There is an InterCity train once an hour from Mainz to Koblenz. Half of these are direct trains from Frankfurt am Main.
These trains take the scenic route through the Rhine Valley, passing by such places as the Loreley, where the legendary Rhine maidens used their lovely singing to lure love-stricken barge captains to their doom, much as the Sirens did in ancient Greek mythology.
Second photo: Burg Katz (the Cat Castle) from the train.
Third photo: The Rhine River from the train.
Fourth photo: A second class coach in the InterCity train on the way to Koblenz.
There are two stations in Koblenz - the busy Hauptbahnhof and the more conveniently located (for the old town) Stadtmitte. The latter however has no facilities apart from a couple of ticket machines – no café, no shops or toilets - and also there are no staff available if you need any assistance. Also, note that not all trains stop here, only local and regional ones (so if your train is marked as IC, EC or ICE it won’t stop here).
I used both stations during my short stay, travelling from the Hauptbahnhof on a day trip to Bingen (a comfortable and scenic ride on the slow Mittelrheinbahn, and from the Stadtmitte when I left. On the latter occasion my regional train to Cologne was running five minutes late which caused me some anxiety as I had a tight connection to make there for my train to Brussels. There were as I said above no staff to ask advice of, and the fellow passenger I spoke to was hardly reassuring, saying that “these trains always run late” (if I understood her German correctly). I need not have worried, however, as the train made up most of the time and in any case that next train too was running late! I even had time for a quick coffee in Cologne.
Ingrid/Trekki’s useful tip about the stations includes a map showing their relative locations.
Next tip: my stay at the Altstadt Hotel
I caught an IC train from Koln. The journey took an hour and passed some nice scenery on the way and indeed Remagen looked worth a stop off on a future visit.
The train was vert smart and comfortable as was the jouney.
When you arrive at Koblenz outside the station is the tourist office and a bus station.
There is a bus service to/from the deutsches Eck.
The wonderfully effecient German railway system (DB), to English eyes anyway, has Koblenz well connected to the rest of Germany.
Lying, as it does, on the Rhine corridor, trains run along both sides of the river in both directions.
Perhaps the most obvious day-trip from Koblenz is to the city of Cologne (Koln). Trains using the right-hand side of the river hugs the riverbank for most of the run, and provides some impressive views. The faster trains tend to use the line on the Left-hand side of Rhine, passing through Bonn.
German trains are clean, safe and efficient and a lot of them are very fast indeed. German railway stations are easy to negotiate, with everything well-signed, electronic signs on platforms and electronic departure boards in station entrance.
You can even buy and print out tickets online in advance (and make some excellent fare savings) on the official German railway website DB, which has an easy-to-use English language version.
There's a railway station nearer to the city centre (Koblenz Stadtmitte) but that's served only by some regional trains. Most trains from elsewhere in Germany arrive at Koblenz Hauptbahnhof, about 25 minutes' easy, flat walk from the Altstadt. There are, of course, buses (the bus station is in front of the railway station) and taxis (waiting to the left as you exit the station) if you don't want to walk.
Koblenz Hauptbahnhof actually dates from 1902 but, inevitably, it was damaged by Second World War bombings and afterwards reconstructed, with various changes and renovations since that time. It's got all you need: toilets, a newsagent, somewhere to buy coffee and a snack, a ticket office and ticket machines with English language options......
So what's not to like? :-)
http://www.bahnhof.de will give you information about facilities etc at almost all German railway stations.
Koblenz has two train stations which can be confusing for first timers.
The main train station is called "Hauptbahnhof", and as the name suggests, is the major station of the town with all facilities travellers need. It is located south of the old town and of the town centre. The other one, north of the main train station is called “Koblenz-Stadtmitte” (town centre) and was established in 2011 as a result of preparation for BUGA, Bundesgartenschau, our federal horticulture show, to make access to the gardens and grounds easier for visitors. But “Stadtmitte” does not have the facilities of a big train station, i.e. no luggage lockers.
For the locations of both stations in relation to the location of the old town: see screenshot of Google Maps (last “photo”).
Koblenz Hautpbahnhof – main train station:
This station has all kinds of facilities of a main train station: ticket counter for information and ticket purchase, lockers (see photo, between 3 and 4 Euro per 72 hours), many shops like bookstore, food shops and coffee shops. The station is fully barrier free with ramps and elevators to the platforms. The platforms where IC/EC/ICE trains stop do have an escalator too.
WLAN is available too, like at the other main train stations. The website of Koblenz’ bahn station does have the access procedure only described in German. It says: activate WLAN in your mobile device, start browser and it will be redirected to the “Hotspot” portal. Enter mobile phone number into Hotspot portal, receive access number via text message, and enter access number and go.
Outside of the train station – to the east – is a large bus station with connections to almost everywhere in Koblenz except the old town (no buses in the old town).
Koblenz Stadtmitte – town centre:
This is the station next to the town centre and close by the old town. It is smaller, has no lockers. It is barrier free, elevators available.
IC/EC/ICE trains do not stop here! On the three platforms only local and regional trains stop here. To the east (main exit) is a large shopping mall, called “Löhr Center”, and in front of this is another large bus station with stops for almost every bus line.
Which station to arrive at or depart from:
This depends on where you come from and where your hotel is located, or what your plan is during your time in Koblenz.
* if you arrive with local or regional trains (= no IC/EC/ICE) and your hotel is located in the old town centre: use “Stadtmitte”,
* if you arrive with IC/EC/ICE and your hotel is located in the old town centre: then you better use the main train station,
* if you want to use the train southward to Bingen, Bacherach, Boppard, St. Goar and then want to do a boat tour on KD Line, then use the main train station. You could also use “Stadtmitte”, but the trains southward do stop at Koblenz’ main train station for several minutes anyhow.
For a better understanding, here panorama photos of the two train stations in Wikipedia:
Panorama photo of Koblenz Hauptbahnhof – main train station
Panorama photo of Koblenz „Stadtmitte“,
Map of Koblenz main train station
Location of Koblenz main train station (1) and Koblenz Stadtmitte train station (2) on Bing Maps,
And, since Bing Maps has a strange white layer on top of the Löhr Shopping Centre, here for better viewing:
Location of Koblenz Stadtmitte train station on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., May 2015 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
Those who wish to do a KD boat trip on Rhine River will very likely take the train to one of the upstream towns. In my opinion the best start for a boat tour is Bingen.
You can buy the tickets for the boat tour at any KD Boat Pier, but I can highly recommend that you go to the ticket counter in Koblenz and talk to Martina Billig, who runs this counter. She is a very warm-hearted person and will help you to find out the best boat option for you, including telling you which discounts you will receive. The ones who take the train to an entry station such as Bingen, will receive a 20% discount because of the train tickets. Additional 10% discount will be given for seniors, age 60 and older (younger at heart). I was surprised to hear that also holders of an ADAC membership (equivalent to AAA and other motor clubs) will also receive a 20% discount. Martina Billig is also of help when it comes to the best parking options. I talked to her in context to our VT meeting and the boat tour and was amazed how much we will save based on her very competent advice. She will also sell the tickets with 20% discount even if one did not have bought the train ticket yet!
Ok, so you have the boat ticket. Next thing is to look for train options to your desired destination on the left bank of Rhine River. Mittelrheinbahn, a private train operator, operates the yellow-grey looking trains from Cologne down to Mainz. The trains are called “MRB” on Bahn website. They stop at every town or part of town along the route, which makes it a total travel time of approx. 1 hour between Koblenz and Bingen. The regional train “Regiobahn” has lesser stops and the travel time is approx. 42 minutes between Koblenz and Bingen.
However – and this is very important for those who wish to enter the boat in Bingen – only Mittelrheinbahn stops at the train station nearby KD pier in Bingen, the “Bingen Stadtmitte”. Regiobahn does stop only at Bingen Hauptbahnhof (main train station), which is west of Bingen-Stadtmitte and from where it takes approximately 20 minutes minimum to walk to the Bingen KD boat pier.
For those who are travelling together the purchase of a Rhineland-Palainate Ticket might make sense, from two people onwards. This ticket gives 20% discount on KD boat tickets and is also valid for Koblenz bus network.
Excellent news for the never-ending story of Bahn strikes due to the labour union GDL’s farcical actions: Mittelrheinbahn is independent from Bahn hence they do operate also in times of strikes called by the GDL labour union. Hence my heart with thank you to the operators of Mittelrheinbahn.
Regiobahn however does not run during strikes, hence no heart there.
© Ingrid D., May 2015 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
Koblenz is between Frankfurt and Cologne. So the best way is by plane and then by train.
You can go by train or bus from Koblenz to nearly everywhere. Citis like Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Trier, Cologne etc. are not far away form Koblenz. Infos to trains unter http://www.bahn.de
Map is from http://www.loreleytal.com
We took the train from Interlaken to Bacharach (via Basel and Freiburg). It took us around 6 hours to get there (but we stopped in Basel over night too).
From Bacharach we took the train to Hoorn (Holland) which took about 7 hours.
I took this train from Oberwesel to Mainz.
The photo shows the 2nd class on the upper decker. It was around 16:00, not rush hour yet, also Oberwesel is a small town, any train stop at Oberwesel is NOT an express train.
More details later
We decided to take the train back to Rudesheim, so that we could have a view of our trip both from the boat as well as from the train. It worked out very well as each one gives you a different view.