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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.

Where to Sleep

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

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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 Dortmund Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Ibis Budget Dortmund Airport – (15 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Lohenstein – (4 minutes from the airport) There is a shuttle bus that runs from the airport to Holzwickede Railway Station. From Holzwickede Railway Station, the hotel is just a few minutes walk. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Hotel Dortmund Airport – (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Dortmund Airport on Tripadvisor 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 [email protected]” 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: unknown

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.

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.

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

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Dortmund and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. These agencies are located on all levels of the airport: 5 vor FLug, Alltours Reisecenter, A-Z Last Minute, Travis Reisen Holimaxx,, L’Tur, Neckermann Reisebüro, Profibucher, ReiseCenter Pürschel/Wizz Air Travel Centre, Reiseland Reisebüro Dortmund Airport, Reiseland, TTA Reisen and TUI Reisecenter.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 3:45AM – 12:00AM. The terminal closes at night, so you cannot spend the night.


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

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


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 €8.50.

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 • Hertz • Sixt • Thrifty.


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 €29 • Dortmund Casino €37 • Holzwickede €11; Unna €18. Visit the airport website for more fare estimates.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.