How to travel from Cologne to Dortmund

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from Cologne to Dortmund

You can get from Cologne to Dortmund by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Cologne to Dortmund on Dec 08 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:13AMCologne Hbf1h08 10:21AMDortmund Hbf
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09:13AMCologne Hbf1h08 10:21AMDortmund Hbf
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08:09AMCologne Hbf1h12 09:21AMDortmund Hbf
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06:08PMCologne Messe/Deutz1h13 07:21PMDortmund Hbf
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07:51PMCologne Messe/Deutz1h16 09:07PMDortmund Hbf
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Travel Information between Cologne and Dortmund

distanceDistance45 miles (73 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$13 - $15
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $13 (€12) • 1 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $15 (€14) • 1 h 8 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or FlixTrain

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 45 miles (73 km) from Cologne to Dortmund. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus or FlixTrain among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cologne to Dortmund.

How to get from Cologne to Dortmund

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Cologne to Dortmund, 75,90% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Cologne to Dortmund and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel from Cologne to Dortmund

Travel Tips: Travel to Dortmund easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cologne to Dortmund.

There are 4 ways to travel to Dortmund from Cologne including taking a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel between Cologne and Dortmund is by taking a bus with an average price of $13 (€12).

This is compared to other travel options to Dortmund:

Taking a bus is usually $2 (€2) less than taking a train to Dortmund, which costs on average $15 (€14) for the same trip.

The fastest way to get to Dortmund from Cologne is by train with an average travel time of 1 h 8 min.

Other travel options to Dortmund can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 1 h 35 min.

The distance from Cologne to Dortmund is approximately 45 miles (73 km).

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Dortmund is:

  • Around 1 bus per day.
  • 96 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Cologne to Dortmund as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cologne to Dortmund:

  • Buses from Cologne to Dortmund most often leave from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport (Fernbusbahnhof) and arrive in Dortmund, ZOB am Hbf.
  • Trains mostly depart from Köln Hbf and arrive in Dortmund Hbf.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Cologne to Dortmund, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Flixbus can get you to Dortmund by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Flixbus from Cologne to Dortmund for $13 (€12) on Omio.
  • FlixTrain can get you to Dortmund by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with FlixTrain from Cologne to Dortmund for $15 (€14) on Omio.

Yes, there are direct services available from Cologne to Dortmund with the following travel companies:

  • You can find around 1 direct bus per day and travel with Flixbus or BlaBlaCar.
  • You can take a direct train with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain with 70 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Dortmund as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Dortmund from Cologne.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Dortmund often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Berlin, Paris or Amsterdam. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Dortmund itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Dortmund and any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip from Cologne to Dortmund, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets cost on average $13 (€12) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing $15 (€14) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Cologne to Dortmund online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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