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There are 4 ways to get from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen by train, bus or car

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Train, bus  •  5h 4m

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Meppen Ic / ...
  3. Take the bus from Emmen, Station to Groningen, Hoofdstation, uitstaphalte 300

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Train via Rheine  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the train from Holzwickede to Rheine Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Rheine, Bahnhof to Hengelo 61 / ...
  3. Take the train from Hengelo to Zwolle
  4. Take the train from Zwolle to Groningen

Train  •  5h 29m

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Enschede Rb
  2. Take the train from Enschede to Zwolle
  3. Take the train from Zwolle to Groningen

Drive  •  2h 28m

  1. Drive from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen 254.5 km

Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen by bus and train

The journey time between Dortmund Airport (DTM) and Groningen is around 4h 43m and covers a distance of around 252 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 12m. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 55m. Operated by Dortmunder Stadtwerke Bus, DSW21-Dortmunder Stadtwerke AG, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and others, the Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen service departs from Dortmund Airport and arrives in Groningen, Hoofdstation, uitstaphalte. Typically 24 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
3h 30m
Layover time:
1h 12m
Total time:
4h 43m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
3h 55m
Journey distance:
252 km
Services per week:
24
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
20 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:00
Last service departs at:
14:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen bus and train schedules

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International entry into Netherlands from Germany

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
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Conditions of entry into Netherlands from Germany

  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from Germany
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Taiwan, Ukraine and Vatican
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Rules to follow in Netherlands

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Mandatory

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Considerations leaving from Germany

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Netherlands is currently allowed from Germany.

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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
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Groningen is 1351.

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

The social distance requirement in Groningen is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1351.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Germany from Netherlands.

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Last updated: 14 Sep 2021
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen is to drive, which costs €30 - €50 and takes 2h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen is to drive which costs €30 - €50 and takes 2h 28m.

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The distance between Dortmund Airport (DTM) and Groningen is 202 km. The road distance is 254.5 km.

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The best way to get from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen without a car is to train and bus which takes 5h 4m and costs €35 - €130.

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It takes approximately 5h 4m to get from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen is 254 km. It takes approximately 2h 28m to drive from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen.

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  • Distance: 202.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 4m

What companies run services between Dortmund Airport (DTM), Germany and Groningen, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Groningen via Holzwickede, Bahnhof, Holzwickede, Rheine, Rheine, Bahnhof, Hengelo, and Zwolle in around 5h 20m.

Train operators
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 Dortmund Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€18 - €26
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Meppen
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Dortmund Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Meppen
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Rheine to Hengelo
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3 - €6
Website
Eurobahn
Train from Rheine, Bahnhof to Hengelo
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3 - €5
Website
Eurobahn
DB Fernverkehr AG
Website
delfi.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Münster Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
delfi.de
Train from Münster Hauptbahnhof to Meppen, Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
delfi.de
Train from Rheine, Bahnhof to Hengelo
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
delfi.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€21 - €40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€12 - €17
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
WestfalenBahn GmbH
Phone
+49 521 55777755
Email
info@westfalenbahn.de
Website
westfalenbahn.de
Train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Meppen
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
WestfalenBahn GmbH
WestfalenBahn
Website
delfi.de
Train from Münster Hauptbahnhof to Meppen, Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
delfi.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Holzwickede to Rheine
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€22 - €27
Website
National Express Rail
Blauwnet
Phone
0900-9292
Website
blauwnet.nl
Train from Hengelo to Zwolle
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
Blauwnet
Train from Enschede to Zwolle
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
Blauwnet
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 Zwolle to Groningen
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€14 - €35
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€14 - €19
1st Class
€23 - €35
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 Dortmund Hbf to Enschede
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€17 - €24
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bahn DE
Phone
0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Enschede
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€21 - €30
Website
Bahn DE
Bus operators
Qbuzz
Phone
033 -4601580
Website
qbuzz.nl
Bus from Emmen, Station to Groningen, Hoofdstation, uitstaphalte
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
Qbuzz

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