When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Dortmund?
The most popular time to visit Dortmund is the summer, when temperatures are at their highest and the city is at its liveliest. In November and December Dortmund hosts its festive Christmas markets, making winter a lovely time to visit the city too. Springtime and autumn are shoulder seasons and the best months to find cheap flights to Dortmund.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Dortmund?
It’s best to book your Dortmund flights a month or two in advance to have the best choice of fares for return flights. It’s worth checking regularly for airlines’ promotions and offers and there may be last-minute flights available. You may be able to save money on flights to Dortmund by travelling on less popular days of the week or comparing direct flights and indirect routes.
Flying to Dortmund Airport DTM
Dortmund Airport (DTM) is located 13 kilometres east of Dortmund city centre. It serves Dortmund and the wider Ruhr region of northwest Germany. Dortmund Airport operates domestic and international flights to major cities in Germany, Europe and beyond. The airport handles around 96,000 passengers per year.
Lufthansa operates return flights to Dortmund from the UK, with one stop on the way in Munich. It’s worth checking the length of the stopover as the timings of connections can vary on the inbound and outbound journeys. You can book indirect flights to Dortmund Airport from London Heathrow and many other airports across the UK, including Bristol Airport, Glasgow International Airport, Manchester Airport, Southampton Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Birmingham Airport.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Dortmund Airport has one terminal which serves international and domestic Dortmund flights. Arrivals are located on the ground floor, and departures on level one. On the second floor there is a restaurant and a terrace. In the arrivals hall you’ll find the baggage reclaim area, customs, and car hire agencies. The departure zone on level one has 28 check-in desks and the information desk as well as various shops and cafes are located by the entrance and exit on this level. DTM offers various amenities and services for travellers, including cash machines, baby-changing facilities, prepaid Wi-Fi and loan buggies for transporting babies and toddlers.
Getting to the City from Dortmund Airport DTM
You can reach Dortmund city centre from the airport either by public transport or taxi. The Airport Express bus connects Dortmund Airport with the city’s central railway station, where you can then catch the subway or overground trains to other parts of the city. The journey takes about 25 minutes. There’s also a shuttle bus service between Dortmund Airport and the nearby Holzwickede station, where you can catch a train to Dortmund central station and other regional stops. Taxis are available from the taxi rank outside the terminal building at the arrivals level and car hire agencies have their desks in the arrivals hall at the airport.
Why Visit Dortmund?
Dortmund is the largest city in Germany’s Ruhr region and is perhaps most famous for its legendary football club, Borussia Dortmund. The city attracts British travellers for leisure and business. One of its most popular attractions is the German Museum of Football, where you can retrace the history of football from the German national team’s World Cup adventures, to the ins and outs of the Bundesliga. It includes a hall of fame devoted to the biggest names in German football.
Elsewhere, explore Dortmund’s fascinating industrial history at the Zeche Zollern, a former colliery with beautiful art nouveau architecture, now a museum dedicated to the Ruhr region’s mining past. Dortmund has a long-standing history as a brewing city and its beer houses are still going strong. You can take a guided tour of the local Hövels brewery, or head to the Brewery Museum, before relaxing with a beer and a currywurst in one of the city’s traditional beer gardens.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to any country in the EU – you can stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You just need to make sure that your passport has at least six months validity left, on the day you travel. If you plan to stay in Dortmund for longer than three months, you’ll need to register with the German authorities. The local currency in Dortmund is the euro. It’s a good idea to exchange some money in advance, especially if you plan to travel to your accommodation by taxi or public transport, as there are cash machines but no currency exchange facilities at DTM.