Dortmund travel guide

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You're Going to Love Dortmund

With a population of 588.462, Dortmund is a must-see destination in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Dortmund has to offer.

Where to Eat in Dortmund

Hörde is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Dortmund. These include popular favourites such as Restaurant Palmgarden (Hohensyburgstrasse 200), PURiNO Dortmund Phoenix Arcaden (Antonio-Segni Strasse 11) and Rustique at L'Arrivée Hotel & Spa (Wittbräucker Str. 565). If you’re looking for affordable options, Mongo's Dortmund (Lindemannstr. 78) and Rodenberg 1770 (Rodenbergstraße 50) are great picks. For delicious green meals, SAUSALITOS Dortmund (Kleppingstraße 20) and Pizzeria De Rosa (Rheinische Str. 12) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Dortmund.

When to visit Dortmund

Dortmund in January
Estimated hotel price
$145
1 night at 3-star hotel
Dortmund in January
Estimated hotel price
$145
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Dortmund in July, when the average temperature is 18 °C, and the highest can go up to 22 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 0 °C, with an average temperature of 2 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 93 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Dortmund, with an average rainfall of 54 mm.

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How to Get to Dortmund

Plane

When flying to Dortmund, you’ll arrive at Dortmund (DTM), which is located 10 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Dortmund from Australia departs from Melbourne and takes around 27h 35m.

Train

Deutsche Bahn is the most popular train carrier serving Dortmund, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Dortmund to Hamburg takes 2h 45m and costs around $33 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Berlin, expect to pay about $35 for a 3h 11m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Dortmund Hauptbahnhof is the busiest station in Dortmund. Another popular train station is Dortmund Dorstfeld, located 2.9 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Dortmund is to pick up a car hire from Frankfurt am Main, which is about 178 km from Dortmund. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Europcar, among others, in Frankfurt am Main.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Dortmund, including FlixBus, Sindbad and Union Ivkoni. From Frankfurt am Main, the bus ride to Dortmund takes 314 km and will cost you around $57. From Amsterdam, the ticket costs about $30 for a journey of 410 km.

Plane

When flying to Dortmund, you’ll arrive at Dortmund (DTM), which is located 10 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Dortmund from Australia departs from Melbourne and takes around 27h 35m.

Train

Deutsche Bahn is the most popular train carrier serving Dortmund, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Dortmund to Hamburg takes 2h 45m and costs around $33 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Berlin, expect to pay about $35 for a 3h 11m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Dortmund Hauptbahnhof is the busiest station in Dortmund. Another popular train station is Dortmund Dorstfeld, located 2.9 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Dortmund is to pick up a car hire from Frankfurt am Main, which is about 178 km from Dortmund. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Europcar, among others, in Frankfurt am Main.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Dortmund, including FlixBus, Sindbad and Union Ivkoni. From Frankfurt am Main, the bus ride to Dortmund takes 314 km and will cost you around $57. From Amsterdam, the ticket costs about $30 for a journey of 410 km.

Airports near Dortmund

Airlines serving Dortmund

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (961 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,674 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,235 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (481 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,605 reviews)
Air France
Good (983 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,113 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,989 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,406 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,065 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (792 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,176 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (413 reviews)
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Where to stay in Dortmund

Average rates range from around $120 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $190 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Dortmund, with prices from $36 to $2,637 per night. Lütgendortmund is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Dortmund are about 22% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Dortmund

Most booked hotels in Dortmund

stays design Hotel Dortmund
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$88+
Hotel Unique Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
4 stars
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
$84+
Mercure Hotel Hagen
4 stars
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
$122+
Hotel Excelsior Dortmund
3 stars
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
$66+
A&O Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
2 stars
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
$36+

Hiring a car in Dortmund

Hiring a car in Dortmund costs $113 per day, on average, or $339 if you want to hire it for 3 days.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 6% cheaper than airport locations in Dortmund.

Expect to pay $2.79 per litre in Dortmund (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $33.47 and $44.63. The most frequently booked car type in Dortmund is Compact (Volkswagen Golf or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Opel Crossland X or similar) is, on average, 77% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Dortmund costs $113 per day, on average, or $339 if you want to hire it for 3 days.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 6% cheaper than airport locations in Dortmund.

Expect to pay $2.79 per litre in Dortmund (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $33.47 and $44.63. The most frequently booked car type in Dortmund is Compact (Volkswagen Golf or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Opel Crossland X or similar) is, on average, 77% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.