There are 6 ways to get from Dortmund to Rotterdam by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Duisburg Hbf Re1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Duisburg Hbf to Utrecht Centraal
  3. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal

$48 - $98

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Bus  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Dortmund to Utrecht 056
  2. Take the bus from Utrecht to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS N31

$15 - $26

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Train, bus  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Duisburg Hbf Re1 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Duisburg Hbf to Rotterdam

$49 - $91

Night bus  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the night bus from Dortmund to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS N116

$16 - $27

Drive  •  2 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Dortmund to Rotterdam 158 miles

$35 - $60

Train, fly  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Amsterdam (AMS) DUS - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$86 - $320

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Dortmund and arriving at Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Dortmund to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Dortmund Hbf and arriving at Rotterdam Centraal via Duisburg Hbf and Utrecht Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 1 min.

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The distance between Dortmund and Rotterdam is 211 km. The road distance is 252.8 km.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Rotterdam without a car is to train which takes 4 h 1 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 1 min to get from Dortmund to Rotterdam, including transfers.

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Dortmund to Rotterdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Dortmund station.

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Dortmund to Rotterdam train services, operated by Bahn DE, depart from Dortmund Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Rotterdam is to train which takes 4 h 1 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 10 min.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Amsterdam Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Dortmund to Rotterdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS station.

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Map of how to get from Dortmund to Rotterdam.
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  • Distance: 131.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 1 min

What companies run services between Dortmund, Germany and Rotterdam, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Dortmund to Rotterdam via Duisburg Hbf and Utrecht Centraal in around 4 h 1 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Dortmund to Rotterdam via Utrecht in around 5 h 10 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $25
Schedules at
bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Düsseldorf, Flughafen
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $27
Website
bahn.de
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
bahn.de
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof to Duisburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
eurobahn.de
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$19 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $45
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Dortmund to Utrecht
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Utrecht to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Dortmund to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Duisburg Hbf to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
eurolines.de

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Dortmund to Rotterdam train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), arrive at Rotterdam Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Dortmund to Rotterdam is 253 km. It takes approximately 2 h 22 min to drive from Dortmund to Rotterdam.

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KLM offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Amsterdam Airport.

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Book your Dortmund to Rotterdam bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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