Bus and train connections to the AhrSteig

Stages 1 to 4

Hiking Bus Upper Ahr Valley (Line 899)

From 29 March to 31 July 2024, the Upper Ahr Valley hiking bus (Line 899) connects the towns of Altenahr and Blankenheim as well as the train station in Blankenheim-Wald in the district of Euskirchen.

During the season, the bus runs three times upstream and two times downstream on all weekends and public holidays as well as on the bridge days after Ascension Day, Corpus Christi and before All Saints' Day. There are also connections to the railway lines to Cologne and Bonn from the start and finish points. 

In the morning, the "WanderBus Oberes Ahrtal" departs from Altenahr at 9.30 a.m. from the station/cemetery stop and connects with the rail replacement service arriving there at 9.09 a.m., so that hikers can reach all stage start and finish points in good time. Further departures from Altenahr are at 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm. If you start your hiking tour in Blankenheim, you can take the bus back to the starting point in the afternoon: Arrival at Blankenheim Wald station is at 10.51, 14.51 and 17.51 with a connection to the rail replacement service in the direction of Kall. From Blankenheim Wald station there are buses in the direction of Altenahr at 11.05 am and 3.05 pm.

This is an RVK minibus with a limited number of passenger seats. The VRS fare applies. For passengers travelling only between Altenahr and Aremberg, the VRM fare applies.

From 1 August 2024, route 899 will run as a Bike&Hike Bus from Ahrbrück to Blankenheim with a modified route.

Schedule Line 899 until 31.07.24

Schedule Line 899 from 01.08.24


Train connections Cologne main station via Kall to Blankenheim Wald

Regional train lines 22 and 24 connect Cologne and Gerolstein. However, the railway line from Kall is closed due to flood damage. A rail replacement service (SEV) runs from Kall via Blankenheim (Wald) to Gerolstein.

Timetable RE22: Cologne ◄► Gerolstein Timetable RB: 24: Cologne ◄► Gerolstein

Timetable Bus: Kall ◄►Gerolstein


For more information, visit: www.zuginfo.nrwwww.rvk.de or www.vrsinfo.de

We recommend to call a taxi at these stages:

Taxi Dieter, Blankenheim: 0 24 49 / 91 72 28


For groups by prior arrangement

(Registration possible from Monday to Friday, at least 48 h before the start of the journey)

Hoffmann Reisen, Nohn, Tel.: 0 26 96 / 3 32

Krämer Reisen, Nürburg, Tel.: 0 26 91 / 26 10

Stages 5 to 7

Ahr valley railway

Trains on the RB 30 line (Bonn - Ahrbrück) run every half hour on the section between Bonn and Walporzheim. For the RB 39 line (Remagen - Dernau), there is train service between Remagen and Ahrweiler at off-peak times and rail replacement service with buses (SEV) the rest of the time.

The current timetable for the Ahrtalbahn / SEV can be found here:

Schedule SEV (Bus)chedule SEV (Bus) from 03.04.24 You can access the valid timetable of the Ahrtalbahn digitally via www.bahn.de or as well as via the app "DB Navigator".