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There are 8 ways to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund by plane, train, bus and ferry, bus, car, car train or car ferry

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Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  2h 28m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LHR - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf

49€ - 292€

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Bus and ferry, bus  •  14h 5m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from London to Duisburg
  2. Take the bus from Duisburg Mercatorstrasse to Dortmund Central Bus Station Bonn-Lesko 1 / ...

30€ - 48€

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Fly to Cologne Bonn, train  •  3h 1m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) LHR - CGN
  2. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf

54€ - 331€

Train via Cologne  •  8h 3m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Ic / ...

151€ - 575€

Train  •  8h 41m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Dortmund Hbf Thalys

184€ - 525€

Bus  •  16h 48m

  1. Take the bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Brussels, Gare du Midi RegioJet
  2. Take the bus from Brussels South to Dortmund central bus station N1153

34€ - 52€

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  6h 24m

  1. Drive from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Dortmund

215€ - 252€

Drive, car ferry  •  7h 56m

  1. Drive from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
  3. Drive from Dunkirk to Dortmund

139€ - 247€

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Dortmund is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Dortmund is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Dortmund is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Germany.

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Last updated: 8 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund is to bus and ferry and bus which costs £25 - £45 and takes 14h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund is to fly and train which costs £40 - £260 and takes 2h 28m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund station. However, there are services departing from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and arriving at Dortmund Central Bus Station via London and Duisburg Mercatorstrasse. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) station to Dortmund. However, there are services departing from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 station and arriving at Dortmund Hbf via London St Pancras Eurostar, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and Koeln Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 3m.

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The distance between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Dortmund is 548 km.

The best way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund without a car is to train via Cologne which takes 8h 3m and costs £130 - £500.

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It takes approximately 2h 28m to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund, including transfers.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from London station.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from London St Pancras Eurostar station.

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The best way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund is to train via Cologne which takes 8h 3m and costs £130 - £500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £29 - £45 and takes 16h 48m.

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Map of how to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund.
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  • Distance: 548 km
  • Duration: 2h 28m

What companies run services between London Heathrow Airport (LHR), England and Dortmund, Germany?

You can take a train from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund via King's Cross St. Pancras station, London St Pancras Eurostar, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, and Koeln Hbf in around 8h 3m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Dortmund via London Victoria Coach Station, London, Victoria Green Line Station, Brussels, Gare du Midi, and Brussels South in around 16h 48m.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 330€
Flights from London Heathrow to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 95€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 130€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 460€
Train operators
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Train from Köln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
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 Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
20€ - 28€
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 Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from Köln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
National Express Rail
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 7€
Website
Eurobahn
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
11€ - 17€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 80€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 60€
Comfort
55€ - 70€
Premium
55€ - 80€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
45€ - 90€
Website
Thalys
Standard
45€ - 65€
Comfort
55€ - 75€
Premium
60€ - 90€
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
65€ - 130€
Website
Thalys
Standard
65€ - 90€
Comfort
75€ - 100€
Premium
90€ - 130€
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80€ - 170€
Website
Thalys
Standard
80€ - 120€
Comfort
95€ - 130€
Premium
120€ - 170€
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 23m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
16€ - 22€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
7€ - 9€
Website
Flixtrain
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 16m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 60€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
153€
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Duisburg
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
19€ - 27€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Mądeltrans Eurolines
Phone
+48 14 6 571 777
Email
linia@madeltrans.com.pl
Website
madeltrans.pl
Bus from Duisburg Mercatorstrasse to Dortmund Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
4€ - 8€
Website
Mądeltrans Eurolines
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 Duisburg central train station to Dortmund central bus station
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
6€ - 8€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Brussels South to Dortmund central bus station
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
18€ - 23€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Brussels, Gare du Midi
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
Website
RegioJet
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 150€
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
75€ - 150€
Standard Car - Flexi
130€ - 170€

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