There are 4 ways to get from Amsterdam to Essen by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal Intercity direct / ...
  2. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Roosendaal Intercity

$26 - $66

Cheapest option

Bus, line 720 bus, line 670 bus  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Antwerp 800 / ...
  2. Take the line 720 bus from Antwerpen F. Rooseveltplaats perron 22 to Kapellen Dorp 720
  3. Take the line 670 bus from Kapellen Dorp to Essen Bibliotheek 670 / ...

$17 - $23

2 alternative options

Drive  •  1 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Essen 86.8 miles

$21 - $35

Fly, train  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Brussels (BRU) AMS - BRU
  2. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Essen

$78 - $264

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Essen is to bus and line 720 bus and line 670 bus which costs 14€ - 20€ and takes 4 h 38 min.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Essen is to drive which costs 18€ - 26€ and takes 1 h 27 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Amsterdam to Essen. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk and arriving at Essen Bibliotheek via Antwerpen F. Rooseveltplaats perron 22 and Kapellen Dorp. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 38 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Amsterdam to Essen. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Essen via Rotterdam Centraal and Roosendaal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 31 min.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Essen is 105 km. The road distance is 138.9 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Essen without a car is to train which takes 2 h 31 min and costs 21€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 31 min to get from Amsterdam to Essen, including transfers.

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Amsterdam to Essen bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Essen.
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  • Distance: 65.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 31 min

What companies run services between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Essen, Belgium?

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Essen via Rotterdam Centraal and Roosendaal in around 2 h 31 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Amsterdam to Essen via Antwerp, Antwerpen F. Rooseveltplaats perron 22, and Kapellen Dorp in around 4 h 38 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Brussels
Ave. Duration
46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Roosendaal
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$24 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $55
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Essen
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$5 - $9
1st Class
$9 - $13
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Antwerp
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
De Lijn
Website
delijn.be
Bus from Antwerpen F. Rooseveltplaats perron 22 to Kapellen Dorp
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be
Bus from Kapellen Dorp to Essen Bibliotheek
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
delijn.be

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