Cologne to Dortmund: By Train, Boat or Bus?

Updated on October 25, 2023  


As I live near Cologne, friends visiting here often ask me about the most efficient and cost-effective way to travel to neighboring cities. One of the most common questions is "What's the best way to get from Cologne to Dortmund?"

Fortunately, there are plenty of options available from Cologne, whether it is by train, bus, car rental and even flight! Each one has its pros and cons, which I'll outline below.

So keep reading to find out the best ways to get from Cologne to Dortmund!