There are 6 ways to get from Bremen to Essen by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Essen Hbf Ic / ...

$55 - $85

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Rideshare  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Bremen to Essen 159 miles

$9 - $18

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Bus  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Bremen to Essen 074 / ...

$15 - $26

Drive  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Bremen to Essen 159 miles

$30 - $50

Fly from Bremen, train  •  4 h 46 min

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

$82 - $304

Train to Hamburg, fly, train  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Dusseldorf (DUS) HAM - DUS
  3. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf

$63 - $206

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The cheapest way to get from Bremen to Essen is to rideshare which costs 7€ - 15€ and takes 2 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bremen to Essen is to train which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 2 h 14 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bremen and arriving at Essen. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bremen Hbf and arriving at Essen Hbf. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 14 min.

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The distance between Bremen and Essen is 218 km. The road distance is 254.4 km.

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The best way to get from Bremen to Essen without a car is to train which takes 2 h 14 min and costs 45€ - 70€.

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The train from Bremen Hbf to Essen Hbf takes 2 h 14 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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

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Bremen to Essen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Bremen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Bremen to Essen is to train which takes 2 h 14 min and costs 45€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 13€ - 22€ and takes 4 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Bremen to Essen.
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  • Distance: 136 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 14 min

What companies run services between Bremen, Germany and Essen, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Bremen to Essen every 2 hours. Tickets cost $55 - $85 and the journey takes 2 h 14 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Bremen to Essen twice daily. Tickets cost $15 - $26 and the journey takes 4 h 10 min.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$75 - $470
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $470
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Bremen to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$75 - $470
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 Bremen Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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 - $45
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
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
hvv.de
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 Bremen to Essen
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bremen to Essen
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

There is no direct flight from Bremen Airport to Dusseldorf Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 35 min and has one stopover.

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

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Bremen to Essen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Essen Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bremen to Essen is 254 km. It takes approximately 2 h 16 min to drive from Bremen to Essen.

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Air France, Swiss, KLM and two other airlines offer flights from Bremen Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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Book your Bremen to Essen bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 611+ hotels available in Essen. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Bremen and Essen. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Bremen to Bremen Airport is to line 6 tram which takes 10 min and costs .

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