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Dortmund - Frankfurt am Main Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 52 daily trains from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main. Traveling by train from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main usually takes around 3 hours and 44 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 2 hours and 26 minutes.

Distance111 mi (178 km)
Fastest train2h 26m
Lowest price£20.54
Trains per day16
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines4

Which train should you take from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main?

There are 4 train lines with service from Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia to Frankfurt am Main, Hesse. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 35 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity34h 2m£24.62
DB Intercity-Express103h 8m£43.62
Deutsche Bahn353h 45m£38.18
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company244h 8m£38.51

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main?

The distance between Dortmund and Frankfurt am Main is approximately 111 miles, or 178 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 44 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 26 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main are the most crowded on Tuesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Dortmund at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main?

There are 52 scheduled trains on most days. 16 of these are direct connections to Frankfurt am Main. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Frankfurt am Main to Dortmund. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Dortmund to Frankfurt am Main for £8.57.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Dortmund?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 6 stops and stations in Dortmund where you can board the train.

Train stations in Dortmund:

  • Dortmund-Kurl

  • Dortmund-Wickede

  • Dortmund-Wickede West

  • Dortmund-Lütgendortmund

  • Dortmund-Bövinghausen

Where is the train station in Frankfurt am Main?

Arrival stations

Frankfurt am Main receives travelers from Dortmund at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Frankfurt am Main:

  • Central Train Station

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