Arrival to Dortmund and Public transportation


If you arrive by train you should travel to Dortmund Central Station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof).


Buses arrive at the central bus station called ‘ZOB’ [‘tsob:], which is located right at the North Entrance of Dortmund Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). Go through the tunnel that leads across the central train station and then follow the directions ‘By train’.


Option 1: From the airport: Take the airport express (around 8,50 €). It will take 20 minutes to get to the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). Then follow the route from the Central Station described above.

Option 2: Take the bus 490 (around 2,80 € for a 90 minutes trip) from the second bus stop to the right from the airport exit, when you leave the airport. Change at ‘Aplerbeck’ onto the metro line U47, direction ‘Westerfilde’; get off at ‘Kampstrasse’ or continue to the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). Then follow the instructions above for ‘By train’. It takes about 40 minutes in total.


Take the SkyTrain from your terminal to the airport’s railway station “Düsseldorf Flughafen”. Buy a ticket at the red machines with the logo “DB”, they provide English language as well. Navigate through the options on the screen and indicate that you go to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof, choose the train type “RE” or “Regional”. The ticket costs around 15,30€ for a single ride. While buying the ticket, the machine will indicate to you at what time the next train leaves to Dortmund. The regional trains to Dortmund normally leave from platform 5 or platform 1, but please check for changes. Make sure it indicates Dortmund on the platform screen before you get on the train. The trip will take from 40 – 50 minutes. Please make sure you validate your ticket (at the small orange machines next to your vending machine) before you get on the train to Dortmund. If you don’t, you run the risk of receiving a 60€ fine.

For travelling by ICE train you will need a special ticket for this rapid service train which costs around 23,50€.


Within the City of Dortmund, you can travel by bus, metro and local trains (S-Bahn).

Please remember that while traveling by bus in Dortmund, in order to get off, you have to push the red button BEFORE your stop. Otherwise, the bus may not stop. This also applies to the surface stations when you travel by metro. Normally, every stop is announced.


For public transportation within Dortmund, you have to buy a ticket in the category A (A3) for 2,80 € at the vending machines on stations or from the bus driver in buses; and stamp it before getting on the train or metro or stamp it on the bus with the machine next to the bus driver.

Please remember to validate your ticket when traveling with public transportation.


Single ticket (valid for 90 minutes in one direction): 2,80 €, 4-rides-ticket: 10,20 € (must be stamped each 90 min. ride! Otherwise you can get fined)

Day pass for 1/2/3/4/5 persons: 7,00€/10,30€/13,60€/16,90€/20,20€.

For details please visit this website.

*all prices are approximate

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