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

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Train Deutsche Bahn  •  3 h 29 min

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

$56 - $108

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Bus FlixBus  •  4 h 51 min

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

$13 - $60

3 alternative options

Train Thalys  •  3 h 30 min

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

$80 - $110

Bus Eurolines DE  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Bruxelles - North to Duisburg

$46 - $79

Drive  •  2 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen 153.3 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen is to drive which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen is to drive which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Brussels station to Gelsenkirchen. However, there are services departing from Brussels, Brussels-North station and arriving at Essen Landschede Bstg 2 via Essen Hauptbahnhof Bstg 2. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen. However, there are services departing from Brusel Nord and arriving at Gelsenkirchen Hbf via Köln Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 29 min.

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The distance between Brussels and Gelsenkirchen is 205 km. The road distance is 245.2 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen without a car is to train which takes 3 h 29 min and costs 45€ - 95€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 29 min to get from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen, including transfers.

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

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Brussels to Gelsenkirchen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Brusel Nord station.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen is to train which takes 3 h 29 min and costs 45€ - 95€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 70€ and takes 4 h 10 min.

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  • Distance: 128.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 29 min

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

You can take a train from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen via Köln Hauptbahnhof and Köln Hbf in around 3 h 29 min. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen 5 times a week. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 3 h 27 min.

Train operators
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 Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen central station
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
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
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Bruxelles - North to Duisburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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
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 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Brussels to Gelsenkirchen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Gelsenkirchen Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels to Gelsenkirchen is 245 km. It takes approximately 2 h 25 min to drive from Brussels to Gelsenkirchen.

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There are 505+ hotels available in Gelsenkirchen. Prices start at $56 USD per night.

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