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There are 8 ways to get from Barcelona to Essen by plane, train, bus or car

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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Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BCN - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf

$62 - $269

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Fly to Cologne Bonn, train  •  6 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) BCN - CGN
  2. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Essen Hbf

$85 - $330

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Frankfurt (FRA) BCN - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf

$88 - $437

Train  •  11 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare de Lyon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris-Nord to Essen Hbf

$368 - $437

Bus Starbus  •  25 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Eindhoven
  2. Take the bus from Eindhoven to Essen 080

$148 - $154

Bus Eurolines DE  •  25 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona - Ronda Sant Pere-Plaza Urquinaona to Lloret de Mar 2
  2. Take the bus from Lloret de Mar to Essen

$92 - $196

Bus ALSA  •  2 days 0 h

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Essen

$80 - $180

Drive  •  13 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Essen 889.5 miles

$180 - $270

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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Essen is to bus which costs 70€ - 160€ and takes 2 days 0 h.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Essen is to fly and train which costs 50€ - 240€ and takes 5 h 39 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona and arriving at Essen. Services depart twice daily, and operate Wednesday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 2 days 0 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Barcelona to Essen. However, there are services departing from Barcelona Sants and arriving at Essen Hbf via Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris-Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 59 min.

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The distance between Barcelona and Essen is 1179 km. The road distance is 1423.3 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Essen without a car is to train which takes 11 h 59 min and costs 310€ - 380€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 39 min to get from Barcelona to Essen, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Essen bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona station.

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Barcelona to Essen train services, operated by inOui TGV, depart from Barcelona Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Essen is to train which takes 11 h 59 min and costs 310€ - 380€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 125€ - 135€ and takes 25 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Essen.
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  • Distance: 736.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 39 min

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Essen, Germany?

You can take a train from Barcelona to Essen via Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare De Lyon, Paris Nord, and Paris-Nord in around 11 h 59 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Barcelona to Essen via Eindhoven in around 25 h 30 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $500
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $600
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne Bonn via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $600
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $190
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne Bonn via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $190
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $190
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $110
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$21 - $110
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $11
Schedules at
avv.de
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$200 - $230
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$200 - $230
1st Class
$260 - $390
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Paris Gare De Lyon
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Website
renfe.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris-Nord to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $210
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$160 - $210
1st Class
$210 - $300
Bus operators
Starbus
Phone
+34 (0) 963 49 67 67
Email
comercial@starbus.es
Website
starbus.es
Bus from Barcelona to Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
22 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140
Schedules at
starbus.es
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 Eindhoven to Essen
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Lloret de Mar to Essen
Ave. Duration
24 h 14 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$90 - $180
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Barcelona Sants to Essen
Ave. Duration
25 h 38 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$90 - $180
Website
eurolines.de
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Barcelona to Essen
Ave. Duration
2 days 0 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 20 min.

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Barcelona to Essen bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Essen station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Essen is 1423 km. It takes approximately 13 h 33 min to drive from Barcelona to Essen.

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Vueling Airlines, Eurowings, Air France and four other airlines offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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Book your Barcelona to Essen bus tickets online with ALSA.

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There are 616+ hotels available in Essen. Prices start at $56 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 24 min and costs 1€ - 7€.

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