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There are 11 ways to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 49m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Essen Hbf Ice / ...

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Rideshare  •  6h 1m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Essen 529.6 km

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Bus  •  8h 27m

  1. Take the bus from S Südkreuz Bhf to Essen Hbf N1320

Night train  •  4h 23m

  1. Take the night train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen Hbf 10

Drive  •  4h 42m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen 529.2 km

Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf, train  •  3h 26m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BER - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Essen Hbf

Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Cologne Bonn, train  •  4h 46m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) BER - CGN
  2. Take the train from Koeln/Bonn Flughafen to Essen Hbf

Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Muenster, train  •  4h 40m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Muenster (FMO) BER - FMO
  2. Take the train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Essen Hbf

Train to Leipzig, fly to Dusseldorf  •  4h 14m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
  2. Fly from Leipzig (LEJ) to Dusseldorf (DUS) LEJ - DUS

Fly Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 50m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Frankfurt (FRA) BER - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf

Train to Dresden, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
  2. Fly from Dresden (DRS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) DRS - DUS

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The cost-effective way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen is to rideshare, which costs €20 - €35 and takes 6h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen is to fly and train which costs €50 - €290 and takes 3h 26m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Essen Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 49m.

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The distance between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Essen is 451 km. The road distance is 529.2 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen without a car is to train which takes 3h 49m and costs €25 - €130.

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The train from Berlin Hbf to Essen Hbf takes 3h 49m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Berlin Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen is to train which takes 3h 49m and costs €25 - €130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €26 - €80 and takes 8h 27m.

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The quickest flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Essen Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen.
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  • Distance: 451.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 49m

What companies run services between Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Germany and Essen, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Berlin Hbf to Essen Hbf hourly. Tickets cost €85 - €120 and the journey takes 3h 49m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from S Südkreuz Bhf to Essen Hbf once daily. Tickets cost €26 - €35 and the journey takes 7h 20m.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €250
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €350
Flights from Leipzig to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€65 - €500
Flights from Dresden to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€75 - €320
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €480
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€150 - €480
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€140 - €410
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Muenster via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€120 - €550
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Muenster via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €550
Flights from Leipzig to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€130 - €450
Flights from Leipzig to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €450
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €300
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €300
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€120 - €330
Flights from Dresden to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€160 - €380
Flights from Dresden to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €380
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€27 - €75
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €600
AIS Airlines
Website
aisairlines.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Muenster
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€18 - €400
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€120 - €330
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 49m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€85 - €120
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Night train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€85 - €120
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €21
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln/Bonn Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€45 - €70
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Dresden Bahnhof Neustadt
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin central station to Essen central station
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€25 - €35
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Münster to Essen central station
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€7 - €9
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Flixtrain
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€85 - €130
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€30 - €50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€60 - €85
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
Abellio
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
3 times a week
Website
Abellio
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
National Express Rail
Train from Koeln/Bonn Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€21 - €26
Website
National Express Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Essen Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
Abellio NRW
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from D-Flughafen Bf to Essen Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€14 - €21
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Halle(Saale)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€2 - €4
Website
Eurobahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€35 - €70
Website
Thalys
Standard
€35 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €65
Premium
€50 - €70
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€14 - €21
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€21 - €30
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dresden-Neustadt
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
Railjet
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from S Südkreuz Bhf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€26 - €35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Berlin to Essen
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€20 - €35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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