There are 7 ways to get from Leuven to Dortmund by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Cologne  •  3h 53m

  1. Take the train from Louvain / Leuven to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Liage-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Ic / ...

43€ - 196€

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Bus  •  5h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Leuven to Maastricht N84
  2. Take the bus from Maastricht to Dortmund 1304

19€ - 23€

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Train  •  5h 2m

  1. Take the train from Louvain / Leuven to Welkenraedt Ic
  2. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Re / ...

25€ - 141€

Train, bus  •  6h 14m

  1. Take the train from Louvain / Leuven to Hasselt Ic / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hasselt Station perron 10 to Maastricht Station perron D 20a / ...
  3. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Re1

26€ - 66€

Drive  •  2h 22m

  1. Drive from Leuven to Dortmund 243.8 km

29€ - 45€

Train, train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5h 51m

  1. Take the train from Louvain / Leuven to Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal
  2. Take the train from Anvers-Central to Schiphol Airport
  3. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  4. Take the train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf

141€ - 403€

Fly Brussels to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 51m

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Frankfurt (FRA) BRU - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Dortmund Hbf

117€ - 358€

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The cheapest way to get from Leuven to Dortmund is to bus which costs 18€ - 24€ and takes 5h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Leuven to Dortmund is to drive which costs 29€ - 45€ and takes 2h 22m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Leuven to Dortmund. However, there are services departing from Leuven and arriving at Dortmund via Maastricht. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Leuven to Dortmund. However, there are services departing from Louvain / Leuven and arriving at Dortmund Hbf via Liage-Guillemins and Koeln Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 53m.

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The distance between Leuven and Dortmund is 205 km. The road distance is 243.8 km.

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The best way to get from Leuven to Dortmund without a car is to train via Cologne which takes 3h 53m and costs 40€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 3h 53m to get from Leuven to Dortmund, including transfers.

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

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Leuven to Dortmund train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), depart from Louvain / Leuven station.

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The best way to get from Leuven to Dortmund is to train via Cologne which takes 3h 53m and costs 40€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 18€ - 24€ and takes 5h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Leuven to Dortmund.
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  • Distance: 205.2 km
  • Duration: 3h 53m

What companies run services between Leuven, Belgium and Dortmund, Germany?

You can take a train from Leuven to Dortmund via Liage-Guillemins and Koeln Hbf in around 3h 53m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Leuven to Dortmund via Maastricht in around 5h 50m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 470€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 650€
Train operators
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Louvain / Leuven to Liège-Guillemins / Luik-Guillemins
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
8€ - 12€
1st Class
12€ - 18€
Train from Louvain / Leuven to Welkenraedt
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
1st Class
16€ - 24€
Train from Louvain / Leuven to Hasselt
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 11€
1st Class
11€ - 16€
Train from Louvain / Leuven to Anvers-Central / Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
7€ - 10€
1st Class
10€ - 16€
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Liage-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 95€
Website
Thalys
Standard
50€ - 70€
Comfort
60€ - 80€
Premium
70€ - 95€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 90€
Website
Thalys
Standard
45€ - 65€
Comfort
55€ - 75€
Premium
60€ - 90€
Train from Aachen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
55€ - 120€
Website
Thalys
Standard
55€ - 80€
Comfort
70€ - 90€
Premium
80€ - 120€
Train from Anvers-Central to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 110€
Website
Thalys
Standard
50€ - 75€
Comfort
65€ - 85€
Premium
75€ - 110€
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 Liage-Guillemins to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Aachen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
60€ - 90€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 17€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
16€ - 22€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Dortmund, Dortmund central station
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
7€ - 9€
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Aachen, Aachen central train station to Dortmund, Dortmund central station
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
10€ - 14€
Website
Flixtrain
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
21€ - 26€
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 20€
Website
National Express Rail
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 Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
30€ - 60€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
AR Abellio Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
AR Abellio Rail NRW GmbH
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
AR Abellio Rail NRW GmbH
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 Leuven to Maastricht
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Maastricht to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
De Lijn
Phone
070 220 200
Email
delijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Hasselt Station perron 10 to Maastricht Station perron D
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
3€
Website
De Lijn

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

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Leuven to Dortmund train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, arrive at Dortmund Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Leuven to Dortmund is 244 km. It takes approximately 2h 22m to drive from Leuven to Dortmund.

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