There are 6 ways to get from Dortmund to Calais by train, bus, bus and ferry, car or plane

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Train Thalys  •  7 h

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof to Brussels - Midi
  2. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Gare de Lille Europe
  3. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville

$141 - $208

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Bus  •  10 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Bochum to Brussels, Brussels-North station 081
  2. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Calais 1753

$38 - $65

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Train via Köln Hbf  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Köln Hbf Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid Ice
  3. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Gare de Lille Europe
  4. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun Tgv

$127 - $207

Bus, bus and ferry  •  9 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Essen - Hauptbahnhof to Lille
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Lille to Calais

$105 - $157

Drive  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Dortmund to Calais 277.5 miles

$55 - $90

Train, fly  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to London City (LCY) DUS - LCY
  3. Take the train from Ebbsfleet International Eurostar to Calais-Fréthun

$146 - $421

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The cheapest way to get from Dortmund to Calais is to bus which costs 30€ - 55€ and takes 10 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Dortmund to Calais is to drive which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 4 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Dortmund to Calais. However, there are services departing from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Calais Ville via Brussels - Midi and Lille Flandres. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h.

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The distance between Dortmund and Calais is 395 km. The road distance is 444 km.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Calais without a car is to train which takes 7 h and costs 120€ - 180€.

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It takes approximately 7 h to get from Dortmund to Calais, including transfers.

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Dortmund to Calais train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Calais is to train which takes 7 h and costs 120€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 55€ and takes 10 h 39 min.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to London City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Dortmund to Calais train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Calais Ville station.

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Map of how to get from Dortmund to Calais.
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  • Distance: 247.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h

What companies run services between Dortmund, Germany and Calais, France?

You can take a train from Dortmund to Calais via Brussels - Midi, Gare de Lille Europe, and Lille Flandres in around 7 h. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Dortmund to Calais via Bochum Hbf, Bochum, and Brussels, Brussels-North station in around 10 h 39 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London City
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London City
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $460
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to London City via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof to Brussels - Midi
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$90 - $130
1st Class
$130 - $180
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$30 - $55
1st Class
$55 - $70
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Brussels - Midi to Gare de Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $31
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$26 - $31
1st Class
$45 - $48
Train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $31
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$25 - $31
1st Class
$44 - $46
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$28 - $45
Train from Lille Europe to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$28 - $45
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 Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brussels Midi-Zuid
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $29
Schedules at
bahn.de
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Ebbsfleet International Eurostar to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$35 - $70
Premier
$76 - $81
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Essen - Hauptbahnhof to Lille
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
eurolines.de
Low
$56
High
$59
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus and ferry from Lille to Calais
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
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 Bochum to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Calais
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Dortmund to Calais is 444 km. It takes approximately 4 h 10 min to drive from Dortmund to Calais.

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KLM, Flybe and British Airways offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to London City Airport.

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