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

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  •  6h 44m

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Hbf Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Ice
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Calais Frethun Eil

123€ - 564€

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Night bus  •  7h 25m

  1. Take the night bus from Dortmund to Calais, Calais Terminal Ferry N80

23€ - 29€

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Train via Lille  •  7h 20m

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Calais Ville Ter

126€ - 522€

Bus  •  9h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Essen to Brussels, Brussels-North station 081 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Calais 825 / ...

30€ - 38€

Bus, train  •  10h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Dortmund to Lille
  2. Take the train from Gare de Lille Flandres to Gare de Hazebrouck
  3. Take the train from Gare de Hazebrouck to Gare de Calais Ville

60€ - 90€

Drive  •  4h 9m

  1. Drive from Dortmund to Calais 443.6 km

50€ - 80€

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The cheapest way to get from Dortmund to Calais is to night bus which costs 23€ - 29€ and takes 7h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Dortmund to Calais is to drive which costs 50€ - 80€ and takes 4h 9m.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Dortmund and arriving at Calais, Calais Terminal Ferry. This bus operates Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 7h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Dortmund to Calais. However, there are services departing from Dortmund Hbf and arriving at Les Fontinettes via Koeln Hbf, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and Calais Frethun. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 44m.

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The distance between Dortmund and Calais is 395 km. The road distance is 443.6 km.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Calais without a car is to train which takes 6h 44m and costs 120€ - 600€.

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It takes approximately 6h 44m to get from Dortmund to Calais, including transfers.

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

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Dortmund to Calais train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, depart from Dortmund Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Calais is to train which takes 6h 44m and costs 120€ - 600€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 40€ and takes 9h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Dortmund to Calais.
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  • Distance: 395.5 km
  • Duration: 6h 44m

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

You can take a train from Dortmund to Calais via Koeln Hbf, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, and Calais Frethun in around 6h 44m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Dortmund to Calais via Essen and Brussels, Brussels-North station in around 9h 55m.

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 Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Dortmund, Dortmund central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
7€ - 9€
Website
Flixtrain
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 90€
Website
Thalys
Standard
45€ - 65€
Comfort
55€ - 75€
Premium
60€ - 90€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
65€ - 130€
Website
Thalys
Standard
65€ - 90€
Comfort
75€ - 100€
Premium
90€ - 130€
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
80€ - 170€
Website
Thalys
Standard
80€ - 120€
Comfort
95€ - 130€
Premium
120€ - 170€
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity
Website
bahn.com
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Calais Frethun
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
75€ - 340€
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
290€ - 340€
Standard
75€ - 95€
Standard Premier
120€ - 150€
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
60€ - 330€
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
290€ - 330€
Standard
60€ - 75€
Standard Premier
100€ - 130€
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. 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
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
16€ - 28€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
16€ - 20€
1st Class
26€ - 28€
Train from Gare de Lille Flandres to Gare de Hazebrouck
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 15€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
8€ - 10€
1st Class
10€ - 15€
Train from Gare de Hazebrouck to Gare de Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 19€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
11€ - 13€
1st Class
15€ - 19€
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Essen to Brussels, Brussels-North station
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
13€ - 17€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Calais
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Dortmund to Calais, Calais Terminal Ferry
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
23€ - 29€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Dortmund to Lille
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
eurolines.de
Low
50€
High
55€

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

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Dortmund to Calais train services, operated by Eurostar, arrive at Calais Frethun station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Dortmund to Calais is 444 km. It takes approximately 4h 9m to drive from Dortmund to Calais.

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There are 282+ hotels available in Calais. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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