Travelling to the Ruhr region – hit the road!

Are you planning a city break to the Ruhr region, do you love nature or would you like to follow the Route of Industrial Heritage? Then hit the road to Pott. The Ruhr region is still a young travel destination which attracts with multi-faceted culture, historic industrial monuments and a lot of nature. Its central location in the middle of Europe makes travelling to the Ruhr region really easy: By aeroplane or by car, by bus or by train, by bike or even by boat, you can make your way to the Ruhr Metropolis.

Travelling by bus and rail

Several thousand kilometres of rails enable you to easily travel to all cities and regions in the Ruhr region. There are large main railway stations with cross-regional connections and interchanges in all directions in the region in Essen, Duisburg or Dortmund. The Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr [Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association] (VRR) also provides trains, trams and buses with more than 10,000 stops throughout the region. In many cases, the main railway stations are also stations for intercity coaches which travel daily to the Ruhr region from all regions of Germany and Europe.

By aeroplane and by car to the Ruhr region

Dusseldorf airport is directly on the doorstep of the Ruhr region, Dortmund airport in the middle of it. Whilst Dusseldorf is the hub for connections from all over the world as well as within Germany, Dortmund is the primary destination for flights from European cities. It’s possible to easily travel to the Ruhr region by train and car via the well-built motorway network from Munster and Weeze airports. Note on motorways: You can get to the Ruhr region by car via the A2, A3, A40, A42 and A52 motorways.

Travelling to and in the Ruhr region by bike

A bike ride through the Ruhr region leads you – often on developed, disused railway lines – through vibrant cities and tranquil nature, past the imposing witnesses to industrial heritage. Travelling in the Ruhr region is also possible by a bike-friendly train, as you can also travel via cycle paths directly with your bike to the Metropolis. There are also rental bikes available at a number of stations. The Deutsche Bahn also offers bikes to rent at all large railway stations. Germany’s largest bike rental system, metropolradruhr, is also available in ten cities in the Ruhr region at more than 200 stations with more than 3,000 rental bikes.