Let's go through the region, which offers all the possibilities of a future-oriented location: It is centrally located in Europe, close to the border with the Netherlands and optimally connected. Whether by bus, train, car, bike or on foot - use the mobility mix and go on a discovery tour!
Mobile through Münsterland? That's most fun by bike. Because the region not only has so much to offer leisure cyclists on its approximately 4,500 kilometres of cycle paths. Those who like to commute to work by leeze are also in the right place here. There is a good network of cycle paths, good signposting, mostly flat terrain and the cycle route network is constantly being expanded. That's why more than 20 percent of commuters in Münsterland now use bicycles - almost three times as many as the NRW average.
If you want to relax during your journey and are concerned about your ecological footprint, it's best to take advantage of the many bus and train options. There are good rail connections in all directions from Münsterland and especially from the regional centre of Münster: There are various direct rail connections to Osnabrück, Bielefeld, Hamm, Dortmund, Recklinghausen and Enschede in the Netherlands. In addition, there are express buses that connect the regional centre of Münster with the surrounding area. And offers such as the Westphalia tariff, job tickets and trainee tickets make public transport in the region particularly attractive. In rural areas, community buses connect smaller communities with their neighbours.
Would you like to know which towns are connected to the rail network and how? Then take a look at the individual town portraits.
And you can find all timetables, route maps and ticket sales offices on the Bus & Bahn im Münsterland homepage.
Especially in rural areas, the car is the means of choice for Münsterlanders. And there is a reason for that. There are usually not only sufficient and free parking spaces. The motorway connections in Münsterland are also impressive. The A 1, A 31 and A 43 motorways run north-south, the A 30 and A 2 complete the picture as east-west tangents. On average, about 70 per cent of commuters in the region use a car for their daily journey to work.
By the way, you don't necessarily need your own car for this. The region's Car-Sharing service is also growing steadily. In Münster and the Münsterland region, you can rent a car through Stadtteilauto or wuddi, and in the municipalities of Ahaus, Heek and Legden, for example, through the LEADER project "Renewable Electric Mobility for Ahaus, Heek and Legden".
Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) in Greven is of great regional importance as a travel and business airport. From there, you can not only fly to cities like Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. It also serves many international destinations, for example Mallorca, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Turkey. Climate protection is also important to FMO: it has set itself the goal of being climate-neutral by 2030. Electricity is already being drawn exclusively from renewable sources. FMO is also planning a climate forest with up to 15,000 trees to compensate for CO2 emissions.
But other airports are also within driving distance: The international airport in Düsseldorf is easy to reach by car or train, and the Cologne/Bonn and Dortmund airports are also around two hours away, depending on your starting point.
In order to continue to be mobile in Münsterland as quickly as possible in the future, but in a climate-friendly way, there are various projects. On the one hand, various cycle routes are being built in the region to create fast and safe cycle connections between cities and communities. In Münster , for example, 13 routes will lead in a star shape from the city centre to the surrounding area, with the Promenade serving as a distribution ring. The district of Warendorf wants to follow this up and connect other towns in the district with cycle routes.
In the district of Steinfurt, 62 kilometres of such fast and safe connections are currently being built under the project name "Triangle". And the districts of Coesfeld and Borken are planning the Westmünsterland cycle path, which will run from Isselburg on the Dutch border to Coesfeld in the middle of the western Münsterland.
You only need a car now and then or just want to book a bike spontaneously for the weekend? That is also possible in Münsterland. There are already car-sharing services such as those offered by Stadtteilauto, wuddi or through the LEADER project "Renewable Electric Mobility for Ahaus, Heek and Legden". But you can also easily rent a bicycle in Münsterland with the Rent your MünsterlandRad offer. And the sharing offer in Münsterland is constantly being expanded, with new providers being added all the time.
Local transport on demand? This is already possible in Münster with the LOOP service, and there are also concrete plans in Gronau and Senden for 2021. In the future, on-demand services are to be created throughout the region that can encourage people to switch from their cars to local transport.
In addition, mobility stations are to be created at various locations in the region: There you will be able to use different means of transport, access offers such as car-sharing or e-bike rental, stock up on everyday necessities and book and pay for them easily with an app.
The joint project kommit Bürgerlabor Mobiles Münsterland, among others, is working intensively to provide Münsterland with user-friendly, multimodal mobility beyond motorised individual transport in the future.