Transport networks for quick connections

The Ruhr Metropolis never rests: Day and night the traffic arteries pulsate in the easily accessible conurbation. Whether by car, by train, over the water or through the air - the destination is never far off.

Streets create mobility

More than a million people commute daily in the Ruhr Metropolis between their home and the workplace. The extensive road network is constantly challenged to cope with regional, city and also the growing long-distance traffic. The motorway network crossing the region also connects the North Sea ports in the Netherlands with the economic centres in eastern Europe.

Map: The Ruhr Metropolis is easy to access from all over via the motorways.
Map: The Ruhr Metropolis is easy to access from all over via the motorways.

Through the metropolis by rail

With the inauguration of rail stretch Cologne-Minden in 1847, the foundation stone was laid for the Ruhr Metropolis rail network, which is known to be the densest and most efficient in Germany. Passenger and goods trains travel across approximately 2,200 kilometres of railway track. Access is gained at 70 stations, of which eleven are stations for the IC and ICE, which head for many destinations in Germany and Europe. At the same time, regional trains and city trains connect the region’s cities. Passengers use the well-developed public transport approximately 750 million times a year.

Channels and ports ensure reliable logistics

Rivers and channels criss-cross the Ruhr Metropolis with waterways with a total length of 270 kilometres. The Rhine crosses the region in the West, the Ruhr in the south, the Lippe in the north and various channels connect the region with the ports on the North Sea coast. The Ruhr region’s most important ports are located in Duisburg and Dortmund. The Duisburg Port, in particular, is an international logistics site with around 160 companies and 5,000 workplaces, some of which originate from the former smelting works Krupp-Hüttenwerk - a successful testimony to the structural transformation.

An airport at your doorstep

Air traffic to and from the Ruhr region is handled by the Dortmund airport and the international airports in Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn. The airport in Essen/Mülheim and the Loemühle airfield in Marl are convenient for business flights.

Map: The Ruhr Metropolis is easy to access from all over the world by airplane.
Map: The Ruhr Metropolis is easy to access from all over the world by airplane.

Guide for expats & business travellers

The Ruhr edition of Amazing Capitals expat guides is packed with knowledge designed to make living easier for international business professionals arriving and staying in the exciting Ruhr Metropolis.

Discover "must do’s” and "great do’s”, read initial information on expat life, about getting registered or settled, find restaurants, bistros, clubs, other English speakers and almost everything else plus a general feel for this great region.