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

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Train  •  2h 45m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Ice / ...

60€ - 100€

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Rideshare  •  3h 22m

  1. Take the rideshare from Mannheim to Dortmund 293.9 km

12€ - 20€

5 alternative options

Bus via Darmstadt  •  5h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Mannheim, Mannheim ZOB to Darmstadt 108 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Darmstadt to Dortmund N17 / ...

21€ - 25€

Bus  •  6h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Mannheim, Mannheim ZOB to Dortmund 017 / ...

19€ - 24€

Drive  •  2h 45m

  1. Drive from Mannheim to Dortmund 294.9 km

35€ - 55€

Train to Frankfurt, fly, train  •  3h 32m

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

87€ - 279€

Train to Stuttgart, fly, train  •  4h 35m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Dusseldorf (DUS) STR - DUS
  3. Take the train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf

84€ - 265€

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The cheapest way to get from Mannheim to Dortmund is to rideshare which costs 12€ - 20€ and takes 3h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Mannheim to Dortmund is to train which costs 60€ - 100€ and takes 2h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Mannheim, Mannheim ZOB and arriving at Dortmund. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Mannheim Hbf and arriving at Dortmund Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 45m.

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The distance between Mannheim and Dortmund is 236 km. The road distance is 294.9 km.

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The best way to get from Mannheim to Dortmund without a car is to train which takes 2h 45m and costs 60€ - 100€.

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The train from Mannheim Hbf to Dortmund Hbf takes 2h 45m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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What companies run services between Mannheim, Germany and Dortmund, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Mannheim Hbf to Dortmund Hbf every 2 hours. Tickets cost 65€ - 90€ and the journey takes 2h 45m. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Mannheim to Dortmund via Darmstadt in around 5h 19m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 310€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
75€ - 300€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 500€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 500€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 750€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 300€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 300€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 750€
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 Mannheim Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 29€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
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 Mannheim Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
70€ - 100€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
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 Mannheim Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
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 Mannheim Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
100€ - 190€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Düsseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 17€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
16€ - 22€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
32€ - 38€
1st Class
27€ - 33€
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Phone
0711 19449
Website
vvs.de
Train from Mannheim Hauptbahnhof to Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
11€ - 15€
Website
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
18€ - 28€
Website
Railjet
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 Mannheim, Mannheim ZOB to Darmstadt
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
6€ - 8€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Darmstadt to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 18€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Mannheim, Mannheim ZOB to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
19€ - 24€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Mannheim Central Bus Station to Dortmund Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
Karat-S
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Mannheim to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
12€ - 20€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The best way to get from Mannheim to Dortmund is to train which takes 2h 45m and costs 60€ - 100€. Alternatively, you can bus via Darmstadt, which costs 21€ - 26€ and takes 5h 19m.

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

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Mannheim to Dortmund train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Dortmund Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mannheim to Dortmund is 295 km. It takes approximately 2h 45m to drive from Mannheim to Dortmund.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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Book your Mannheim to Dortmund train tickets online with Omio and RailEurope.

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Book your Mannheim to Dortmund bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Distribusion.

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There are 404+ hotels available in Dortmund. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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

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