Dortmund - Essential Information
Dortmund’s airport is located 13 km east of the city at Flughafenring 11, +49 231 921 301, www.flughafen-dortmund.de. There are regular bus services running between the airport and the city bus station, located opposite the main train station. Journey time around 25 minutes. The first bus from Dortmund departs at 4.30 am, the last bus departs at 10 pm. A current bus timetable can be downloaded from the airport website. Look for ’airport express’ (the airport shuttle refers to the connection with the local railway station).
An alternative, but slower, route is to take the city bus 440 at the airport and then change at Aplerbeck station for the U47 metro. Taxis take around 15 minutes. There are also a 5-minute bus shuttle service connecting the airport with the local railway station, Holzwickede. From here you can catch a regular train into Dortmund. Trains run approximately 8 every hour. The buses run at 15-20 minute intervals.
Dortmund has a transport system befitting a contemporary city: buses, streetcars/trams (the S-Bahn), the metro or city train (U) and the funky monorail, the H-Bahn, at the university. You can get around the heart of the city centre on foot. For ease, pick up the Dortmund TouristCard, which gives free public transport within a designated area and, of course, entry into many museums.
Buy at the tourist office or online:
Deutsche Post are located on Kaiserstrasse, at both 59 and 107. Smaller offices are dotted around the city, often with machines to buy stamps.
The local newspapers have details on which pharmacy is open for emergencies, or alternatively call 0190 2 34 500 for information on the nearest pharmacy.
Country code: +49
Area code: 0231