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Route Description

By Car

The campus of the Universität Dortmund is situated close to the motorway intersection Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. That's how the university is connected to the west with the motorway network of the Ruhr Area and beyond that to the regions of the Lower Rhine and the Netherlands. In the eastern direction the B 1 leads through Dortmund until it reaches Unna. There are connections with the motorways leading to Bremen, Hannover/Berlin and Kassel. After a few kilometres to the north, the A 45 leads into the A 2, going to the Kamener Kreuz and in the other direction to Oberhausen. At the Westhofener Kreuz, south of the university, the A 45 crosses the A 2, leading to Bremen and Köln. The best motorway exit you find on the A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to the Campus Süd) and on the B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to the Campus Nord). There are signs at both exits leading you to the university. The local road network is equipped with signs leading you to the Campus Nord and the Campus Süd. To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car there is only a small winding road (Vogelpothsweg / Baroper Straße). Out of consideration for the residents the speed limit is 30 km/h. It is more advisable to leave the car on one of the car parks and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system) on the campus.

By Train

The university has its own suburban train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there suburban trains leave for the Dortmund main station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) and the Düsseldorf main station via the Düsseldorf Airport train station (take the S-Bahn number 1 which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is within easy reach from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg. During the semester there are additional suburban trains shuttling back and forth between Dortmund and Bochum. Above that you can get from the Dortmund city to the university by bus or tram: from the Dortmund main station you get to the stop "Stadtgarten" using one of the underground routes U41, U45, U47 or U49 from there to the stop "An der Palmweide" using the underground route U42 and from there finally to the stop "Dortmund Universität Straße" using the bus number 468 or 447. Another possibility is to take the underground routes mentioned above from the main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße", from there to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße" using the tram number 403 and from there finally to the stop "Dortmund Universität Strasse" using the bus number 447. For individual timetable information about the public passenger traffic see the homepage of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (that is the regional public transportation system; click www.vrr.de).

By Plane

From the Dortmund airport (www.flughafen-dortmund.de) you can fly to several places in Central Europe. There are regular air connections with, e.g., Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Kraków, Leibzig-Halle, London, München, Nürnberg, Paris, Poznán, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. To get from the Dortmund airport to the campus, approximately 20 kilometres apart, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway station "Bahnhof Holzwickede" from which trains depart to the Dortmund main station (for your individual timetable click again www.vrr.de). Normally it is faster to use a cab (Taxi). The Rhein-Ruhr-Airport in Düsseldorf (click www.duesseldorf-international.de) , 60 kilometres away from Dortmund, offers far more air connections. It can be reached directly from the university's train station using the S-Bahn number 1. A faster alternative is to use the S-Bahn to the Dortmund main station and then take a train to Düsseldorf, which does not stop as often as the S-Bahn (e.g., a "Regional Express").

The H-Bahn (suspended monorail system)

The H-Bahn is one of the symbols of the university. There are two stations on the Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly above the suburban train station "Dortmund Universität" and can easily be reached from there by lift. The other one ("Campus Nord") is situated in the centre of the Campus Nord, at the bridge between the university library and the student restaurant, right beside the Audimax. The H-Bahn leaves from the station "Campus Nord" to the station "Dortmund Technologiezentrum" and in the opposite direction to the station "Dortmund Eichlinghofen" via "Campus Süd". From the station "Dortmund Eichlinghofen" the bus number 440 takes you directly to the Dortmund airport (click www.flughafen-dortmund.de).