There are 5 ways to get from Brussels to Essen by train, bus or car

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Train Thalys  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Brussels - Midi to Essen Hbf

$80 - $120

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Bus FlixBus  •  4 h 10 min

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

$13 - $60

3 alternative options

Train Deutsche Bahn  •  2 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof Ice
  2. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Essen Hbf Ice / ...

$73 - $114

Bus Ouibus  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Duisburg Ouibus

$24 - $35

Drive  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Brussels to Essen 146.5 miles

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Essen is to bus which costs 20€ - 30€ and takes 5 h 32 min.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brussels, Brussels-North station station 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 Brussels - Midi and arriving at Essen Hbf. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

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The distance between Brussels and Essen is 198 km. The road distance is 234.4 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Essen without a car is to train which takes 2 h 40 min and costs 70€ - 95€.

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The train from Brussels - Midi to Essen Hbf takes 2 h 40 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Brussels to Essen bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Brussels, Brussels-North station.

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Brussels to Essen train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Brussels - Midi station.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Essen is to train which takes 2 h 40 min and costs 70€ - 95€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 11€ - 55€ and takes 4 h 10 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Brussels to Essen.
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  • Distance: 123.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 40 min

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

Thalys operates a train from Brussels to Essen 4 times a day. Tickets cost $80 - $120 and the journey takes 2 h 40 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Brussels to Essen twice daily. Tickets cost $13 - $23 and the journey takes 4 h 10 min. Eurolines DE also services this route 5 times a week.

Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussels - Midi to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$80 - $120
1st Class
$110 - $160
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
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 Brusel Nord to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Essen, Essen central station
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
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 Brussels, Brussels-North station to Essen
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
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

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Duisburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
Ouibus

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