There are 9 ways to get from Essen to Berlin by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief) Ic / ...

$95 - $150

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Rideshare  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Essen to Berlin 332.4 miles

$21 - $40

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Bus  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Essen to Berlin, Berlin central bus station 081 / ...

$34 - $82

Train, drive  •  4 h 53 min

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

$88 - $130

Drive  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Essen to Berlin 333.9 miles

$70 - $110

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Berlin Tegel  •  3 h 22 min

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

$55 - $159

Train to Cologne/Bonn Apt, fly to Berlin Tegel  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
  2. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) CGN - TXL

$77 - $198

Train to Cologne/Bonn Apt, fly to Berlin Schoenefeld  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
  2. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) CGN - SXF

$55 - $198

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Berlin Tegel  •  4 h 24 min

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

$69 - $259

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Essen to Berlin is to rideshare which costs 18€ - 35€ and takes 5 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from Essen to Berlin is to train and fly which costs 45€ - 140€ and takes 3 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Essen to Berlin. However, there are services departing from Essen and arriving at Berlin, S+U Alexanderplatz Bhf/Memhardstr. via Berlin, Masurenallee/ZOB and S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Essen Hbf and arriving at Berlin Hbf (tief). Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 3 h 43 min.

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The distance between Essen and Berlin is 454 km. The road distance is 534.3 km.

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The best way to get from Essen to Berlin without a car is to train which takes 3 h 43 min and costs 85€ - 120€.

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The train from Essen Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief) takes 3 h 43 min 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, depart from Essen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Essen to Berlin is to train which takes 3 h 43 min and costs 85€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 28€ - 70€ and takes 8 h 21 min.

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Map of how to get from Essen to Berlin.
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  • Distance: 283.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 43 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Essen to Berlin hourly. Tickets cost $95 - $150 and the journey takes 3 h 43 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Essen to Berlin 3 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 7 h 30 min. Eurolines DE also services this route 5 times a week.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $200
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $240
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $200
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $240
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Tegel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $280
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Flights from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$14 - $180
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 Essen Hbf to Berlin Hbf (tief)
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Hannover Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $110
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$22 - $110
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $23
Schedules at
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Düsseldorf
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$17 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $45
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$27 - $45
1st Class
$45 - $60
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Essen, Essen central station to Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Train from Essen, Essen central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bus operators
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 Essen to Berlin, Berlin central bus station
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Essen - Hauptbahnhof to Berlin ZOB
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 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
5 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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