Two major international airports – Düsseldorf Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport – as well as other airports with European connections in Dortmund, Münster/Osnabrück, Paderborn/Lippstadt and Weeze/Niederrhein connect the region to all major domestic destinations as well as with international cities. All major European cities can be reached within a flight time of three hours.
Düsseldorf Airport is the third largest passenger airport in Germany, providing connections to over 200 destinations worldwide.
With an air cargo volume of 757,700 tons in 2015, Cologne Bonn Airport is Germany's No. 3 air cargo center – incidentally, every UPS package that enters or leaves Europe passes through Cologne Bonn Airport.
High-speed trains bring travelers in less than an hour to the European air hub at Frankfurt/Main Airport.
The proximity of Maastricht Aachen Airport in the Netherlands is also interesting for the Technology Region Aachen region.
Europe's gateway with an excellent infrastructure
In almost no other region in Europe can companies find better conditions for transport and logistics than in North Rhine-Westphalia. With its excellent infrastructure, NRW is one of the key transport hubs in Europe. Without highly sophisticated logistics it would be impossible to handle the national and international flows of goods. The logistics sector is one of the leading growth industries in North Rhine-Westphalia. With 27,800 companies, employing 314,000 people, it is one of the largest industries in the state. This highly efficient infrastructure makes NRW a popular logistics location.
From six airports all over the world
Dense freeway network
- A network of approx. 2,200 kilometers of freeway connects every important place in NRW directly to the European freeway system with its on and off-ramps.
- Together with 4,500 kilometers of federal highways, 9,800 kilometers of district highways and 13,100 kilometers of state highways the freeway network forms a good infrastructure on the roads in NRW, taking everyone quickly and directly to their destinations.
The densest rail network in Germany
- NRW offers a 6,000-kilometer rail network, the densest in Germany.
- NRW serves as an important hub in the international high-speed rail network: The best examples are the Thalys connections from Cologne to Brussels and Paris and the ICE high-speed line from Cologne via Frankfurt/Main to Basel.
- The new Dutch freight line Betuwe-Route also connects NRW directly to the largest European sea port of Rotterdam.
- The German-Chinese freight train line "Yuxinou" between Duisburg and Chongqing in China is already called the "New Silk Road".
- With Cologne Central Station, NRW has one of Europe's busiest rail hubs with 280,000 passengers and 1,220 trains per day.
- Deutsche Bahn AG as well as numerous regional rail, tram and light rail systems secure the local rail transport infrastructure.
At the intersection of major European waterways
- 226 kilometers of the River Rhine, one of the busiest waterways in the world, flow through NRW and also secure a good infrastructure here.
- In total, approx. 720 kilometers of waterways provides links to the North Sea (Rotterdam), the Baltic, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea via the Rhine or the European canal system.
- NRW is by far the largest inland port location in Germany. Some 120 ports handle nearly 125 million tons of cargo by ship per year. The largest proportion with 69 million tons is accounted for by the world's largest inland port in Duisburg. Including the private commercial ports and transport by rail and truck, more than 129 million tons are handled here each year.
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