Left Luggage facilities – Köln Hauptbahnhof

Originally posted: 9 September 2010

Here is another gripe. For a long time, left luggage facilities in the UK were non-existent. A few now can be found in major railway stations, but they are very expensive. London Victoria charges £8 for up to 24 hours. It can also take 15 minutes or so to get one’s case accepted as it has to pass through a X-Ray machine and valuables accounted for.

Germany is a little different. In München traditional left luggage lockers are abundant and reasonably priced. In Köln, the left luggage facility (pictured) costs 2 Euros 50 for up to 2 hours and 5 Euros for up to 24 hours. One places the case in the hole at the bottom, the door closes and luggage is taken to some underground storage area. One retrieves one’s case by inserting a card and waiting. So, it takes a fraction of the time to deposit a case and costs up to 1/3 of the price.


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