With its central location in the Ruhr area of Germany, Bochum is very convenient, especially for students studying at one of its institutes of higher learning.
If you are arriving to Bochum by car, there are four highways that can connect you to the city, via several large cities.
There are several airports, some within a little over half an hour of Bochum, along with international connections and easy access to public transportation.
From the Düsseldorf airport, you can take the Train S1 into Bochum toward Dortmund, or there are also Regional Trains.
Three nearby regional airports are Weeze, Dortmund and Münster.
Then, from the Düsseldorf Flughafen train station, you can be in Bochum in under 30 minutes.
From the Dortmund airport, you can take a shuttle bus to the Dortmund train station, and then into Bochum in about 40 minutes.
From the Münster/Osnabürck airport, you can take the shuttle bus to the Münster train station, and then into Bochum in under two hours.
From the Weeze airport, you can take the shuttle bus to the Weeze train station, and on into Bochum in around two hours.
Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) connects numerous towns, whether large or small, as well as locally, regionally and nationally. You can purchase tickets very conveniently online or at the ticket offices or machines. Additionally, for long-distance trains, you can buy your ticket from the conductor, but the pricing may be a bit more. You cannot purchase tickets for the regional or S-Bahn trains, however.
You can also reach the city via bus, with many stops near popular student accommodation in Bochum. The bus station is also conveniently located next to the train station. You can even find bus connections between multiple countries in Europe through Eurolines.
Germany has a really great public transport system, which is both simple to navigate and convenient. You can get about anywhere in the city via bus, train, tram or underground. For those who like to ride bikes, there are also plentiful biking lanes. This is also an excellent way to get some exercise and see more of the city.
Bochum’s main train station has departures and arrivals for both regional trains and local city trains. Bochum’s public transport system also includes some neighboring areas in the Ruhr region.
The city of Bochum is part of price category A. If you think you will use transportation frequently, it’s best to purchase the monthly access. For longer journeys outside of the area, there are often special discounts for weekend trips or groups. Additionally, if you are registered as a PhD student, you will receive a ticket for local public transport at RUB. You can find more information on public transport prices in our cost of living in Bochum section.
The local tram system in Bochum is run by BOGESTRA AG.
If you want to ride a bike as your main method of transport, then you have several different options. You can purchase one at a second-hand shop and then sell it to another student when you go back home. Or, you can use the bike sharing program and make use of its numerous bicycle rental stations. Other than walking, this is the most inexpensive way to get around Bochum.