There are 7 ways to get from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 26m

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

55€ - 90€

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Rideshare  •  2h 40m

  1. Take the rideshare from Dortmund to Frankfurt 216.4 km

8€ - 18€

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Bus  •  3h

  1. Take the bus from Dortmund to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station 017 / ...

12€ - 20€

Train via Troisdorf  •  3h 13m

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Siegburg/Bonn Ice
  2. Take the train from Siegburg/Bonn to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

49€ - 94€

Drive  •  2h 15m

  1. Drive from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main 220.6 km

26€ - 40€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  3h 6m

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA

83€ - 244€

Train to Paderborn, fly  •  3h 24m

  1. Take the train from Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park to Salzkotten
  2. Fly from Paderborn (PAD) to Frankfurt (FRA) PAD - FRA

105€ - 219€

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The cheapest way to get from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main is to rideshare which costs 8€ - 18€ and takes 2h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main is to drive which costs 26€ - 40€ and takes 2h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Dortmund and arriving at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Dortmund Hbf and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 26m.

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The distance between Dortmund and Frankfurt am Main is 178 km. The road distance is 220.6 km.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main without a car is to train which takes 2h 26m and costs 55€ - 90€.

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The train from Dortmund Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 2h 26m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Dortmund station.

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Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Dortmund Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main is to train which takes 2h 26m and costs 55€ - 90€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 12€ - 20€ and takes 3h.

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  • Distance: 177.6 km
  • Duration: 2h 26m

What companies run services between Dortmund, Germany and Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main hourly. Tickets cost 55€ - 80€ and the journey takes 2h 26m. Deutsche Bahn Intercity also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main every 30 minutes. Tickets cost 16€ - 20€ and the journey takes 3h. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 290€
Flights from Paderborn to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
47 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
75€ - 320€
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Dortmund Hbf to Siegburg/Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Siegburg/Bonn to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Siegburg/Bonn to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
17€ - 40€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
17€ - 24€
1st Class
29€ - 40€
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park to Salzkotten
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
eurobahn.de
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 Dortmund to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Dortmund Central Bus Station to Frankfurt Main Central Train Station
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Karat-S
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Dortmund to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
Blablabus
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Dortmund to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 18€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main is 221 km. It takes approximately 2h 15m to drive from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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Book your Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main bus tickets online with FlixBus and Distribusion.

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There are 781+ hotels available in Frankfurt am Main. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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

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