The great thing about the Mosel valley is its accessibility. It is located close to the borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, France and the Netherlands, and excellent transport links make getting here from anywhere Europe a breeze.
For those arriving by car, the European road network is extremely good with motorways offering fast connections to surrounding countries. Folks coming from the United Kingdom can enter via the French or Dutch ferry ports, with Calais and Dunkirk being only around three to four hours away making driving from there a feasible option.
Europe is also served by an excellent rail network. The railway follows the river for some of its length, making it possible to reach most Mosel destinations by train via Koblenz or Trier. Buses connect the towns served by trains with other outlying towns and villages. At night there is often a “Taxi Bus”, an on-demand service which is bookable by phone and follows a preset route and timetable. The advantage of this service is it costs the same as a regular night bus so is considerably cheaper than a taxi, although it picks up at normal bus stops which may not be so convenient if you have lots of luggage.
For those travelling from further afield, Frankfurt Hahn airport is very close by (about thirty minutes or so from Cochem or Zell by bus). Several operators offer cheap flights to the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe and Turkey. Transatlantic and other international flights generally land in Frankfurt International Airport which is a little further away but has the advantage of its own railway station. Many airlines offer a ‘rail and fly’ option which is usually cheaper than booking separate flight and train tickets. Other nearby airports are Cologne-Bonn and Luxembourg.
With such great connections, there really is no reason not to visit!