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Hi. We are few friends traveling from Bologna to Iceland and we have stopover in Düsseldorf for ca.5 hours(14-21.30)

1. If we check us in all the way(we fly with air Berlin all the way), can we leave the airport to see Düsseldorf?

2.And when we come back, can we go straight to the security gate or do we do something else?

3.Or do we have to check in one flight first and then the other in Düsseldorf and leave our luggage in a storage?

Thanks,

Helena

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1. Re: Stopover

Well, it depends. Is that one flight, on one ticket (with the same airline)? Then it's almost 100% sure that your bags will be checked through to Iceland anyway. If you want to be sure, you can ask in Bologna, or simply have a look at the luggage tag. Does it say Iceland? Fine. Does it day DUS? Then you'd have to reclaim your bags.

Of course you can leave the airport. You can then either take the S11 to the city center. It starts directly from the terminal building, walk down the ramp next to McDonald's.

However, I would not recommend the S11. Too many men relieve themselves on the platform - you can smell it! Instead, take the Skytrain, which is an automated monorail, to the airport station, and take the S1 or an RE train from there. The ticket for the Skytrain is included in any public transportation ticket.

To get back to the airport, either take the S1, the S11 or an RE train from Hauptbahnhof station. An ICE or IC/EC train would also take you there, and go to the same airport station, but your VRR ticket is not valid on them.

When at Hauptbahnhof, change to the subway for Heinrich-Heine-Allee. You could walk, but it's not a nice walk. Heinrich-Heine-Allee is the city center and a good place to start exploring. ... You could then take the subway from there across the bridge (it's called subway, but much of it is above ground in Düsseldorf) to Luegplatz, to see Oberkassel.

See www.vrr.de for your public transport connections, and to look up your connection back to the airport. I'd be there 90 minutes before your onward flight, and you'll be fine, no rush.

Edited: 02 September 2017, 06:30
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2. Re: Stopover

It really depends if your flight is on the same ticket, that way you do not have to worry about luggage, you just walk outside and enjoy Düsseldorf, check out the Kö for shopping and the old town for drinks and lunch maybe.

If you have a boarding card, you just go thru security on the way back. I hate the new body scanners, but it only takes 10 seconds, so that usually goes rather fast these days. With your time frame mentioned, you have easily a couple of hours to enjoy the city

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3. Re: Stopover

I assume you are on AB (if they are still flying around at that time....). Then:

1. If we check us in all the way(we fly with air Berlin all the way), can we leave the airport to see Düsseldorf?

>>> Yes. They will. And you can leave the airport. Your luggage will be transferred automatically

2.And when we come back, can we go straight to the security gate or do we do something else?

>>> Straight to the gate

3.Or do we have to check in one flight first and then the other in Düsseldorf and leave our luggage in a storage?

>>> Nope

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