There are 5 ways to get from Rotterdam to Dortmund by train, night bus, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Duisburg Hbf
  3. Take the train from Duisburg Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Ice / ...

$63 - $99

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the night bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Utrecht N31
  2. Take the bus from Utrecht to Dortmund 056

$15 - $25

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to Duisburg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Duisburg Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Ice / ...

$64 - $89

Drive  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Dortmund 158.1 miles

$35 - $60

Train, fly  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  3. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Dortmund Hbf

$106 - $307

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Dortmund is to night bus and bus which costs 12€ - 22€ and takes 5 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Dortmund is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam to Dortmund. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS and arriving at Dortmund via Utrecht. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Dortmund. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Dortmund Hbf via Utrecht Centraal and Duisburg Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 43 min.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Dortmund is 211 km. The road distance is 252.9 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Dortmund without a car is to train which takes 3 h 43 min and costs 50€ - 85€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 43 min to get from Rotterdam to Dortmund, including transfers.

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

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Dortmund.
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  • Distance: 131.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 43 min

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Dortmund, Germany?

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Dortmund via Utrecht Centraal and Duisburg Hbf in around 3 h 43 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
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 Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Website
ns.nl
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eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
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 Utrecht Centraal to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $27
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $25
Schedules at
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $29
Schedules at
bahn.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
Night bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Utrecht
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Utrecht to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Rotterdam to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
eurolines.de

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