How to reach us
Coming from Cologne (Köln) take the A 4 motorway (Cologne – Aachen), leave the motorway at the Düren exit, and then turn right towards Jülich (B 56). After about 10 km, turn off to the right onto the L 253, and follow the signs for "Forschungszentrum".
Coming from Aachen take the A 44 motorway (Aachen – Düsseldorf) and leave the motorway at the Jülich-West exit. At the first roundabout turn left towards Jülich, and at the second roundabout turn right towards Düren (B 56). After about 5 km, turn left onto the L 253 and follow the signs to "Forschungszentrum".
Coming from Düsseldorf Airport take the A 52 motorway (towards Düsseldorf/Mönchengladbach), followed by the A 57 (towards Cologne). Turn off at Neuss-West, and continue on the A 46 until you reach the crossroads "Kreuz Wanlo". Take the A 61 (towards Koblenz/Aachen) until you reach "Dreieck Jackerath" where you should take the A 44 (towards Aachen). Continue as described in "Coming from Düsseldorf".
Coming from Düsseldorf on the A44 motorway (Düsseldorf – Aachen) drive until you reach the "Jülich-West" exit. At the first roundabout turn left towards Jülich, and at the second roundabout turn right towards Düren (B 56). After about 5 km, turn left onto the L 253 and follow the signs to "Forschungszentrum".
In your navigation system, enter your destination as "Wilhelm-Johnen-Strasse". From there, it is only a few hundred metres to the main entrance – simply follow the signs. The research centre itself is not part of the network of public roads and is therefore not recognised by navigation systems.
From Neighbouring Airports by Train:
From Cologne Bonn Airport
From the railway station at the airport, please take the overground line S 12 ("S-Bahn") to Düren. Continue from Düren as described in "By train".
From Düsseldorf International Airport
From the railway station at the airport, travel to Cologne main train station and then continue on to Düren. Some trains go directly to Düren whereas other connections involve a change at Cologne main train station. Continue from Düren as described in "By train".
Take the train from Aachen or Cologne to the train station in Düren. From here, take the local train ("Rurtalbahn" [RTB]) for Jülich and get out at the "Forschungszentrum" stop. To make sure that the train stops at "Forschungszentrum" you should press the request stop button (Haltewunsch) in good time after the "Selgersdorf" stop.
From the train stop, a shuttle service will bring you to the campus (for all trains arriving between 6 am and 7 pm, for the timetables, please see "Aachen - Jülich bus connections" below).
Time tables for trains from Düren to Jülich (please choose "RB 21" in the field "Linie" to get the train time tables to Jülich. The name of the route is Düren - Linnich)
If you walk, it will take you approximately 20 minutes to reach the main entrance. The distance is about 1.3 kilometres.
Time table for SB 219 shuttle service (between Rurtalbahn stop and Forschungszentrum Jülich) (PDF, 23 kB)
Aachen - Jülich Bus Connection:
The SB 20, SB 35 and the 220 bus lines connect Forschungszentrum Jülich to the local public transport system.
Bus SB 20 Aachen - Forschungszentrum Jülich (PDF, 56 kB)
SB 35 (Schnellbus Merzenich – Forschungszentrum – Merzenich, über Niederzier) (PDF, 21 kB)
Bus 220 Aachen – Mariadorf – Aldenhoven – Jülich – FZ Jülich (PDF, 180 kB)
AVV website with timetables for bus routes (please chose "SB 20", "SB 35" or "220" in the field "Linie" to get the time tables of the buses to Jülich)