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How to travel from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf? Look no further.

There are around 105 trains per day running between Dusseldorf Airport and Dortmund Hbf, which usually take 1 hour 34 minutes to complete the 33 miles (53 km) journey. It can take as little as 1 hour 11 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Dortmund Hbf from Dusseldorf Airport, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. During your journey, you're likely to be travelling with Thalys, ICE or SNCF, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £9.02. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for timetables (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf by train

It takes an average of 1h 34m to travel from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf by train, over a distance of around 33 miles (53 km). There are normally 105 trains per day travelling from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf and tickets for this journey start from £9.02 when you book in advance.

First train

00:12

Last train

23:42

Departure station

Dusseldorf Airport

Arrival station

Dortmund Hbf

Journey time

From 1h 11m

Distance

33 miles (53 km)

Frequency

105 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £9.02

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, Flixbus, Thalys, SBB CFF FFS

Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf for Tuesday 3rd October 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:25 12:53 1h 28m, 1 change
11:45 13:14 1h 29m, 1 change
11:48 13:14 1h 26m, 2 changes
11:50 13:37 1h 47m, 1 change
12:12 13:50 1h 38m, 1 change
12:25 13:53 1h 28m, 1 change
12:45 14:14 1h 29m, 1 change
12:48 14:14 1h 26m, 2 changes
12:50 14:37 1h 47m, 1 change
13:12 14:45 1h 33m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf

You can travel from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.

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An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Thalys, Intercity (IC), ICE and FlixTrain classes from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf

Compare the different travel classes offered by Thalys, Intercity (IC), ICE and FlixTrain when travelling from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf.

Onboard services on Thalys, Intercity (IC), ICE and FlixTrain

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

On Thalys trains, there are luggage racks near the entrance doors, or in the spaces between the seat backs, or on the rack above your seat.

Although there’s no weight limit for your luggage, you should be able to carry and lift your bags safely.

Their baggage policy includes 2 items of luggage /suitcases with max size of 75 x 53 x 30cm and 1 carry-on item.

You may also bring special items of luggage on board (like musical instruments). However, they must be under 2 meters long.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Food in Standard and Comfort Class

You can visit the Thalys Welcome Bar – you’ll get to choose from a wide range of hot and cold drinks and sweet and savoury snacks.

You can also pre-order food and drinks on your smartphone, tablet or laptop and collect from the Welcome Bar.

Food in Premium Class

You’ll enjoy a complimentary meal, which will be served straight to your seat.

Thalys' menu is designed by Belgian chef, Frank Fol. Meals are served for any international journey over 50 minutes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Once you’ve found your seat and made yourself comfortable, you can connect to the complimentary WiFi and chat to your friends, catch up on work or watch your favourite TV show. To make sure your devices don’t lose power, connect to the power sockets at your seat.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Thalys make it easy to take your little ones on a train journey. Kids under 4 can travel free of charge and without a ticket, provided they sit on your lap. Kids between 4 and 12 can get discounted ticket prices.

In cars 7, 17 and 27 on Thalys trains you’ll also find baby-changing facilities, a sink, and a bottle warmer.

Strollers are allowed on board free of charge, but should be folded before boarding and stored in the baggage racks in the carriage you’re sitting in.

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Thalys accept a small number of non-folding bikes on board, however both wheels must be removed and the whole bike must be covered in a non-rigid container (max size 135 x 85 x 30cm). Folding bikes are treated as standard luggage (max size 75 x 53 x 30cm).

PetPetPets

Travelling with your pet? Small dogs and other domestic animals that weigh less than 6kg can travel free of charge on Thalys trains. They must travel in a cage or container though, with max dimensions being 45 x 30 x 25cm.

If your dog is bigger than this, you’ll need to purchase a specific dog ticket (usually at a fixed price of €30) and the dog must travel on your lap, or on the floor, on a lead and muzzled.

Guide and assistance dogs of any size are also allowed free of charge.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need help with boarding or disembarking, you should contact Thalys directly before your trip. Wheelchairs can be transported as long as they do not exceed:

  • 70 cm wide / 120 cm high 
  • Turning circle diameter: 150 cm
  • Maximum weight: 300 kg with the passenger and luggage
LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

You will find an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you opt for the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

If you upgrade to First Class, you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

Although the menu changes every three months, you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Currently, free WiFi is available on certain IC trains. Deutsche Bahn are gradually installing free WiFi on all their IC trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On IC trains, children under 5 years old travel free of charge and don’t need a ticket. Kids up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

On board, you will find family and children areas which are bookable.

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You need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle on a IC train. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Bike storage spaces are usually located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

With IC, you can travel with your pet. If you have a small dog or pet, you do not need an extra ticket and they can travel for free in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Deutsche Bahn offer the Mobility Service, where staff will help you board, disembark or change trains. Staff will also answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

When travelling with ICE, you can enjoy an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you choose the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

Upgrade to First Class and you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB change their menu every three months, but you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

If you’re travelling on a ICE train, you can connect to the free WiFi and catch up on some work or your favourite TV show.

You can also connect to the ICE portal, where you’ll find a wide range of entertainment, such as films, television, audiobooks, games, newspapers and magazines.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On DB’s ICE trains, kids under 5 years old travel for free and don’t need a ticket. Children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

You can also book family areas and children compartments on all ICE trains.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

With ICE, you need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle onboard. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Generally, bike storage spaces are located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

You can travel with your pet on all ICE trains. You do not need an extra ticket If you have a small dog and they can travel in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

DB’s Mobility Service can assist you with boarding, disembarking or changing trains. Also, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

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When travelling with Flixtrain, you can take the following luggage for free: 1x carry-on bag (max dimensions 42 x 30 x 18 cm and 7kg) and 1x checked bag (max dimensions 80 x 50 x 30 cm and 20kg).

For safety reasons, you must stow your carry-on bag beneath your seat, or in the overhead compartment above your seat.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Currently, FlixTrain does not offer a food and drink service. However, you may bring food and drink with you to enjoy on the train.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

On FlixTrain services, you can connect to the free WiFi to surf the internet, chat with friends, check your emails and more.

If you’re worried about your battery life, you can charge your devices by connecting to the power sockets or USB outlets at your seat.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children up to 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Children between 6 and 14 years old can travel alone with a declaration of consent from their parent or guardian. Keep an eye out for special discounts, as FlixTrain offer cheap tickets for children less than 15 years old.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

All FlixTrains are equipped with reservable bicycle storage. Bikes must be standard size and not exceed 20kg (45 lbs). To bring your bicycle on board, you must reserve a space with FlixTrain.

PetPetPets

In Germany, passengers may take pets that are up to the size of a house cat carried in a secure container at no cost. If you want to take a dog with you on the train which is larger than a house cat, provided it is on a leash and wearing a muzzle, you can purchase an extra ticket at the child's price. Guide and assistance dogs travel for free.

In Sweden, pets may not be transported on trains. The only exception is for guide and assistance dogs.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Passengers with limited mobility who require assistance with boarding and embarking should contact FlixTrain to book one of the designated seats provided. FlixTrain transport foldable wheelchairs, walking aids and other mobility devices for free.

Cheap train tickets from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf

The price of train tickets from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf starts at £9.02 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Dusseldorf Airport and Dortmund Hbf is 1 hour and 34 minutes, with around 105 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Dusseldorf Airport and Dortmund Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf is 1 hour and 11 minutes.

How much does the train from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf cost?

Train ticket prices from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf can start from as little as £9.02 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf?

No, there are no direct train services from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf. Travelling from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf leave?

The first train from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf leaves at 00:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf leave?

The last train from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf leaves at 23:42. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Dusseldorf Airport and Dortmund Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Dusseldorf Airport to Dortmund Hbf cover a distance of around 33 miles (53 km) during the journey.

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