Getting around in Dortmund: info, costs and tips

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Dortmund is a city located in northwestern Germany and is the most important city in the Ruhr area. It is best known for its important football team, one of the strongest in Germany and Europe, for its very good beer and its industrial tradition offers various opportunities.

There are many things to do and see but you have to organize yourself well with transport. This is because important points such as the Signal Iduna Park, the Westfalenpark, the Floriumturm and the Phonix lake, are located several kilometers away from the historic center. So let's find out together how to move in Dortmund: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Dortmund
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

In the historic center you can move on foot. Instead, to reach attractions such as Signal Iduna Park, Westfalenpark, Floriumturm and Phonix Lake, you have to rely on public transport: the most recommended are metro and buses.

If you like to move by bike, you can use the service of bike sharing: it is necessary to register on the official website or download the Nextbike App and then take the bike in one of the various stations. The service has a cost of € 1,00 / hour, the monthly rent is € 10,00 with 30 min of rental per day plus € 1,00 for each additional half hour.

There is no city card which offers transport facilities. However, to stay up to date on the status of the means of transport, possible works and detours, or on ticket prices, you can download the "DSW212" mobile app or visit the official website where you will find all the necessary information and you can buy the ticket. by entering the departure and arrival stations. If you plan to travel several times in a day, it is recommended that you purchase a day ticket (€ 6,35). and weekly pass € 14,70

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot only in the center, metro, bus, bike
  • Solutions and means not recommended: cars, motorcycles
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: day ticket for public transport (from € 6,35)

How to get from the airport to the center of Dortmund

The city has been served since Flughafen Dortmund. This airport serves around 2 million passengers a year and is mainly used by two low cost airlines: Ryanair and Wizz Air. It is only 13 km, about 20 minutes by car from the city center and, thanks to the various transport options, reaching your hotel or b & b will be very simple.

To take the train you need to reach Holzwickede train station by shuttle (6 min, € 3,00) and then take the train RB59 to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof (19 min, € 3,60). Recommended instead bus, which will take you to the Dortmund Hauptbahnhof without intermediate stops (25 min, one way € 9,00, return ticket € 18,00). Finally you can take a taxi, located outside the arrivals terminal (20 min).

Flughafen Dortmund

  • Distance from the center: distance 13 km / travel time: 20 min
  • By train: RB59 lines / ticket cost: € 3,60
  • By taxi: average cost € 30,00 / travel time: 20 min
  • By bus: average cost € 9,00 / Airport Express line

How to get around on foot

Il Old Town it really lends itself very well to being visited on foot. The main attractions, such as the Alter Markt, the Deutsches Fußballmuseum and the St. Reinoldi church, are all close together. In addition, the entire center is half-crossed by the Westenhellweg, one of the most important shopping streets in Germany and entirely pedestrian.

However, during your visit you cannot limit yourself only to the center, as some important attractions are located a few kilometers away. In this case, you can rely on an efficient public transport network.

Con i mezzi pubblici

Dortmund's transport system really is very efficient and will make your movements very simple and intuitive, allowing you to visit the different parts of the city, all well connected to each other. The means available are the underground and a dense network of buses, as well as the train that will allow you to easily reach other German cities.

The transport network is part of the VVR company, i.e. Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr together with other cities such as Dusseldorf, Essen and Bochum, and the rates go according to the areas where you travel. For Dortmund, the zone is K and A.


The Stadtbahn is the best means of transport to visit and move around the city, thanks to the strengthening of the old tram network, whose central sections have been buried, making it a subway. It consists of 8 different lines, ranging from U41 to U48, and 83 stations, on which 121 vehicles are operating. It is a light metro made up of surface trams that have an underground route only in the downtown area. The frequency varies from 5 to 10 min.

The metro is operational every day from 3:30 or 4:30, depending on the line, until 00:45 with a frequency of 10 minutes during the day and 15 at night, while the U42 is the only which passes every 20 min. As regards the rates, the single ticket costs € 1,75, the booklet of 4 tickets € 5,60, the day ticket € 6,35 and the weekly ticket € 14,70.

  • Map: Stadtbahn Dortmund
  • 3:30 / 4:30 - 00:45
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,75
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: booklet of 4 tickets € 5,60, day ticket € 6,35, weekly pass € 14,70


If you need to reach areas not covered by the metro, you can rely on an extensive network of city buses, which they cover the whole city in a capillary way and the suburbs. However, the metro remains the best way, as certain areas of Dortmund are very busy and buses can suffer delays due to traffic, especially during rush hours. You can also rely on several night buses.

With regard to rates, these are the same as those of the metro: the single ticket costs € 1,75, the booklet of 4 tickets € 5,60, the day ticket € 6,35 and the weekly ticket € 14,70.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,75
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 4 ticket booklet € 5,60, day ticket € 6,35, weekly pass € 14,70

By car

Although in Dortmund the car it is not necessary Thanks to the efficient network of vehicles, those arriving here by car must know that Diesel Euro 4 or Petrol Euro 1 vehicles cannot enter the city and it is still necessary to purchase the green badge at a cost of € 5,00. To request it, you must apply at the Municipality or online at the official website.

Traffic can also be quite heavy, another reason why if you have the car in tow, the suggestion is to leave it parked in some garage. Among the cheapest and most central are the Kuckelke car park, in the center (open 7: 00-24: 00, € 10,00 / day), and the Hauptbahnhof multi-storey car park (open 24 hours, € 12,00 / day).


The only exclusive area at the pedestrian crossing is Westenhellweg, one of the most important shopping streets of Germany. In the rest of the city it has been decided a few years ago to eliminate restricted traffic areas.

However all of Dortmund is a Low Emission Zone, called Umweltzone in German, valid every day of the year 24 hours a day and failure to comply with the rules results in fines of € 24 to which the administrative fee must be added. This means that too polluting vehicles cannot enter and the cars must have a minimum standard of Diesel Euro 80,00 and Petrol Euro 6 (according to the November 1 legislation, but you must always stay up to date by consulting the official website of the city of Dortmund). In addition, the green bollino, which is obtained by registering your vehicle on the official website (cost of € 6,00). All rules also apply to foreign vehicles.

Stops and parking

In Dortmund there are some free parking available in several downtown streets such as Krimstraße, Kronprinzenstraße, Baumstraße or Brückmannstraße. However, parking times are limited and controlled on weekdays, therefore it is not recommended to leave your car here as you would have to keep changing the parking disc.

Since parking on the street is not possible for long periods, it is advisable to look for a parking space or garage paid closer to the point you need to reach. The costs are about € 1,50 / hour, but the longer you stay, the lower the hourly rate. Among the best and most central car parks you will find the Kuckelke car park, in the city center (open 7: 00-24: 00, € 10,00 / day), and the Hauptbahnhof multi-storey car park (open 24 h, € 12,00 / day).

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