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How to find us

Arrival by car
Dortmund is situated at the eastern periphery of the Ruhr Area and is surrounded by one of Europe's most dense motorway networks that provides a good accessibility by car and bus.  Take A1 if you come from north and A1 or A45 if you get to Dortmund from the south. Arriving from west take A40 and A44 from east.

Lageplan Campus Süd © T.S. 2004

In the north, the A 45 ends after a few kilometers at the A 2, which leads to the Kamener Kreuz interchange on the one hand and in the direction of Oberhausen on the other. In a southerly direction, the A 45 offers another junction with the A 1 at the Westhofener Kreuz, which leads from Bremen to the Cologne area. The most convenient highway exits are on the A 45 in Dortmund-Eichlinghofen (closer to the South Campus) and on the B1 / A 40 in Dortmund-Dorstfeld (closer to the North Campus). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus North and Campus South.

To commute by car between the North Campus and the South Campus, the narrow and winding connection Vogelpothsweg / Baroper Straße remains. 30 km/h is the speed limit here, with consideration for the residents. It is often more advisable to park the vehicle in one of the parking lots and use the H-Bahn on campus (see below).

Arrival by train
The Dortmund central station (Hauptbahnhof) is one of the most important transportation hubs in Germany. Besides the hourly ICE connections to Cologne and Berlin and the two-hourly ICE connections to Munich, all the regional trains meet here and therefore ensure numerous connections to the region around Dortmund. A commuter train to the TU Dortmund University campus is running from here every 20 minutes. The city center is only a few minutes’ walk from the Dortmund main station. Plan your individual journey on Deutsche Bahn or VRR.

Arrival by plain
International flight connections are offered by Düsseldorf Airport (, which is about 60 km away and can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station. As a rule, however, it is quicker to reach Düsseldorf Airport if you first take the S-Bahn to Dortmund Central Station and then a faster connection to Düsseldorf Airport Station (e.g. a regional express train).

The H-Bahn
One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two end points on the north campus. One ("Dortmund Universität S")is located directly above the S-Bahn station "Dortmund Universität" and is easily accessible from there by elevators. The other ("Campus Nord")is located in the center of Campus Nord at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from the "Campus Nord" stop to the "Technologiezentrum" and in the other direction via the "Campus Süd" stop to the Eichlinghofen district (final stop "Dortmund Eichlinghofen").

Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund Central Station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.