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Bielefeld is easy to reach (see below) both by car and by train: every hour an intercity train on the route from Cologne/Bonn to Berlin stops at Bielefeld Hbf. Then you take "Stadtbahnlinie 4" with direction "Lohmannshof" till "Universität" (7 minutes).
Plan of Bielefeld "Stadtbahn-Netz" (in German)
From the north: You can take the A2 from Hannover to Dortmund, exit at "Bielefeld-Zentrum", follow the street signs towards the centre ("Zentrum"), and from there the University ("Universität") is signposted.
From the south: You can take the A2 from Dortmund to Hannover. At "Dreieck Bielefeld" on the A33 towards "Bielefeld-Zentrum", exit "Bielefeld-Zentrum", towards Zentrum on the B61, exit "Universität", way over Stapenhorststr., Kurt-Schumacher-Str. (is signposted).
The nearest international airports are Hannover (110 km), Düsseldorf (190 km) and Frankfurt (320 km). In Düsseldorf and Frankfurt there are train stations in the airport, Bielefeld can be reached from these and any other major town by trains running on an hourly schedule (IC or ICE on the train schedule).
If you arrive by plane, we would recommend the following airports (the ordering reflects our preferences):
Düsseldorf (approx. 190 km from Bielefeld)
At Düsseldorf airport there is a Skytrain which takes you from the terminal to Düsseldorf Airport Rail Station in approx. 5 minutes, departing frequently between 3:45 and 0.45 hours. Depending on the type of train you catch (direct or with change in Hamm or Duisburg) the journey takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Frankfurt (approx. 320 km from Bielefeld)
There are intercity trains from Frankfurt airport to Bielefeld (departure at least every hour with a change in Cologne or Hannover - journey time approx. 4 hours).
There is also the possibility of changing planes at Frankfurt and flying from there to Düsseldorf or Hannover. This is generally more expensive and does not necessarily save time.
Hannover (approx. 110 km from Bielefeld)
The suburban tram line S5 takes you in 12 minutes from Hannover airport to Hannover train station.
Intercity trains from Hannover to Bielefeld leave every hour. The journey takes approx. 50-60 minutes (it is not necessary to change the train).
Köln-Bonn (approx. 200 km from Bielefeld)
There is an hourly intercity train connection from Köln-Bonn airport to Bielefeld, taking approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Dortmund (approx. 110 km from Bielefeld)
You can either take a free shuttle bus from Dortmund airport to Holzwickede, which takes about 5 minutes and from there a local train to Bielefeld, changing in Hamm (travel time approx. 1 hour) or you take a shuttle to Dortmund main station (25 minutes) and from there a direct train to Bielefeld (travel time is a bit less than 1 hour).
Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport is located very close to the country´s main road network. With just a stone's throw away from the motorways A33 and A 44 you will find excellent road links making access easy and very convenient.
Plan of Bielefeld
moBiel - Transport company of Stadtwerke Bielefeld GmbH Timetable information, tickets and tariff information
VerkehrsVerbund OstWestfalenLippe - The VerkehrsVerbund OstWestfalenLippe (VVOWL) association was formed in 1995 to plan, coordinate and improve regional rail transport in the districts of Gütersloh, Herford, Lippe and Minden-Lübbecke and the city of Bielefeld.
Vehrkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr - Tips and information for new customers in local public transport. Journey Planner, Fares And Tickets
Portal for disabled travelers (in German)
Stduent traffic Group of Bielefeld University (in German)
TravelService of Deutsche Bahn AG
Traffic situation for North Rhine-Westphalia (in German)
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