Directions from Brussels to Essen Hbf

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Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 50 min

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

$85 - $120

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 10 min

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

$13 - $60

2 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 - $138

Drive  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Brussels to Essen Hbf 146.9 miles

$30 - $45

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

Thalys operates a train from Brussels to Essen Hbf every 4 hours. 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 4 h 10 min. Eurolines DE also services this route 5 times a week.

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 - $170
Train from Bruxelles Midi to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$65 - $90
1st Class
$90 - $130
Train from Köln Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$28 - $50
1st Class
$45 - $60
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Deutsche Bahn
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
4 h 10 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

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Brussels and Essen Hbf is 198 km. The road distance is 235 km.

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

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

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.

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 4 h 10 min.

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