Bochum is centrally located in Europe and quite easily accessible. For travel by train, the destination is Bochum Hbf (Central Station) which is served by many long distance train connections. For air travel, Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) is the most convenient destination. While Dortmund Airport (DTM) is somewhat less convenient, it is served by a number of budget airlines that do not fly to DUS.
From Düsseldorf Airport to Bochum Hbf (Central Station)
Trains travel directly from Düsseldorf Airport to Bochum Central Station frequently. The trip duration varies from 35 to 55 minutes depending on the type of train you take. The fare is € 12.00 (VRR, Preisstufe D, as of 2012) for local trains (i.e. S, RB and RE trains) and €17.50 for long distance trains of the DB (i.e. IC, EC, and ICE). Tickets are available at the ticket machines in the monorail stations and the counter in the train station. To get to the train station follow the signs to the DB (Deutsche Bahn) and take the monorail known as SkyTrain. Note, the SkyTrain is not free, but the fare is included in some tickets such as those from the VRR, but not from the DB. For a complete list, click here.
Timetables and fare information from: Deutsche Bahn (DB)
From Dortmund Airport to Bochum Hbf (Central Station)
Take the shuttle bus from the Airport Terminal to Holzwickende train station. (Tickets cost €1,50 and are bought in the bus). From Holzwickende you take the train to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof (central station) and then change trains to Bochum Hauptbahnhof (central station).
From Bochum Central Station (Hbf) to the university
From Bochum Central Station take the subway line U35 towards Hustadt and get out at stop "Ruhr-Universität". (Ticket: Preisstufe A; € 2.30 as of Oct 2010). On weekdays the subway U35 leaves every 5 minutes and reaches the university within 10 minutes.
Timetables and fare information from: "Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR)".
From the U-Bahn station "Ruhr-Universität" to our labs and offices
From the train station of the U-35 ("Ruhr Universität") go up to the pedestrian bridge and walk towards the university. Your route takes you directly to the building of the university library. Keep right of the library and go down the stairs and continue straight ahead to a second stairway. Go down these stairs and turn right. In front of you to your left you will see 3 tall yellow buildings. The first of these is GA. Enter the building and go through the first glass doors to your right and take the elevator down to floor 04.
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IBIS Hotel Bochum Zentrum
Please note that there are two ibis hotels near the central station: the ibis Bochum City attached to the station and the ibis Bochum Zentrum behind the station. Both hotels are located very conveniently. They are less than 5min walk from the city center, and the U-35 subway line to the university stops right next to it. We recommend the
IBIS Hotel Zentrum.
Tel. +49(0)234 33311
Fax +49(0)234 3331867
If you wish to stay closer to the university than in the city center of Bochum then we recommend this place.
Tel.: +49(0)234 6874-0
Click here for more information about the LSI guest house
To get there from Bochum main train station you can either take the tram to the Ruhr-University Bochum and then the bus no. 372 or take the bus no. 356 directly from the main train station. Both buses stop at “Auf der Papenburg” across the street from the LSI.