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Train  •  2h 38m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Oberhausen Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Oberhausen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Re / ...

€23 - €60

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Rideshare  •  3h 2m

  1. Take the rideshare from Amsterdam to Dortmund 239.1 km

€14

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Bus  •  3h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Dortmund central bus station 056 / ...

€14 - €18

Train via Arnhem  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Arnhem Centraal
  2. Take the train from Arnhem Centraal to Oberhausen Hbf
  3. Take the train from Oberhausen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Re6

Drive  •  2h 25m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Dortmund 241 km

€30 - €45

Fly, train  •  3h 8m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf

€85 - €343

Amsterdam to Dortmund by train

The train journey time between Amsterdam and Dortmund is around 2h 48m and covers a distance of around 236 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 48m. Operated by Dutch Railways (NS), Eurobahn, National Express and others, the Amsterdam to Dortmund train service departs from Amsterdam Centraal and arrives in Dortmund Hbf. Typically 41 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 48m
Fastest train time:
2h 48m
Train distance:
236 km
Trains per week:
41
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
12 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:38
Last train departs at:
18:38

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Amsterdam to Dortmund train schedules

Netherlands → Germany
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International entry into Germany from Netherlands

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Germany, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Paraguay, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

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Conditions of entry into Germany from Netherlands

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Netherlands
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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Greece: South Aegean

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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, India, Netherlands, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, Spain and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
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  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
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  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Andorra, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, India, Netherlands, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain and United Kingdom
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
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Rules to follow in Germany

1.5m

Mandatory

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Considerations leaving from Netherlands

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Germany from Netherlands.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Dortmund is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Dortmund is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Dortmund is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, returning to Netherlands from Germany is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 31 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Dortmund is to rideshare which costs €14 and takes 3h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Dortmund is to drive which costs €30 - €45 and takes 2h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Amsterdam Sloterdijk and arriving at Dortmund central bus station station. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Amsterdam to Dortmund. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Dortmund Hbf via Oberhausen Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 38m.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Dortmund is 201 km. The road distance is 241 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Dortmund without a car is to train which takes 2h 38m and costs €22 - €60.

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It takes approximately 2h 38m to get from Amsterdam to Dortmund, including transfers.

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

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Amsterdam to Dortmund train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Amsterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Dortmund is to train which takes 2h 38m and costs €22 - €60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €14 - €18 and takes 3h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Dortmund.
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  • Distance: 200.8 km
  • Duration: 2h 38m

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

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Dortmund via Oberhausen Hbf in around 2h 38m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Dortmund central bus station 4 times a day. Tickets cost €14 - €18 and the journey takes 3h 35m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €340
Train operators
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 Amsterdam Centraal to Oberhausen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€19 - €45
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€19 - €27
1st Class
€30 - €45
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Arnhem Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€13 - €30
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€13 - €19
1st Class
€22 - €30
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Oberhausen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3 - €5
Website
Eurobahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€4 - €7
Website
Eurobahn
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Oberhausen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Oberhausen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Oberhausen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Arnhem Centraal to Oberhausen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from Oberhausen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€20 - €28
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€11 - €17
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €80
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €60
Comfort
€55 - €70
Premium
€55 - €80
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Dortmund central bus station
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €18
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Amsterdam to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€14
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Amsterdam to Dortmund bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Dortmund central bus station.

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Amsterdam to Dortmund train services, operated by Eurobahn, arrive at Dortmund Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam to Dortmund is 241 km. It takes approximately 2h 25m to drive from Amsterdam to Dortmund.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 123+ hotels available in Dortmund. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Amsterdam and Dortmund. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs €6 - €13.

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