There are 8 ways to get from Essen to Berlin by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 42m

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Berlin Hbf Ice / ...

25€ - 130€

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Rideshare  •  5h 43m

  1. Take the rideshare from Essen to Berlin 526.9 km

19€ - 40€

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Bus  •  7h

  1. Take the bus from Essen to Berlin, Berlin central bus station N1320 / ...

25€ - 35€

Drive  •  4h 58m

  1. Drive from Essen to Berlin Hbf 526 km

60€ - 95€

Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  3h 9m

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) DUS - TXL

41€ - 184€

Train to Cologne Bonn, fly  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the train from Essen to Cologne, Cologne central station
  2. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) CGN - TXL

41€ - 190€

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  4h 27m

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) FRA - TXL

86€ - 247€

Train to Muenster, fly  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
  2. Fly from Muenster (FMO) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) FMO - TXL

84€ - 339€

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The cheapest way to get from Essen to Berlin is to rideshare which costs 19€ - 40€ and takes 5h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Essen to Berlin is to train and fly which costs 40€ - 190€ and takes 3h 9m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Essen and arriving at Berlin, Berlin central bus station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Essen Hbf and arriving at Berlin Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 42m.

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The distance between Essen and Berlin is 454 km. The road distance is 526 km.

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The best way to get from Essen to Berlin without a car is to train which takes 3h 42m and costs 25€ - 130€.

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The train from Essen Hbf to Berlin Hbf takes 3h 42m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Essen to Berlin bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Essen station.

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Essen to Berlin train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Essen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Essen to Berlin is to train which takes 3h 42m and costs 25€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 35€ and takes 7h.

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Map of how to get from Essen to Berlin.
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  • Distance: 453.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 42m

What companies run services between Essen, Germany and Berlin, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Essen to Berlin Hbf hourly. Tickets cost 85€ - 120€ and the journey takes 3h 42m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Essen to Berlin ZOB hourly. Tickets cost 25€ - 35€ and the journey takes 7h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 180€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Berlin Tegel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
110€ - 430€
Flights from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 200€
Flights from Muenster to Berlin Tegel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 480€
Flights from Muenster to Berlin Tegel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 480€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 180€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 220€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 170€
Flights from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 750€
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Muenster to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
35€ - 300€
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 Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Essen Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
22€ - 35€
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
90€ - 130€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Essen to Berlin, Berlin central station
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Essen to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
7€ - 9€
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Essen, Essen central station to Münster, Münster
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
Flixtrain
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
National Express Rail
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hauptbahnhof to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
13€ - 20€
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
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
AR Abellio Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
AR Abellio Rail NRW GmbH
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Essen Hbf to Muenster(Westf)Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
29€ - 55€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Essen to Berlin, Berlin central bus station
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Essen to Berlin
Ave. Duration
5h 43m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 40€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Berlin Tegel Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Essen to Berlin bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Berlin, Berlin central bus station.

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Essen to Berlin train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Berlin Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Essen to Berlin is 526 km. It takes approximately 4h 58m to drive from Essen to Berlin.

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KLM, easyJet, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Berlin Tegel Airport.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Essen and Berlin. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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