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It' s also possible to hitch from the South East of the city because there is a petrol station on the A59. The closest bus stop is "Eil Heumarer", bus 152. You can take it from Steinstr. S-Bahn, which is relatively close from the main station.
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=== North or East towards [[Berlin]], [[Dortmund]], [[Hannover]] and [[Münster]]===
Hitching in that direction
is legendarily difficult unless you take a regional train and walk an hour. Several experienced hitchhikers got trapped countless hours and decided to take a train instead. Really.
Close to the city, you may want to try one of the on ramps in the North East of Cologne
, such as Köln Delbrück, exit 23 on the [[A3 (Germany)|A3]] (take the U18 to "Holweide Vischeringstr") or Köln- Mülheim. And once you' ve tried, come back to update this page :).
In case you try to use a ramp from Cologne, a good take-off sign is "Remscheid", because the first service area on the [[A1 (Germany)|A1]] is "Rasthof Remscheid", just before the exit for Remscheid. There are lots of commuters. You can also get there by train from Cologne Dom/Hbf for 6,50 Euros via Remscheid Hbf and walk 5 km to the area (map [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Remscheid+Hbf&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=FTLnDAMdiNttAClRpZsmWyq5RzGlIfHuvHkWrQ%3BFayeDAMdfEduAA&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=15&dirflg=w&sll=51.157143,7.226601&sspn=0.008559,0.023174&ie=UTF8&ll=51.169872,7.215099&spn=0.034228,0.092697&t=h&z=13 here]). If you're lucky, catch the bus 672 or 673 (valid with your zone 4 ticket) to Talsperre/Mebusmühle or Talsperre/Raststätte (closer but only 673) and avoid the walk. These buses do not pass very often, though.
=== North towards [[Düsseldorf]] or [[Nijmegen]] ===