Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour And Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

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Explore the historical city of Cologne at your leisure with this hop-on hop-off bus tour and Rhine River sightseeing cruise. With a ticket valid for 48 hours, see top Cologne attractions such as Cologne Cathedral (Klner Dom), the City Hall and the Old Town (Altstadt), and hop on and off the open-top bus at any of the 16 stops to create your own personalized sightseeing itinerary. Complement your bus tour with a 1-hour Rhine River cruise to witness the medieval citys intricate skyline and stunning Rheinauhafen district from the water.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Fully narrated tour

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With roots dating back to Roman times, Cologne is packed with buildings and monuments that testify to its ancient and medieval past. Add great museums, an impressive postmodern quarter and top-notch shopping and nightlife scenes, and Germanys fourth-largest city has plenty for sightseers.

Armed with your 24-hour ticket (valid from time of first use), board an open-top, double-decker bus to experience Colognes top attractions. Your ticket lets you create your own, personalized itinerary and explore at your own pace simply hop on and off at any of the 16 stops as you wish. See the Itinerary for a full list of stops.

Alternatively, stay aboard for the entire 1.5-hour loop and watch Colognes top landmarks roll by. Learn about the sights from your English- and German-speaking guide or wear your headphones to hear the audio commentary.

Admire top Cologne attractions such as the world-famous Cologne Cathedral (Klner Dom) with its towering twin spires, or perhaps leave the bus to stroll through the picturesque Old Town (Altstadt). Alternatively, hop off at the avant-garde Rheinauhafen quarter and visit the fascinating Chocolate Museum (Schokoladen Museum).

Your hop-on, hop-off ticket includes a 1-hour round-trip cruise on the Rhine River. Board your comfortable sightseeing boat and see Cologne from the water as you drift along the legendary river.

Admire the soaring cathedral, snap photos of the gabled riverfront houses, and pass the Rheinaufen waterfront, famed for its crane towers three blocks shaped like hoisting cranes as the informative onboard commentary brings the landmarks to life.

The hop-on hop-off buses depart every hour daily from morning to evening, while the sightseeing cruises depart every 90 minutes daily, from morning to evening.

Inclusions for Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour And Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

  • 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket
  • German- and English-speaking guide on hop-on hop-off bus
  • Onboard bus audio commentary in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Chinese and Japanese
  • Onboard boat audio commentary in English and German

Exclusions for Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour And Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Child tickets (ages 3-14) are available at departure point on the day of travel

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • The bus tour was OK...finding the stops can be a little confusing. They are not the regular bus stops but the representative didn't give much instruction on what to look for. The buses only come every 30 minutes, so we waited quite a bit. One one bus, the commentary was only in German and my headset didn't work, but another bus had a much better guide who spoke German and English.

    Once on the bus, it takes you to most major landmarks and attractions you would want to visit.

    The river cruise made up for the shortcomings of the bus tour. We enjoyed it very much and also had commentary. Overall, I would recommend this experience.

  • A must do tour when you are in Cologne.

  • If you do not get on at stop one you do not hear you are to tell the driver what stop you want to get off. Not that that matters if you only speak English! If you expect to be right near the sites when you get off a stop, sorry only three stops are near the attractions. At one stop I had to walk 20 minutes.

  • Good way to see the City. Too bad the head phones were working well.

  • We missed our free Viking port tour so this tour was the only introduction to Cologne we had. We really enjoyed the boat tour...we were 3 minutes late trying to find the pier so they held the boat for us - thank you. The tour about the city was excellent. We saw the main sights, and we enjoyed the comentary.

  • It was okay. Hop on Hop off bus was okay. It's very hard to hear since the loud speaker was talking in German very loud and headphone was not very helpful. Boat ride was okay. Confortable, no announcement, just sightseeing. Only thing I found in Cologne interesting was Cathedral. Not much to see in Cologne.

  • We arrived at the office to pick up our tickets only to find that the buses were not running. So we lost the most bey for the Hop on bus. You didn't give any indication on your site that the buses didn't run on Sundays. We're disappointed in the cruise which was very boring and we felt pressured to buy things in the dining room setting. Overall very disappointing

  • The cruise was lovely, well done and the narration was excellent - in English and in German. I was interested to see so many German tourists as well as people from all parts of the world taking this cruise. The hop-On Hop-Off bus tour - the first bus was excellent and the gal that did the narrating was excellent as well as the bus driver, The last bus driver - did not speak English, had a taped narration and was a bit crude since he did not know English. Plus he was late getting there.

  • A very pretty town - must remember to let the driver know that you want to get off - does not stop unless requested.

  • This was our highlight of our Hop-On-Hop-Off and our stay in Cologne. This river ride is highly recommended and no visitor to Cologne should give this a miss.

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