Car Hire from Dortmund Airport
Dortmund is Germany’s city of transition having developed from an industrial city to a contemporary and cosmopolitan metropolis. Dortmund is known throughout Europe as an innovative location for technology. To fully appreciate the biggest city in the Ruhr Valley after flying into Dortmund Airport is by hiring a car.
Where to hire a car at Dortmund Airport
Car hire desks for Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty can be found on the arrivals level (0) in Dortmund Airport terminal. Rental cars are parked in and returned to the car park next door – P1 on level 0. Desks are open from 7.00am to 10.00pm Monday-Friday, 7.30am-3.30pm Saturday and 1.00pm-9.pm Sunday.
If you need to return your car outside desk opening times, you can drop keys into a provided lockbox located next to the taxi rank outside the terminal building.
Petrol Stations near Dortmund Airport
If you hire a car from Dortmund Airport with a ‘full to full’ fuel policy, it is essential to refuel before returning to avoid excess charges.
The nearest petrol station is Shell, located 4.4km from Dortmund Airport. From the airport, head south towards Chaussee and turn left. Take the next left on to Zeche-Norm-Straβe and after 900m turn off into the petrol station on Wickeder Hellweg.
Driving around Dortmund Airport
Dortmund is a year round busy city and popular with tourists. The road network is highly developed and of excellent quality. When leaving Dortmund Airport by car you will have access to all the main roads from Chausee leading to destinations across the Ruhr District in Bahn including: Autobahns A1, A2, A40, A42, A44 and A45 and Bundesstraβen B1, B54 and B236.
Getting to your Destination
Here are a few destinations that are popular with visitors to Germany that can easily be reached once you have hired your car at Dortmund Airport.
Dortmund City is a shopping mecca with miles of stores selling everything from clothing, books and media to jewellery. The Thier-Gallerie shopping centre is Dortmund’s first mall and one of the biggest privately-financed buildings in Europe.
Dortmund Airport is 12.5km from Dortmund City and can be reached from Chaussee by joining the B1 in Holzwickede and following for 9km before taking the exit towards DO-Zentrum and continuing for 1.5km into Dortmund City Centre.
It is not always possible to park on-street in Dortmund City centre and there are several car parks offering large capacity. On-street parkng is available on the Kuckelke and Eisenmarkt with rates of €1.50/hour in the city centre ring and €0.50/hour outside the ring. Unlimited parking is available in car parks in the city centre with rates of €1.50-€2.00/hour and a daily maximum of €10-€15. A Park and Ride service is available with free parking located at the Westfalenhallen (Joseph-Sherer-Straβe, Dortmund) on the periphery of the city with public transport taking you into the city centre.
Dusseldorf is a lively city featuring the old town (Alstadt) where nearly every building is a bar and there are a variety of excellent restaurants and bistros throughout the city. Cuisines from all over the world can be sampled in the wide range of eateries littering the city.
Dusseldorf is 84.7km from Dortmund International Airport and can be reached by taking the B1 in Holzwickede from Chaussee for 1.5km. Follow the A1 and A46 to the B8 in Dusseldorf for 78km and take the exit for D-Zentrum/D-Universitat from the A46 and follow into the city centre.
Dusseldorf has large parking capacity in the city centre car parks. On street parking is chargeable although unlimited and applies in the centre of Dusseldorf. Operating hours for charged street parking are between 8.00am and 6.00pm and Saturday from 8.00am-4.00pm. Car parks in the city centre have rates of €1.50-€3.00/hour with a daily maximum of €25-€30. Free parking is available near the park and ride services on the outskirts of the city.
The foundation stone of Essen city was laid in the year 852 by When Altfrid, the 4th Bishop of Hildesheim and member of German nobility. There’s lots to see and do in Essen with a wealth of history around the mining industry that was once crucial to the Ruhr region of Germany.
Essen is 47km from Dortmund Airport and is reached by taking the B1 from Chaussee and after 1.5km, continue right towards Westfalendamm. Follow the A40 towards Kruppstraβe in Essen for 33km taking the exit for Waldthausenpark in Essen centre.
Essen is one of Germany’s largest cities and can become congested. On-street parking is available in the city centre operating between 10.00-20.00 hours Monday-Saturday and is charged at €0.70 fr the first 30min with a maximum duration of 90 minutes costing €1.70. Unlimited car parking is set to car park which charge €1-€1.80/hour.