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There are 4 ways to get from Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 57m

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

50€ - 85€

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Bus  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Essen central train station to Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str. Cbg002 / ...

35€ - 55€

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2h 11m

  1. Drive from Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) 248.7 km

26€ - 40€

Train, fly  •  2h 46m

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA

107€ - 375€

Essen Hauptbahnhof → Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level)
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The cheapest way to get from Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to drive which costs 26€ - 40€ and takes 2h 11m.

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The fastest way to get from Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to train. Taking this option will cost 50€ - 85€ and takes 1h 57m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Essen central train station station and arriving at Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str.. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Essen Hbf and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 57m.

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The distance between Essen Hauptbahnhof and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 189 km. The road distance is 248.7 km.

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The best way to get from Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) without a car is to train which takes 1h 57m and costs 50€ - 85€.

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The train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 1h 57m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Essen central train station.

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Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Essen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to train which takes 1h 57m and costs 50€ - 85€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 5h 5m.

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  • Distance: 189.2 km
  • Duration: 1h 57m

What companies run services between Essen Hauptbahnhof, Germany and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level), Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf hourly. Tickets cost 50€ - 70€ and the journey takes 1h 57m. Deutsche Bahn Intercity also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Essen central train station to Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str. twice daily. Tickets cost 15€ - 19€ and the journey takes 5h 5m. Karat-S also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 310€
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
Abellio
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Essen Hauptbahnhof to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
Abellio NRW
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
National Express Rail
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Eurobahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 70€
Website
Thalys
Standard
35€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 65€
Premium
50€ - 70€
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Essen central train station to Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str.
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Essen Central Bus Station to Frankfurt Main Central Train Station
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Karat-S

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str. station.

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Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 249 km. It takes approximately 2h 11m to drive from Essen Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level).

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Lufthansa offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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