There are 5 ways to get from Brussels to Essen Hbf 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 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  3 h 50 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 / ...

$70 - $112

Bus Ouibus  •  5 h 32 min

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

$23 - $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 20€ - 35€ and takes 5 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Essen Hbf is to drive which costs 27€ - 40€ and takes 2 h 16 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 train from Brussels - Midi to Essen Hbf takes 2 h 40 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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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 four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 40 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 40 min

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

Thalys operates a train from Brussels to Essen Hbf 4 times a day. Tickets cost $80 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 40 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Brussels to Essen Hbf 3 times a day. Tickets cost $13 - $22 and the journey takes 3 h 50 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 - $110
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$80 - $110
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
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
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Essen, Essen central station
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bus operators
FlixBus
Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
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 - $22
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 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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