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Dortmund Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Dortmund Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

At 12 the security asks you to leave the airport with the advice to take a hotel. – Jannis

DTM Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Dortmund Airport.

What to Expect

Dortmund Airport (code: DTM) has a small, modern terminal that serves low-cost carriers and a few seasonal routes. Travellers report that security and boarding processes can be slow and confusing (arrive early) and staff and security aren’t exactly friendly. Facilities include a restaurant, two cafes, and a small selection of duty-free and convenience shops. The good news is the WiFi’s free.

Sleeping in Dortmund Airport

The airport does not allow passengers to stay overnight, as it closes from 12:00AM until 3:45AM. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Dortmund Airport:

  • Ibis Budget Dortmund Airport – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Best Western Hotel Dortmund Airport – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Dortmund – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Dortmund Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges in the airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Dortmund Airport. Just connect to “DOKOM21 Hotspot@Airport” to access the internet.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby Change Facilities are located on every level of the terminal both landside and airside. In addition, strollers are available for use airside in the airport, free of charge. Pick one up after clearing security and leave it at your boarding gate when you depart.

Currency Exchange – There are no exchange counters at the airport.

Duty Free & Shopping – Heinemann Duty Free is available as well as a small selection of shops (Chocolates, Newspapers, etc.)

Food & Drinks – There are coffee shops and restaurants available such as: Restaurant Bella Vista (Level 2) • East Bar + Shop (Level 1) • West Bar + Shop (Level 1) • Coffee Fellows (Level 1). Location: Landside and Airside. Hours: Not available but there are no 24 hour food options as of this update.

Information Desk – Available. Level 1. Hours: unknown. In addition to information, you can purchase WiFi cards, suitcases/travel accessories, etc.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your bags? Baggage carts are available throughout the airport. Locations: Arrivals Area. Level 0 • Departures Area, Level 1. Fee: €1 fee.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Location: Landside, Departures, opposite the security checkpoints. Fee: €7 / piece of luggage.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us “There are working power sockets in a cafe.  Location:  Public zone, departures hall, all the way to the left, next to the bathrooms.” (March 2021)

Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: Gallery Level, Level 2. Hours: 3:30AM – 12:00AM. Rate: Admission is free.

Postal Services – Forgot to send that postcard? A mailbox is located in the west entrance of the terminal (departure level).

Prayer Room – Not available.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the terminal. There are designated smoking areas around the airport.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 3:30AM – 12:00AM. The terminal closes at night, so you cannot spend the night.

Airlines

Dortmund airport is served by the following airlines: EasyJet • Eurowings • Ryanair • SunExpress • Trade Air • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

AirportExpress links the airport to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) in a 25-minute nonstop journey. The bus stop at Dortmund Hauptbahnhof is located at the Königswall/City exit, near the taxi rank. At the time of this update, a single-ride adult ticket is €9.00.

AirportShuttle offers service between the airport and Holzwickede Station in a 6-minute journey. A single-ride adult ticket is €3.00. Travel on the AirportShuttle is free if you have a Rail&Fly ticket.

For more bus connection information including fares, routes and schedules, visit the Dortmund Airport website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located in Arrivals (Level 0): Avis • Budget • Europcar • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

Taxis are available on the Arrivals Level on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. Credit cards and cash are accepted. The following estimated one-way fares were current at the time of this update: to/from Dortmund Central Station €38 • Dortmund Casino €40 • Holzwickede €12; Unna €21. Visit the airport website for more fare estimates.

Last updated: 2022-07-11

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