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By Bus and Train

Travelling on public transport

If you want to travel to and from the airport using public transport, you can take the AirportExpress which connects directly with Dortmund Central Station. If you choose to take the AirportShuttle, this takes you directly to Holzwickede station. You can travel to both stations on the Deutsche Bahn's local and intercity trains.

If you are planning to purchase your ticket online, please refer to  the Deutsche Bahn website. This only pertains to public transport and excludes shuttle tickets which can be purchased on the bus. 

Karte der
  Verbindungen des ÖPNV zum Dortmund Airport

When you are planning your journey, please be aware that we recommend arriving at your airline's check-in desk between 1.5 or 2 hours before departure. This is to ensure that you will not miss your flight. Even if you have already checked in online, you should leave enough time for the security checks. You should be at the gate at least 40 minutes before your flight departs.

Details of public transport:

The AirportExpress operates between Dortmund Central Station and the airport terminal during airport opening hours. The journey time is about 25 minutes (non-stop).

Since March 2012, the new stop for the AirportExpress service has been located directly on the Central Station forecourt (Königswall/City exit) near the taxi rank.

The fare is €8.50 for a single ticket. Children under 14 pay €2.00 and children under six travel free.

During special international trade fairs and exhibitions, the AirportExpress uses an altered route and makes an additional stop close to the Messe Westfalenhallen. This does not have an effect on the regular fare – The times are as shown in the corresponding timetable:

You can travel between Holzwickede station and the Dortmund Airport terminal on the AirportShuttle. The journey time is about 6 minutes.

The fare is €3.00 for a single ticket. Children under 14 pay €2.00 and children under six travel free.

Dortmund Airport is included in the Deutsche Bahn Rail&Fly service. The tickets cover rail travel from any of the more than 5600 Deutsche Bahn railway stations to Dortmund Airport and back. You can book Rail&Fly tickets via Germanwings and many other airlines, travel agencies and tour operators.

Note: With a Rail&Fly ticket, you can travel free of charge on the AirportShuttle to Holzwickede station (only). 

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If you are travelling to Dortmund Airport from the west of Dortmund, you can take the 440 bus (the route starts in Dortmund-Lütgendortmund and passes through Dortmund-Aplerbeck, where passengers from the U47 rail line can board the bus).

For the journey from Unna station, you can take the VKU C41 bus which runs every hour.