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Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung |
Center for Interdisciplinary Research
Universität Bielefeld | Bielefeld University
Methoden 1
33615 Bielefeld

Managing Director: Dr. Anika Haverig
Directorate's Secretary: Gaby Heißenberg

Travel Information train

Bielefeld Hbf, then take tram line subway/tram line 4 (destination Universität or Lohmannshof, approx. 7 minutes). From the tram stop Universität or Bültmannshof you can reach ZiF by walking up the hill behind the main building of the university. During the day, a bus goes from Bielefeld main station to ZiF (lines 61 to Werther/Halle or 62 to Borgholzhausen); the exit stop is Universität/Studentenwohnheim.

Timetable information for the Bielefeld tram lines

Network map of the Bielefeld tram lines

Taxis are always available directly in front of the main station (it takes approx. 10 minutes from the main station to ZiF). The fare to the university is currently around 16 euros.

From the north:

Motorway A2: Exit Bi-Ost, Detmolder Str. direction Zentrum (6 km, approx. 10 min). Route via Kreuzstr., Oberntorwall, Stapenhorststr., Wertherstr. until ZiF is signposted.

From the south:

Motorway A2: At the Bielefeld junction, take the A33 towards Bi-Zentrum, exit at Bi-Zentrum, follow the signs to the city centre on Ostwestfalendamm (B61), exit at Universität, follow Stapenhorststr., Wertherstr. until ZiF is signposted.

Next Airports:
Paderborn/Lippstadt & Hannover

(approx. 190 km from Bielefeld)

From Düsseldorf airport, the Skytrain will take you to the train station in about 5 minutes.
Depending on which train you take (direct or with a change in Hamm or Duisburg), the journey takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

(about 110 km to Bielefeld)

The S-Bahn line S5 takes you from Hanover Airport to the main railway station in Hanover city centre in 12 minutes.
Intercity trains from Hanover to Bielefeld run every hour. Project duration approx. 50-60 minutes (without changing trains).

Thanks to its central and very convenient location on the K37, in the middle of East Westphalia between the cities of Paderborn (20 km) and Lippstadt (26 km), Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport can be reached quickly and easily from all directions.

(about 110 km to Bielefeld)

You can either take a free shuttle bus from Dortmund Airport to Holzwickede, and from there a regional train to Bielefeld,
changing in Hamm (time about 1 hour) or take a shuttle bus to Dortmund Main Station (project duration: 25 minutes) and
from there a through train to Bielefeld (project duration: less than an hour).

Frankfurt am Main
(approx. 320 km from Bielefeld)

There are Intercity connections from Frankfurt Airport to Bielefeld (departure every hour with change in Cologne or Hanover -
journey time approx. 4 hours).

(about 200 km to Bielefeld)

Intercity trains run every hour from Cologne-Bonn Airport to Bielefeld, approximate project duration 2 1/2 hours.

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