If you arrive from outside Europe, you will most probably land at Frankfurt Airport, the biggest international Airport in Germany. From here, the best option to continue your trip to Bielefeld is by train. Taking a connecting flight to an airport near Bielefeld is not recommended, as the time savings is minimal (see below Arriving at other Airports near Bielefeld).
To continue by train from Frankfurt Airport to Bielefeld, go to the long-distance train Station of the Deutsche Bahn (not to be confused with the train station for regional trains (Regionalbahn), see map of Frankfurt Airport). From here, trains in the direction to Bielefeld depart at least once per hour and it will take you around three hours by train to travel from Frankfurt Airport to Bielefeld Main Station. The fastest connection you will get by using the ICE trains and changing trains once in Cologne. You can purchase the train tickets at the long-distance train station on Level 3 of the AIRail Terminal or even at the regional train station in Terminal 1, B Concourse, Level 0. A one way ticket will cost you around 100 Euro. You can also use the AIRail Service, which means booking a connecting train together with your flight ticket. If you arrive at Frankfurt Airport by plane and have an AIRail ticket for continuing by train to Cologne, you can go right through the AIRail Terminal which is adjacent to the long-distance train station at Frankfurt Airport. You collect your bags from AIRail Terminal luggage claim and take it through customs there, before boarding the ICE train to Cologne, that is waiting for you.
Bielefeld does not have an own airport. However, the airports of
Paderborn-Lippstadt, Münster-Osnabrück, Düsseldorf, Köln/Bonn
and Hannover are very good choices if you arrive by plane from within Europe. From Düsseldorf and Köln/Bonn there are direct ICE trains going to Bielefeld Main Station. At Paderborn-Lippstadt, Münster-Osnabrück, and Hannover there are bus shuttle services to the next railway stations with connections to Bielefeld. Travelling from one of these airports to Bielefeld Main Station will take you between 1,5 and 2,5 hours.
If you have a lot of luggage or you are travelling with your family the airport transfer might be the most comfortable way to get to the airport. In Bielefeld there are several taxi and shuttle companies which offer transfers to every German airport. You can find an overview of teuto-taxi's prices to the closest airports in the following table:
|Paderborn/ Lippstadt||60 km||1h||69 €|
|Münster/ Osnabrück||90 km||1h 20Min.||103 €|
|Dortmund||103 km||1h 30Min.||118 €|
|Hannover/ Langenhagen||120 km||1h 20Min.||129 €|
|Düsseldorf||187 km||2h||215 €|
|Bremen||201 km||2h 30Min.||231 €|
These prices are for one transfer to an airport for up to four persons. If you want to make use of a transfer, you have to make a reservation at least 24h before your flight. The contact details and the homepage for further information of this company you find here:
Almost every taxi company will drive you to the airport, but teuto-taxi is one of the companies specialized in this department. The prices may differ depending on the number of persons and the airport.
Following up you find the contact details of two other companies in Bielefeld concentrating on airport transfers.
The Fahrservice Bielefeld is not a usual taxi company, but specialized for transfers. Their offers and regular prices you find here:
Phone:0521 208 0000
You can also try Flughafentransfer-OWL which offers airport transfers with smaller buses (6-20 persons). Their homepage features a calculator which directly tells you the price for the number of
Like with other companies you should book the transfer at least one day in advance. The contact details are:
If you arrive in Bielefeld from other German cities, going by train is surely the best way of transport. As Bielefeld has an ICE Station, it can be easily reached from many major cities using the fast ICE trains (Cologne-Bielefeld 2 hours, Berlin-Bielefeld 2,5 hours). Once you have arrived at Bielefeld Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof), you can take the tram, Route 4 (Stadtbahnlinie 4), to the university stop (Haltestelle Universität) (travel time: 7 minutes). To reach the tram station, you have to leave Bielefeld Main Station using the main exit and go straight ahead for approx. 60 meters until you reach the entrance to the underground tram station on your left side. Once you have descended to the intermediary level and purchased your ticket to university at one of the automatic selling machines, you can further descend to Platform 2, where tram Route 4 departs towards the university.
Of course, taxis are also always available directly in front of the Hauptbahnhof. Currently (January 2017) the trip to the university costs about 12 Euro.
If you arrive by car, you should leave Autobahn A2 at the Exit Bielefeld-Zentrum (city centre), then follow Detmolder Straße direction Zentrum (6 km, approx. 10 minutes). From the centre, the route to the university is signposted over Kreuzstraße, Oberntorwall, Stapenhorststraße, and Kurt-Schumacher-Straße.
On the Bielefeld University homepage you will find a city map as well as local transport timetables.