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Getting Around


Bicycle counter on promenade

Riding a bike in Düsseldorf makes sense. It is rather easy to navigate on two wheels with most official paths for cycling recognised by their typical red colour. They can be found throughout the city. One-way streets that show a sign with a bike and the word free, frei, may be used by cyclists against the flow of traffic. In most German cities, cyclists have dedicated traffic lights and Düsseldorf is no exception. Motorists are on the whole considerate and prudent except during times of dense traffic when frustrations can be high.

Germany is very fond of regulations hence there are many specific laws on cycling. One should, for example, only ride on the right side of the road unless it is regulated differently. Cyclists should certainly not drink when on a bike, since the police can confiscate the driver license of someone caught with too much alcohol in the blood.

Known literally as a drive wheel, Fahrrad, the bicycle is highly popular in this country. Germans have the hang of it, as is reflected in the fact that well over ten percent of all distances are covered by bike.  A national adoration of cars remains strong but the locals are catching up with other cities.

Düsseldorf joined other global locations in 2019 by allowing electric scooters into the urban landscape. Opinions are divided between a approval of a viable option for the planet and dismay at where inconsiderate users park them following a journey. Several brands vie for clients, thus adding to the perceived dilemma.

By Vincent Green, Feb 21 2020

Ministerium für Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen

Stadttor 1
40219 Düsseldorf

+49 211 384 342 72

Tram doors on subway


The public transport system in the city is safe and normally efficient. A dense network of trams above and below ground as well as buses serve the city and its suburbs. Links via the S-Bahn train system reach further outlying areas and neighbouring communities.

Two cups of coffee on a table


Staying in touch and meeting with other international residents in a similar situation can be important. Socialising in Düsseldorf can include relevant events, international clubs, popular spots and expat groups on social media.

Original language movies are popular among expats in Düsseldorf. Films are frequently screened in English at a variety of cinemas in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version