Four or five major brands rent cars from Hahn Airport. Book in advance for great deals by the week - or just pick up a car at last-minute for a 3 or 4 days weekend when you're also likely to find a good deal.
Go almost anywhere by rail, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Basel, Geneva and countless places in-between.
Paris Est to Zell-Mosel town centre (by TGV-RE-bus) takes 4 hours and costs from 29 Euros, bookable on bahn.com
Long distance tickets in Germany can be bought from 29 Euros on the Deutsch Bahn website bahn.com. For travel into or from Germany we also suggest first to try bahn.com. Specials are abundant. The best time to book is 1 to 3 months in advance.
City Nightline trains are a good long-distance option offering seats or sleepers, using traditional international European trains. Stoppping at Koblenz, trains run north to Amsterdam or south to the Swiss Alps or south-east to Bavaria, then south to the Tyrol and Italy as far as Rome.
Why base in a major city at 3 to 10 times the rent if you want to travel around? Not just a pretty place, Zell-Mosel is convenient to all Europe by rail or low-cost air. With My Europe Base long stay rates, you have the benefits of an attractive and affordable home-base in a location that is very hard to match for its combination of scenery, conviviality and access elsewhere.
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Zell-Mosel is a short bus ride (#750, 35 mins, every 2 hours, 6.50 Euro) from one of Europe's leading low-cost airports and Ryanair's major hub outside the UK.
Officially named Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and owned by the State of Rhineland, Hahn is Germany's 6th busiest with flights all over the Continent - except there are not many to points within 1000 km.
If you're looking for a flight south, consider the Canary Islands, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, south of France, Majorca, Italy or Greece.
Northbound are flights to Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic States. Looking east you can go to Poland, Budapest on Wizzair and Croatia. To UK you can choose Edinburgh or London. To Eire choose Dublin or Kerry.
Love em or not, Ryanair offers the best bargains and leaving your big luggage at Base you can travel freely with just a cabin bag.
Frankfurt International is just over 2 hours by train. Koln-Bonn Airport is a little further. Also within reach are Luxembourg and Saarbrucken Aiports.