Paris to Dortmund by train



From Paris Gare Du Nord/Paris Nord to Dortmund Hbf

Journey Summary

Travel Time
4hr 41min - 4hr 46min
Travel Information

Note that these trains depart from the Gare Du Nord.

Final Destination: Dortmund

Train also calls at: Dusseldorf and Essen
Dusseldorf and Essen are served by an additional 2 x trains per day from Paris.

Monday to Friday: 2 x trains per day (1 x train per day on Mon-Thurs Jan 10 - Mar 12)
Saturday: 1 x train
Sunday: 2 x trains (1 x train Jan 10 - Mar 12)


_Book in advance and save: YES

Online bookings usually open: up to 3 months ahead of the travel date_

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
B-Europe *

B-Europe Guide

B-Europe is the website provided by Belgium's national railway operator for the sale of international rail journeys from and to Belgium.
Therefore tickets can be booked for the following international train services to/from Belgium

  • Eurostar
  • IC trains to France, Luxembourg and The Netherlands
  • ICE trains to Germany
  • Thalys trains to Germany, The Netherlands and Paris
  • TGV trains to destination in France other than Paris
    B-Europe offers a 'Best Fares' policy for journey by these trains.

It also sells international end-to-end journeys solely by train, with connections outside of Belgium, if you will be heading to popular destinations in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Users of Eurail and InterRail passes can also book seat reservations on the Eurostar and Thalys services without paying booking fees.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

For a stress-free journey it's a good idea to be at the Gare Du Nord at least 20 minutes before departure as all passengers taking the Thalys trains have to pass through security checks.
So being at the back of the queue wondering if you'll be able to board in time is a scenario best avoided.

This is a fascinating journey of eight distinct phases.

  1. Around seven minutes after departure the train will move on to the high speed line and it will then travel at more than 280 km/h for around 80 minutes until it reaches the suburbs of Bruxelles; this is the fastest part of the trip.
  2. On departure from Bruxelles-Midi the train will cross the city centre in a tunnel.
  3. Then after Bruxlles-Nord the train will move on to a re-engineered railway until Leuven.
  4. Between Leuven and five minutes before arrival in Liege the train will travel up to 250 km/h on a high speed line.
  5. After Liege and until Aachen the train will again achieve speed in excess of 280 km/h as it heads over the border into Germany.
  6. Then from Aachen until the suburbs of Koln/Cologne, the train will travel at 200 kn/h on a re-engineered railway.
  7. Between Koln/Cologne and Dusseldorf the train travels across flat countryside.
  8. Then from Dusseldorf on to Dortmund, the train travels through a string of other cities.
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