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

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Bus  •  4h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Antwerp to Essen 080

11€ - 19€

3 alternative options

Train  •  4h 25m

  1. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Brussel-Zuid/Midi Thalys / ...
  2. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Essen Hbf

80€ - 129€

Drive  •  1h 57m

  1. Drive from Antwerp to Essen 123.6 miles

22€ - 35€

Train, fly  •  3h 29m

  1. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS

84€ - 304€

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The cheapest way to get from Antwerp to Essen is to bus which costs 11€ - 19€ and takes 4h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Antwerp to Essen is to drive which costs 22€ - 35€ and takes 1h 57m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Antwerp and arriving at Essen. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 4h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Antwerp to Essen. However, there are services departing from Antwerpen-Centraal and arriving at Essen Hbf via Brussels - Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 25m.

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The distance between Antwerp and Essen is 183 km. The road distance is 197.7 km.

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The best way to get from Antwerp to Essen without a car is to bus which takes 4h 5m and costs 11€ - 19€.

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The bus from Antwerp to Essen takes 4h 5m including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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Antwerp to Essen train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Antwerpen-Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Antwerp to Essen is to bus which takes 4h 5m and costs 11€ - 19€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 80€ - 130€ and takes 4h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Antwerp to Essen.
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  • Distance: 114.4 miles
  • Duration: 4h 5m

What companies run services between Antwerp, Belgium and Essen, Germany?

FlixBus operates a bus from Antwerp to Essen once daily. Tickets cost 11€ - 19€ and the journey takes 4h 5m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Antwerp to Essen via Brussels - Midi in around 4h 25m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 500€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 30€
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
15€ - 30€
1st Class
30€ - 40€
Train from Brussels - Midi to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
70€ - 100€
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
70€ - 100€
1st Class
100€ - 140€
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 60€
Website
Thalys
2nd Class
35€ - 60€
1st Class
55€ - 80€
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 Antwerpen-Centraal to Brussel-Zuid/Midi
Ave. Duration
58m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 23€
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
9€ - 14€
1st Class
16€ - 23€
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 40€
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
18€ - 24€
1st Class
30€ - 40€
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 Antwerp to Essen
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
11€ - 19€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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Antwerp to Essen bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Essen station.

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Antwerp to Essen train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Essen Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Antwerp to Essen is 198 km. It takes approximately 1h 57m to drive from Antwerp to Essen.

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KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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