughafenstraße 120, 40474 Düsseldorf
Location: The airport is located in Düsseldorf-Lohausen, 4.3 miles north of Düsseldorf and approximately 12 miles from Essen.
Airlines operating at Düsseldorf Airport: The airport is a hub for Air Berlin and Germanwings, and operates flights by nearly all major airlines, including British Airways.
There are three terminals at Düsseldorf Airport: A, B, and C. In terms of their layout, the terminals are built in essence as concourses branching out fromone central area within the same large terminal building. Terminal A is mainly reserved for Lufthansa and Germanwings flights, as well as their partner airlines. Terminal B operates mostly flights within Germany and the EU by Air Berlin, as well as Oneworld member airlines including British Airways. The smallest of the three, Terminal C operates non-Schengen and long-haul flights.
Arrivals are on the ground floor of the airport, with multiple baggage claim carousels located in the security area after leaving the gate concourse. Departures are on the first floor, with check-in counters, including self-service machines, spread throughout the departures hall. There are also information points located in both the arrivals and the departures area.
Most car rental suppliers' desks are located in the arrivals hall, in the main information area. Make sure to drive to the car hire centre when returning your vehicle. When you drive up the motorway slip, follow the sign for 'Abflug', meaning departures, and subsequently follow the signs pointing to 'Mietwagen' (rental cars). There is a petrol station at the airport between the P5 car park and the car hire centre, in case you need to fill up your tank before returning the car (check your rental's Terms and Conditions for the applicable fuel policy).
|Hertz and Thrifty||Monday-Friday and Sunday 6:30 am to 11:30 pm. Saturday 7:00 am to 11:00 pm|
|Interrent||Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Sunday Closed|
|Avis and Budget||Monday-Friday 6:15 am to 11:30 pm. Saturday-Sunday 6:30 am to 11:00 pm|
|Buchbinder||Monday-Sunday 6:00 am to 11:00 pm|
|Enterprise||Monday-Sunday 6:00 am to 11:00 pm|
|Europcar||Monday-Sunday 6:15 am to 11.30 pm|
|Firefly||Monday-Sunday 6:30 am to 11:00 pm|
|Global Drive||Monday-Sunday 6:00 am to 11:00 pm|
|Sixt||Monday-Sunday 6:15 am to 11:30 pm|
There are plenty of ways to get a hold of some euros, thanks to the facilities at Düsseldorf Airport. Currency exchange services are offered on the first floor in the security area and on the ground floor in the arrivals area, where you will also find a bank. There are also two ATMs on each floor. For Internet access, you can use one of the Internet terminals throughout the airport; there are three on the ground floor and four on the first floor. You can also enjoy the varied fare served at the eight cafes, two bakeries, 13 bistros and bars and seven restaurants on the premises, as well as make purchases at 60 shops. Most of the dining and shopping facilities are located airside, after you have passed through security control in the departures area.
The whole Rhine-Ruhr area is very well connected via numerous motorways, and it is easy to get from one city to the next. To get to central Düsseldorf from the airport, you will want to drive along Danziger Str., which will get you to the centre in only 10-15 minutes. Essen can be reached via the A52 in half an hour, and even Cologne is just under an hour's drive away via the A3. More driving tips for Germany can be found here.
If you are not picking up your car hire from Düsseldorf Airport but from the centre of the city, you can get there easily by train. There are two railway stations at the airport. One of them serves the suburban train network (the S11 line terminates here), and is conveniently situated below the terminal building. The other railway station has services from regional and long-distance trains, and is about 1.5 miles from the airport, but can be easily reached with the SkyTrain, which is a suspended monorail. There are also bus services from the airport to Düsseldorf and various other destinations.
On-street parking is chargeable in Düsseldorf from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm, and on Saturday from 8am to 4pm. There are also 41 car parks in the city, and free parking space in one is easy to find, as 112 electronic signs dotted around the city show you the availability of parking spaces, as well as the directions to the nearest car parks. If you wish the explore the old town area, for example, you can leave your car in the nearby Am Ratinger Tor or Kunsthalle car park. Alternatively, Park and Ride facilities are offered farther from the centre. If you are driving towards Düsseldorf from the airport, there is a P+R station at S-Bahn (suburban train) station Rath, reachable in about 10 mins via Theodorstraße.