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Travel Info & Tips Euro 2024 By Train: Dortmund

Euro 2024 By Train: Dortmund

All that's useful to know about traveling to and from the Euro 2024 matches in Dortmund by train

| Last Updated: 13 days ago
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Dortmund is the home of the German Football Museum, which is a five minute walk from Dortmund Hbf - the image above was taken by Rasulnrasul and downloaded from Wikimedia Commons.

to the BVB Stadion

The BVB stadium is around a 30min walk from the city's main railway station, Dortmund Hbf.
Simply follow the artificial lawn which will be laid along along the Fan Zone Friedensplatz to the stadium.

Though an alternative to the pedestrian route is to take a train to Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park station, which is within a five minute walk of the BVB Stadium.
It is a one-stop hop from Dortmund Hbf by Regio trains on routes:

  • RB52 heading to Lüdenscheid,
  • RB53 heading to Iserlohn and
  • RB59 heading to Soest.
    Combined the services provide five departures per hour, with the final train of the day back to Dortmund Hbf typically departing from Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park at 00:51.

The other alternative to heading to the stadium on foot, is to take trams on the U-Bahn network to the stop appropriately named Stadion.
Line U45 is direct to Stadion station from Dortmund Hbf - the U-Bahn is underground at Dortmund Hbf; and Line U46 goes from other stops in the city centre.

You can purchase tram tickets on the DSW21 website, the DSW21 app, at ticket machines in train stations, or, in larger stations, at staffed ticket counters.
Please note that you must validate most physical tickets before your journey.

Match ticket holders are also entitled to a 36 Hour Travel Pass across the entire VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr) and VRS (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg) networks at no additional cost.
The pass is valid from 06:00 on matchday until 18:00 the following day

Rail tickets for the journeys from and to Dortmund

The key things worth knowing about tickets to travel on trains to and from Dortmund.

  • Tickets for the Regio and S-Bahn trains can be purchased at the station on the day of travel - they can't be booked online as they're not discounted
  • The Regio and S-Bahn trains are available for travel direct between Dortmund and both Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen.
  • Tickets for the journeys involving the ICE or IC trains between Dortmund and Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig and Stuttgart can be booked online and are already available for travel during the tournament.
  • However, match ticket holders can book the DB Ticket Euro 2024 offer for journeys by ICE and IC trains at a flat rate price of €29.90 in 2nd class and €39.90 in 1st class - see the info below,

the DB Ticket Euro 2024

Those with match tickets are able to access a special type of ticket, the DB Ticket Euro 2024 for travel by ICE and IC train to the host city of the corresponding game - the train conductor will ask to see the rail ticket and the match ticket.
Though the tickets have limited availability per departure, so for the widest possible choice of trains, it will be best to book as far in advance as possible.
The key plus of these tickets is that they have a flat rate price for a one-way trip of €29.90 in 2nd class and €39.90 in 1st class; so when the cheapest prices of both types of Sparpreis tickets have sold out, these Euro 2024 tickets obviously become the cheapest option.
They're likely to money savers when travelling between Dortmund and Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig and Stuttgart.

If when looking up a journey on DB there are tickets available at a cheaper price than €29.90 in 2nd class and €39.90 in 1st class, they will be offered as an alternative.

The info on our general Euro2024 guide has step-by-step instructions on how to book these tickets.

seat reservations

The 1st class tickets include a seat reservation, which otherwise costs €5.90, but seat reservations are not included when booking the 2nd class DB Ticket Euro 2024 tickets - and a 2nd class seat reservation has an additional charge of €4;90.
If you don't reserve it will be possible to board a train with a 2nd class DB Ticket Euro 2024 ticket to find that no seats are available.
Note that once you factor in the reservation, the additional cost of a 1st class DB Ticket Euro 2024 ticket is only €5-6 - for longer journeys this extra cost will be worth every cent!

core terms and conditions

These Euro 2024 tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded - so book your accommodation before you arrange the rail travel.
U[p to four children aged 6 to 14 can travel with for free of charge with someone aged 15 and over who has purchased a Euro 2024 ticket.

book to travel on to the stadiums

To make the journeys to the stations / public transport stops by the stadiums easier to book, a dedicated journey look up service has been created.
It shows the names of the stations / stops closest to the stadiums in each of the Euro 2024 cities.
That's because the the DB Ticket Euro 2024 ticket can include the transfer on to the stops by the stadiums.
Though something to look out for, is that to book the DB Ticket Euro 2024 ticket, you need to:

  • copy the name of the stop
  • scroll up the page and click on the red 'Jetzt Ticket buchen' button
  • paste the name of the stadium stop into the 'to' box
  • follow the booking path - info on how to do this is available here.
    However, if you click on the name of the stadium stop on this look-up page, it will then be automatically included as the destination on DB's standard booking path - but if you proceed to book, you seemingly won't then see the DB Ticket Euro 2024 offer.

To and from Dortmund by train

The city's main station Dortmund Hbf has direct trains to all of the other cities that are staging matches during Euro 2024.

The teams playing in Dortmund will also be playing matches in the cities listed below:

to Berlin

typical journey time = around 3hr 45mins
usual daytime frequency = 1 or 2 x direct trains per hour

There are one or two ICE trains per hour in a journey time of around 3hr 45mins; the final train of the day typically departs at 00:33.
If you will be travelling direct to the Olympiastadion leave the train at Berlin-Spandau station and connect into a local S-Bahn train.

The DB Ticket Euro 2024 will be available for travel on this route - the general Euro 2024 guide explains how to book them.

to Düsseldorf

Attending the matches in Dusseldorf can be easily done as a day trip from Dortmund.

typical journey time = around 55 mins
usual daytime frequency = 4 x direct RE trains per hour

There are 1 or 2 x ICE trains per hour to Dusseldorf which have journey times of around 55 mins; plus there will be an additional train during the tournament which will depart Dortmund Hbf at 00:20.
There are also 4 x Regio (RE) trains per hour which also have a journey time of around 55 mins
When booking last minute tickets at the station, the Regio trains will be cheaper.
The Regio trains on line RE1 and RE3 are available 24 hours.

to and from Gelsenkirchen

Attending the matches in Gelsenkirchen can be easily done as a day trip from Dortmund.
typical journey time = around 25 mins
usual daytime frequency = 2 x direct RE trains per hour; 1 x direct S-Bahn train per hour

There are 2 x Regio trains per hour from Dortmund to Gelsenkirchen, line RB32 will be heading to Duisburg and line RE3 will be heading to Dusseldorf, the journey time is around 25 mins.
There is also an hourly S-Bahn service on line S2 with a journey time of around 35 mins, which will be heading to Essen.
Through the night the Regio and S-Bahn trains alternate to provide a 24hr service.

To Dortmund
There are 2 x Regio trains per hour from Dortmund to Gelsenkirchen, line RB32 will be heading to Duisburg and line RE3 will be heading to Dusseldorf, the journey time is around 25 mins.
There is also an hourly S-Bahn service on line S2 with a journey time of around 35 mins, which will be heading to Essen.
Through the night the Regio and S-Bahn trains alternate to provide a 24hr service.

to and from Hamburg

typical journey time = around 2hr 50 mins
usual daytime frequency = 1 x direct train per hour

There are hourly ICE trains from Dortmund to Hamburg which have a journey time of around 2hr 50mins; plus there will be an additional train during the tournament which will depart Dortmund Hbf at 01:28.

If you will be travelling direct to the Volksparkstadion from Dortmund a good option can be leaving the train when it arrives in Hamburg-Harburg station and connecting there for local S-Bahn trains on lines S3 and S5 to Stellingen - shuttles buses connect Stellingen station to the stadium.

The DB Ticket Euro 2024 will be available for travel on this route - the general Euro 2024 guide explains how to book them.

from Hamburg

There is typically 1 x ICE train per hour on the Hamburg ↔ Dortmund Hbf route and the journey time is around 2hr 45mins.

When heading to Dortmund the final train of the day typically departs from Hamburg Hbf at 22:46, but during the Euro 2024 tournament there will be an additional later train leaving at 23:48.
Both trains commence their journeys at Hamburg-Altona - at 22:28 and 23:32.

to and from Leipzig

typical journey time = around 4hr 50 mins
usual daytime frequency = 1 x direct train every other hour

There are IC trains or ICE trains from Dortmund to Leipzig with a journey time of around 4hr 50mins.
They depart every other hour with a usual final departure at 16:28; plus there will be an additional train during the tournament which will depart Dortmund Hbf at 01:42.

The DB Ticket Euro 2024 will be available for travel on this route - the general Euro 2024 guide explains how to book them.

from Leipzig

Trains depart from Leipzig Hbf for Dortmund Hbf every two hours during the day (in even hours), with a final departure at 16:38.
The first departure of the day is by an ICE train, but InterCity trains are used for the other departures - the journey time is around 4hr 55mins.

to and from Stuttgart

typical journey time = around 3hr 30 mins
usual daytime frequency = 1 x fast direct train every other hour

In even hours there are ICE trains from Dortmund to Stuttgart, which have a journey time of around 3hr 30mins - these trains are heading to München Hbf; the final departure of the day is at 22:36.
In most odd hours there are ICE or IC trains which have a journey time of around 4hr 45mins, but they take the more scenic, non high-speed route through the Rhine Gorge.

The DB Ticket Euro 2024 will be available for travel on any route between these two cities - the general Euro 2024 guide explains how to book them.

from Stuttgart

During the day between 07:45 and 18:45 there are ICE trains in most hours which travel from Stuttgart to Dortmund Hbf, which use the high speed line between Frankfurt and Cologne, so have a journey time of around 3hr 30mins.
The final departure of the day is usually shortly after 18:30, but during the tournament there will be an additional later train which will depart Stuttgart at 21:51.
Plus there is a regularly timetabled train which departs Stuttgart at 02:22 and arrives into Dortmund at around 07:20.

There are also a mix of IC trains and ICE trains which take a longer, but more scenic, route through the Rhine Gorge, so have a journey time of around 4hr 45mins.

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