Lufthansa (tel. 800/645-3880 in the U.S., 800/563-5954 in Canada, or 01805/805805 in Germany; www.lufthansa.com) operates the most frequent service from North America, with service from almost 20 cities. Given the quality of the fleet and service, as well as timeliness, a flight on Lufthansa is a good kickoff to a trip to Germany.
American Airlines (tel. 800/443-7300; www.aa.com) flies nonstop from Chicago, Dallas, and other U.S. hubs to Frankfurt daily, and American’s flights connect easily with ongoing flights to many other German cities on Lufthansa or British Airways. Delta Airlines (tel. 800/241-4141; www.delta.com) offers daily nonstop service to Frankfurt from Atlanta, Cincinnati, and New York’s JFK; nonstop to Munich from Atlanta; nonstop to Berlin from JFK; and connecting service to Hamburg. United Airlines (tel. 800/538-2929; www.united.com) offers daily nonstops from Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago to Frankfurt and Munich. Air Berlin (tel. 866/266-5588; www.airberlin.com) flies from Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and other U.S. cities to Berlin.
From London, British Airways (tel. 0870/8509850; www.britishairways.com) and Lufthansa (tel. 01805/805805; www.lufthansa.com) are the most convenient carriers to the major German cities. British Midland (tel. 0870/6070555; www.flybmi.com) has daily flights to Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich. Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) is among discount airlines offering low-cost service from Britain to dozens of German cities.
Many passengers travel to Germany by train from other European cities. (See “Getting Around,” for information on purchasing rail passes.)
From London, your fastest option is to take the English Channel to Brussels and from there, a high-speed train to your destination within Germany. Travel time to Cologne is 4 hours and 45 minutes; from London to Berlin, 9 hours; and from London to Munich, between 9 and 10 hours, depending on the day of the week. You can purchase tickets through Eurail (www.eurail.com).