Although the Rothaarsteig is well served by public transport, hikers should bear in mind that Sauerland is sparsely populated and buses do not run every half hour. Because the Rothaarsteig runs through the Rothaar Mountains, not all villages are directly connected to the public transport network either. For arriving, it is, therefore, best to travel to the endpoint and take public transport to the starting point from there. This ensures a relaxing end to your Rothaarsteig adventure. Note: the journey from Dillenburg to Brilon quickly takes five hours. If you want relaxed travel, it's best to arrive and depart by train.
It is the easiest to fly to Dortmund or Köln. From there it is very easy to take the train to Brilon. From Dortmund, it will only take you approximately 2 hours to travel to Brilon by train. From Köln, it will take you 3.5 hours to travel to Brilon.
You can reach the starting point, the marketplace in Brilon, by train. Traveling from the direction of Utrecht, catch the train to Venlo. In Schwerte (Ruhr), change trains to Dortmund. From here, a direct to Brilon-Stadt. The journey takes about six hours. From Brussels-Midi, you can catch the Thalys to Duisburg. About this, get on the ICE towards Dortmund. From Dortmund, the regional train goes to Brilon.
If you are traveling by car, it is best to travel to the ending point of the Rothaarsteig. From here, you can take public transport to the starting point. This makes for a relaxing end to the Rothaarsteig.
From Dillenburg back to Brilon
From Dillenburg to Brilon is best traveled by train. Note: It is not a direct journey and can easily take 4.5 hours to arrive at the starting point. Take this into account in your planning. It pays to travel from the Netherlands or Belgium directly to Brilon by train and return after the Dillenburg hike. If you do park your car in Dillenburg, you can take the train to Gießen from here. From Gießen, travel to Marburg Hauptbahnhof and from there directly to Brilon.