I couldn’t find much recent info online; I must do my part in sharing updated information to keep the spirit of independent travel alive.
I read that the airport shuttle from Frankfurt Hahn airport only operates ‘on demand‘; the needs to make a reservation online. Otherwise, there will be ‘no show’ … this might be true sometimes back, but it’s no longer the case now.
For my trip, I tried to reserve the bus online when I was in London. But, I had difficulty with their German website here.
Cornelia (Conny) was really kind to contact them for me, and advised that reservation is not required. Thanks, Conny!
She wrote “Yes, there will be a bus for you, from the airport in Hahn to Bullay at the river Mosel, and it will be there without reservation. It’s a regular bus line, there is a public transport during the day. Just if you want to use the late connection at 22.15 or 0.15, you have to make a reservation.”
There were two legs to the journey. For an independent traveler, don’t sweat it .. pretty much straight forward.
The first leg: AirportShuttle Mosel from Frankfurt Hahn to Bullay.
The second leg: Train to Cochem, from Bullay.
At Frankfurt Hahn airport, my niece ZE was tasked to find out bus station information .. and she was gamed for it, and told me that we needed to turn right after we walk out from exit, and walk 200m down the road for the bus station. The bus station will be at your right side.
Pretty much a deserted station when we were there around 12pm. Head towards Bus Stop no 5.
The bus arrived as per schedule at 12:25pm. Few passengers alighted, and we were the only two passengers for the ride to Bullay.
We got a kind Italian driver. He was always on the lookout for ZE, and he also made the efforts to get us into an earlier connecting train at Bullay train station. Instead of 13:31 train, we managed to get into approximately 13:10 train. He said “ciao, bella” to us 🙂
If you are heading to Cochem, please make sure that you pay €9.50 for adult, and €5.70 for children. This includes both the airport shuttle and train fares, in one ticket. We were issued wrong ticket, until Bullay. But the driver simply reissued new tickets for us.
Anyway, we didn’t encounter any ticket check. If you didn’t get the train ticket, you can always buy one at Bullay train station. But it might costs a little bit more.
I saw someone asking in a forum, whether there’s a need for train reservation. Well, no need to do that. RB-code (“Regio” – RegionalBahn) trains plying the route are frequent and stops everywhere.
The bus ride to Bullay took around 45 minutes, and then another 10 minutes of train ride to Cochem.
After drop-off at Bullay train station, just walk straight up. There will be a left turn, just walk up the stairs (if my memory didn’t fail me). There will be two platforms, stand at the right side. The train’s final destination is Koblenz Hbf (you will also see Cochem-Mosel indicated). Ask locals if unsure.
Bullay train station was pretty normal, but I adore the charming Cochem train station.
Oh btw… the first thing that I saw walking out from the train station ironically, was a Thai massage parlour. Thai massage in Cochem, anyone?