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There are 4 ways to get from Brussels to Essen Hbf by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2 h 50 min

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

$85 - $120

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Bus FlixBus  •  3 h 50 min

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

$13 - $23

2 alternative options

Bus Ouibus  •  5 h 34 min

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

$24 - $35

Drive  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Brussels to Essen Hbf 146.9 miles

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Essen Hbf is to bus which costs 11€ - 20€ and takes 3 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Essen Hbf is to drive which costs 26€ - 40€ and takes 2 h 16 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brussels, Brussels-North station 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 Brussels - Midi and arriving at Essen Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 50 min.

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The distance between Brussels and Essen Hbf is 198 km. The road distance is 235.1 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Essen Hbf without a car is to train which takes 2 h 50 min and costs 70€ - 100€.

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The train from Brussels - Midi to Essen Hbf takes 2 h 50 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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

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The best way to get from Brussels to Essen Hbf is to train which takes 2 h 50 min and costs 70€ - 100€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 11€ - 20€ and takes 3 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from Brussels to Essen Hbf.
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  • Distance: 123.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min

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

Thalys operates a train from Brussels to Essen Hbf once daily. Tickets cost $85 - $120 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Brussels to Essen Hbf 3 times a day. Tickets cost $13 - $23 and the journey takes 3 h 50 min.

Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussels - Midi to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$85 - $120
1st Class
$110 - $160
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
3 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 - $16
Website
Ouibus

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels to Essen Hbf is 235 km. It takes approximately 2 h 16 min to drive from Brussels to Essen Hbf.

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