Travel & Accomodations

Strike Warning: We have seen a number of strikes organized by various labour unions affecting public transport (both local and regional), high speed train services operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), Lufthansa flights, and airports in recent weeks. We will inform you about strikes affecting any means of transportation during the workshop week via e-mail as soon as they are announced. Please monitor your inbox in the days prior to HARRIS to stay up to date. Additionally, please check your travel plans 24h prior to departure and get in touch via [data hidden, enable JavaScript to view] in case you have questions or need assistance.

Getting to Bochum

Plane: Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) is the largest airport in the area. From there, it is just a 35 minute train ride to Bochum main station. Other options include Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN; longer travel distance to Bochum) and Dortmund Airport (DTM; closest to Bochum, but fewer flights).

Car: Bochum can be conveniently reached by car via the major highways A40 and A43 and the city highway A448. During rush hour, expect traffic jams and delays all over the Ruhr area.

Train: Bochum is well connected to the German high-speed rail network operated by the fast ICE and the slower IC trains. Refer to to check for connections.

Getting to University

Public Transport: Bochum main station is served by numerous regional and long-distance trains. You can plan your journey at From Bochum main station, the U35 subway (direction: "Hustadt") operates frequently and gets you to university campus via the "Ruhr Universität" station in around 10 minutes.

Car: Ruhr University is located right at "Universitätsstraße" which connects the campus to city center and the A43 highway. Plenty of free parking is available in the P12 and P13 parking garages on the west side of the campus. Avoid other parking lots if possible as they usually reach capacity around 9 am.

Bikes & Scooters: A cheap alternative to the U35 subway is taking a bike or scooter to get to the RUB campus. Bikes can be rented from metropolradruhr at one of their many stations across the city. Scooters can be rented from Circ, Tier, and Lime. There is a dedicated bike lane from city center to the campus.

Getting to the Venues

Veranstaltungszentrum (VZ)

The workshop itself is held in the university's convention center aka. "Veranstaltungszentrum" (VZ). Please refer to the campus map below to find your way to the venue from (A) the P12 and P13 parking garages or from (B) the U35 station "Ruhr Universität". We will also put up signs and offer pick-ups from (A) and (B) at 9:00 AM and 9:15 AM on March 19, 2024. Finding your way around the campus is not easy, so we strongly recommend taking advantage of these offers.

Livingroom Restaurant

The workshop dinner on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 will take place in the restaurant Livingroom in the city center.

Public Transport: From university campus, take the U35 and get off at Bochum Hbf (main station). Buy a single-ride A3 ticket (3,40€). Exit through the station's main entrance, cross the wide road in front of the train station and turn left immediately. Turn right at Luisenstraße, the restaurant will be on your right side after around 100m.

Car: You can park your car in garage P2 ("Dr.-Ruer-Platz"), the entrance can be found in Luisenstraße right next to the Livingroom. Overnight parking (between 6pm and 10am) costs just €4, so you can even leave your car there until the next morning. Please note that many parking garages in Bochum are connected by tunnels, so try not to get lost underground.


Below is a (non-exhaustive) list of hotels in Bochum. Generally, accommodations located close to the U35 subway line are well connected to the workshop venue. In case you are unable to find suitable accommodation in Bochum, both Essen and Dortmund are just a 10-minute train ride away (main station to main station).

  • Wald & Golfhotel Lottental
    Located close to RUB campus, 10-minute walk to the venue.

  • LSI Bochum
    Located close to RUB campus, 25-minute walk to the venue.

  • B&B HOTEL Bochum-Hbf
    Located in the main station, right above an entrance to the U35 line.

  • Hotel ibis Bochum Zentrum
    Located behind the main station, right next to an entrance to the U35 line.

  • Mercure Hotel Bochum City
    Opposite to the main station, 3-minute walk to the U35 line.

  • Stadthotel Claudius
    Located behind main station, 5-minute walk to the U35 line.

  • B&B HOTEL Bochum-City
    Slightly outside the city center, 8-minute walk to the U35 subway station "Rathaus".

  • Hotel Excelsior
    Located close to the stadium, 5-minute walk to station "Planetarium". Take any tram to the main station and change to the U35 line.

  • Hotel Bochum at the Congress
    Located close to the stadium, 8-minute walk to station "Planetarium". Take any tram to the main station and change to the U35 line.

  • H+ Hotel Bochum
    Located close to the stadium, 12-minute walk to station "Planetarium". Take any tram to the main station and change to the U35 line.

  • GHOTEL hotel & living Bochum
    To the west of city center, right in front of station "Jacob-Mayer-Straße". Take any tram to the main station and change to the U35 line.