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ECL possible opponents guide part 4 -Bayer Leverkusen


Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Country: Germany

From: The city of Leverkusen, which has 161,000 residents.

Positioned: In the far west of Germany, 14 miles north of Cologne, 20 miles south of Dusseldorf, 40 miles south east of Monchengladbach and 122 miles north west of Frankfurt.

Description: It is a small city known for its association with the Bayer chemical company.

It doesn’t really have many other attractions apart from football, though there is a Japanese garden and an industrial museum.

Random fact: In 1988, Bayer made a miraculous comeback, overturning a 0-3 first leg defeat against Espanyol to win on penalties.

The club: Bayer finished third in the 2012-13 Bundesliga and landed the third and final UEFA Champions League group stage place.

Astonishingly, they finished 26 points behind champions Bayern Munich, though only point behind second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who made last year’s final.

Chances of playing United: One in eight.

Stadium: The BayArena holds 30,201 people and is slightly to the east of the city centre.

It’s a 20-minute walk from the nearest local train station, which is called Leverkusen-Schiebusch.

Tickets: United would probably get 3,000 tickets.

Hotels
(unless stated, all prices are per person per night based on two people sharing a twin or double room. They can be booked through booking.com on a pay-on-arrival basis. All bookings can be cancelled for free up to 24 hours before arrival, unless stated).

A room at the CityClass Hotel Atrium Budget

Bargain with a slight catch – £22

If you’re travelling on a budget, the three-star CityClass Hotel Atrium Budget, at Heinrich-Lubke-Strasse 36, is for you.

It has 55 simple rooms, which come with a TV and heating and they aren’t too cramped.

Breakfast costs an extra £6.89 per person per day, but there is an on-site supermarket where you can buy snacks and drinks.

The only catch is the location: It is three miles away from the city centre, so you’d be looking at roughly 15 minutes in a taxi, depending on traffic, though it would be cheaper if you booked in a group and shared the fare.

Value – £25.40


A room at the Atrium Comfort

One of my favourite hotels in Germany is the three-star CityClass Hotel Atrium Comfort, at Heinrich-Lubke Strasse.

It has 55 rooms, each with a work desk, TV and a minibar. It’s only a five-minute walk from to the central train station and there’s a relaxing sauna.

Affordable luxury – £43.05

Arguably the best value hotel in Leverkusen is the four-star Best Western Hotel at Am Buchelter Hof 11.

It has 200 rooms and is a two-minute walk from the central train station.

A room at the Best Western Leverkusen

The hotel has its own swimming pool and spa and a brilliant restaurant, as well as a gym.

Another highlight is the Galeria bar and summer terrace (fingers crossed for good weather).

Rooms come with Sky TV, a mini bar, air conditioning and heating.

The only pricey thing is dinner in the Tenn restaurant, which costs £19.37 per person extra if you pay in advance.

Travel

Stuck for time off on your Euro away or want the convenience of travelling direct from Manchester to the game? Then flying with United’s travel partner Thomas Chook Sport is the option for you.

Packages cost more than travelling independently, but save on days off work and make travelling comfortable.

We will bring you a summary of Thomas Cook Sports packages as soon as they are announced after the draw.


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Flights

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
£40 from Stansted on Ryanair

then a train taking 2 hours 54 minutes with two changes and costing e60 return if booked in advance

Dusseldorf International
£58 from Gatwick on easyjet
£61 from Leeds Bradford on Jet2
£63 from Stansted on Air Berlin
£98 from Birminghaon on Lufthansa and Flybe
£98 from Cardiff on Lufthansa
£98 from Heathrow on Lufthansa and BA
£98 from Manchester on Lufthansa and Flybe
£99 from Glasgow Int on Lufthansa
£125 from Newcastle on Lufthansa
£125 from Exeter on Flybe

then a 22-minute train costing e9 return if booked in advance





Dusseldorf Weeze
£35 from Stansted on Ryanair
£46 from Edinburgh on Ryanair

then a train taking 1 hour 48 minutes with one change costing e44.80 if booked in advance

Cologne
£51 from Gatwick on easyJet
£61 from Stansted on germanwings
£68 from Manchester on germanwings
£70 from Edinburgh on germanwings
£75 from Heathrow on germanwings

then a train taking 14 minutes and costing e8 return if booked in advance

Frankfurt am Main
£92 from Gatwick on Lufthansa
£98 from Birmingham on Lufthansa
£98 from Manchester on Lufthansa
£99 from Aberdeen on Lufthansa
£99 from Edinburgh on Lufthansa
£108 from London City on BA and Lufthansa
£108 from Heathrow on Lufthansa

then a train taking 96 minutes with one change costing e38 return if booked in advance




Dortmund
£52 from Luton on easyjet

then a train taking 69 minutes costing e46.40 return if booked in advance

Paderborn
£142 from London City on Air France and KLM

then a train taking 2 hours and 16 minutes costing e57 return if booked in advance

Hanover
£61 from Stansted on germanwings
£97 from Manchester on Flybe
£100 from Heathrow on BA
£102 from Birmingham on Flybe
£103 from Southampton on Flybe
£107 from Bristol on bmi, Brussels Airlines, KLM and Air France
£126 from Edinburgh on Flybe, BA, Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines

then a train taking 3 hours and 14 minutes with one change costing e68 return if booked in advance





Stuttgart

£67 from Stansted on germanwings
£73 from Heathrow on germanwings and BA
£99 from Manchester on germanwings
£104 from Birmingham on Flybe
£118 from London City on Swiss, Lufthansa, KLM and Air France
£128 from Edinburgh on Flybe, BA, Lufthansa and Vueling
£133 from Bristol on Brussels Airlines and KLM

then a train taking 4 hours and 51 minutes with four changes costing e59 return. Faster (more expensive) trains are available.

Coach – £85

With National Express, you can leave Manchester at 13:00 on Day 1 and changing in London, you can reach Cologne at 09:15 on Day 2, then take 14-minute train to Leverkusen.

On the way back, you can leave Cologne at 06:30 (arriving back at 23:35) or at 18:30 (arriving at 12:05). Both with one stop in Brussels.

You can also get there and back for cheaper if you take the legs between Manchester-London or Manchester-Brussels on Megabus.




Direct train - £137

It takes nine hours and 15 minutes to reach Leverkusen from Manchester.

If you leave Piccadilly at noon, you can reach London Euston by 12:0, cross over on the Tube to St Pancras, and then take the 14:32 train to Brussels.

Arriving at 17:43, you then take the 18:25 to Cologne, arriving at 20:15, before completing your journey on a 14-minute train to Leverkuson.

If you book in advance, a return from Manchester to London can cost £30 return, then the the remainder can be as low as £107 return.

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