Getting Around

Written by Garry on


The Ruhr Metropolis covers a vast space yet it is fairly straightforward to navigate the central region between Duisburg and Dortmund. An abundance of motorways (Autobahnen) and urban dual carriageways enable motorists to travel easily. If traffic allows, that is. A vast number of short on and off ramps as well as the sheer volume of vehicles slow drivers to a crawl or snarl-up especially during rush hours.

Each town possesses its own centre consisting of typically crisscrossing streets with manageable distances and commercial or office districts on the peripheries. Public transport including trams and buses can be found virtually everywhere. Taxis abound.

Getting to and from the cities of the Ruhr by rail is fairly easy with trains departing regularly from all major central stations such as Bochum, Duisburg, Dortmund and Essen.

Düsseldorf International airport is between a half to over one hour away depending on the point of commencing the journey. The airport in the Ruhr region is Dortmund, others such as Cologne/Bonn, Weeze or Münster/Paderborn are much further away.

Taxi in the Ruhr

Taxis in Germany are mostly modern and clean, normally Mercedes and always beige. Taking a taxi also offers fairly good value for money when compared to many other countries. Most drivers of all manner of nationalities excel in their professionalism, knowledge, politeness and friendliness.


Towns and cities are fairly easy to navigate on a bicycle, distances between them can be quite daunting on two wheels though. The local public transport systems allow bikes on most trams at most times of the day. Official paths for cycling can be recognised by a typical red colour.


Getting around in a motor vehicle in and around Ruhr is as complex as any capital city, where traffic is heavy and congested. Fifty kilometres per hour is the urban speed limit unless otherwise posted, while in residential areas, speed is often down to 30 kmph.



© Amazing Capitals / Greg

The major axis of rail tracks connects cities and towns of Ruhr with fast national and international networks. Local trains (Regionalbahn) run in all directions north, south, east, west as well as in and across Ruhr. Most tickets in the VRR region are valid on these trains.


Public Transport

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

Public transport in the Ruhr region is a collection of independent systems, operated by numerous regional companies and utilities. United under the wing of the VRR, on the whole, inner-city trams, buses and trains function very well, while other journeys can be somewhat lengthy or awkward.


Plane, Flight, Airport

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Düsseldorf Airport is the third largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich. During recent years it has gained importance as a hub for intercontinental flights and is only some thirty minutes or so from the west of Ruhr and up to an hour or more from the east.