Water travel on the
Rhine takes many forms,
from short tourist excursions at the cost of a few euros to
long-distance luxury cruises.
The ships seen most
frequently are those of the Köln-Düsseldorfer
line. Beginning at Cologne
(but with more frequent schedules departing from Bonn) regularly
scheduled runs are made with stops along the way to the southern end of
the route at Mainz. Prices range from under three euros for the
shortest distance, one way, to 55 euros for the longest routes, round
trip. K-D will let you ride free on your birthday, regardless of age.
Another line with
reasonably-priced day cruises in the area is the Bingen-Rüdesheimer
Fahrgastschiffahrt line, based in Bingen at the southern end
of the Rhine Gorge. They offer castle tours, cruises with live bands,
etc. Trips of a few hours duration between, for example, Sankt Goar
be in range of 10 euros.
A third option is the
Line based in Assmannshausen, offering quite reasonably priced
river and castle tours.
course, for some a Rhine cruise means going on a luxury ship with a
private stateroom and all the trimmings. Such an excursion that runs
multiple days and longer distances can cost thousands of
At some point in the future we’ll provide a listing of the
companies which operate such cruises.