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

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Train  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Essen Hbf Tha

$85 - $120

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Essen 081

$13 - $60

4 alternative options

Train via Köln Hbf  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf Tha / ...
  2. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Essen Hbf Ice / ...

$57 - $132

Bus Ouibus  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Brussels Schaerbeek - North Train station to Duisburg Ouibus

$24 - $35

Drive  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Brussels to Essen 146.5 miles

$30 - $45

Train, fly  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles Midi to Schiphol (Airport)
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Dusseldorf (DUS) AMS - DUS
  3. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf

$116 - $366

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Essen is to bus which costs 20€ - 30€ and takes 5 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Essen is to drive which takes 2 h 18 min and costs 26€ - 40€.

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The distance between Brussels and Essen is 198 km. The road distance is 234 km.

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The train from Bruxelles Midi to Essen Hbf takes 2 h 50 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brussels, Brussels-North station and arriving at Essen. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bruxelles Midi and arriving at Essen Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 50 min.

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

Thalys operates a train from Brussels to Essen every 4 hours. Tickets cost $85 - $120 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Brussels to Essen 3 times a day. Tickets cost $13 - $23 and the journey takes 3 h 50 min. Eurolines DE also services this route 5 times a week.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$85 - $120
1st Class
$120 - $160
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $130
Train from Köln Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$27 - $45
1st Class
$45 - $60
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Schiphol (Airport)
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$55 - $80
1st Class
$80 - $110
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$17 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $45
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Essen, Essen central station
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Essen, Essen central station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Dutch Railways (NS)
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Brussel-Zuid/Midi to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels, Brussels-North station to Essen
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Bruxelles - North to Essen - Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
eurolines.de
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Brussels Schaerbeek - North Train station to Duisburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
Ouibus

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