There are 6 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 20 min

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

$60 - $90

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Rideshare  •  2 h 38 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Dortmund 133.9 miles

$11 - $19

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Bus  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Dortmund N98 / ...

$12 - $21

Drive  •  2 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund 137 miles

$28 - $45

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  3 h 29 min

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

$87 - $298

Fly to Muenster, train  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Muenster (FMO) FRA - FMO
  2. Take the train from Münster(Westf)Hbf to Dortmund Hbf

$121 - $329

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station and arriving at Dortmund. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Dortmund Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 20 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Dortmund is 178 km. The road distance is 219.2 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund without a car is to train which takes 2 h 20 min and costs .

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The train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Dortmund Hbf takes 2 h 20 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund is to train which takes 2 h 20 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 h 50 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund.
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  • Distance: 111 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 20 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund hourly. Tickets cost $60 - $90 and the journey takes 2 h 20 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund every 2 hours. Tickets cost $12 - $21 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Flights from Frankfurt to Muenster
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $410
Train operators
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Münster(Westf)Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $27
Website
bahn.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $28
Schedules at
bahn.de
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Münster Hauptbahnhof to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
eurobahn.de
Bus operators
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Frankfurt to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
2 h 38 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Dortmund Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund is 219 km. It takes approximately 2 h 8 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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

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There are 321+ hotels available in Dortmund. Prices start at $55 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs .

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