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

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Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5 h 40 min

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

$69 - $274

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Fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt, train  •  6 h

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) BCN - CGN
  2. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Essen Hbf

$81 - $340

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  6 h 36 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

Fly to Eindhoven, train  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Eindhoven (EIN) BCN - EIN
  2. Take the train from Eindhoven to Venlo
  3. Take the train from Venlo to Dusseldorf Hbf
  4. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf

$79 - $349

Fly to Amsterdam, train  •  8 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Amsterdam (AMS) BCN - AMS
  2. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Duisburg Hbf

$110 - $333

Train  •  11 h 49 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  •  20 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Essen N710

$75 - $170

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 65€ - 150€ and takes 20 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Essen is to fly and train which costs 55€ - 240€ and takes 5 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona and arriving at Essen. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 20 h 50 min.

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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 49 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 49 min and costs 310€ - 380€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 40 min to get from Barcelona to Essen, including transfers.

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

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Barcelona to Essen train services, operated by 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 49 min and costs 310€ - 380€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 65€ - 150€ and takes 20 h 50 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 40 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 49 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Barcelona to Essen once daily. Tickets cost $80 - $140 and the journey takes 20 h 50 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 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
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Barcelona to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Transavia Holland
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $440
Flights from Barcelona to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $410
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
Flights from Barcelona to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $380
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 Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $190
Flights from Barcelona to Eindhoven via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $280
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Barcelona to Amsterdam via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Norwegian Air International
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
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 Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 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
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$17 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$27 - $45
1st Class
$45 - $60
Train from Paris-Nord to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$160 - $210
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$160 - $210
1st Class
$210 - $300
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Essen, Essen central station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Essen, Essen central station
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
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 Eindhoven to Venlo
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Venlo to Dusseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
eurobahn.de
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$200 - $230
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$200 - $230
1st Class
$260 - $390
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Essen
Ave. Duration
20 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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/Sants to Essen
Ave. Duration
2 days 2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
alsa.com
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Barcelona Sants to Essen
Ave. Duration
25 h 38 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$85 - $170
Website
eurolines.de

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 15 min.

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Barcelona to Essen bus services, operated by FlixBus, 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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Norwegian Air International, Vueling Airlines, KLM and three other airlines offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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Book your Barcelona to Essen bus tickets online with FlixBus and Busbud.

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The nearest airport to Essen is Dusseldorf (DUS) Airport which is 26.1 km away. Other nearby airports include Dortmund (DTM) (42.2 km), Weeze (NRN) (61.7 km), Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) (64.8 km) and Eindhoven (EIN) (112.3 km).

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There are 596+ hotels available in Essen. Prices start at $55 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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