There are 8 ways to get from Essen to Bruges by train, bus, 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.

Recommended option

Train Thalys  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Bruxelles Midi Tha
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Midi to Brugge Intercity

$102 - $136

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Essen to Bruges 080

$20 - $35

6 alternative options

Train Deutsche Bahn  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles Midi Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Bruxelles-Midi to Brugge

$64 - $139

Bus, train  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Duisburg to Brussels Schaerbeek - North Train station Dortmund > Duisburg > Dusseldorf > Cologne > Aix-la-Chapelle > Liège > Bruxelles Schaerbeek - Gare Nord > Bruxelles Centre - Gare Midi > Paris Centre - Bercy > Orléans > Tours > Poitiers > Angoulême > Bordeaux Centre > Bayonne > Saint-Sébastien > Hernani
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Brugge Intercity

$36 - $62

Drive  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Essen to Bruges 179.2 miles

$35 - $55

Fly Dusseldorf to Amsterdam, train  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Amsterdam (AMS) DUS - AMS
  2. Take the train from Schiphol (Airport) to Antwerpen Centraal
  3. Take the train from Antwerpen Centraal to Brugge

$146 - $378

Fly Dusseldorf to Brussels, train  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Brussels (BRU) DUS - BRU
  2. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nat.-Aéroport to Brugge

$94 - $298

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Brussels, train  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Brussels (BRU) FRA - BRU
  3. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nat.-Aéroport to Brugge

$113 - $389

What companies run services between Essen, Germany and Bruges, Belgium?

You can take a train from Essen to Bruges via Bruxelles Midi and Bruxelles-Midi in around 4 h 2 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Essen to Bruges 4 times a week. Tickets cost $20 - $35 and the journey takes 5 h 35 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $400
Flights from Dusseldorf to Brussels via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to Brussels
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $380
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Dusseldorf to Brussels via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Brussels via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $390
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Brussels via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $340
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Brussels via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $230
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Brussels via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $330
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Brussels via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$90 - $120
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$90 - $120
1st Class
$120 - $170
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$29 - $50
1st Class
$50 - $65
Train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$60 - $75
1st Class
$75 - $110
Train from Schiphol (Airport) to Antwerpen Centraal
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$45 - $70
1st Class
$70 - $95
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Bruxelles-Midi to Brugge
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$11 - $17
1st Class
$18 - $26
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Brugge
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$12 - $18
1st Class
$18 - $27
Train from Antwerpen Centraal to Brugge
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$12 - $18
1st Class
$19 - $28
Train from Bruxelles-Nat.-Aéroport to Brugge
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $28
Website
belgianrail.be
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$25 - $28
1st Class
$36 - $39
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Bruxelles Midi
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$23 - $120
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Essen to Bruges
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Duisburg to Brussels Schaerbeek - North Train station
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
Ouibus

Want to know more about travelling around Belgium

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

Questions & Answers

How far is it from Essen to Bruges?

The distance between Essen and Bruges is 265 km. The road distance is 287 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Essen to Bruges?

The cheapest way to get from Essen to Bruges is to bus which costs 16€ - 27€ and takes 5 h 35 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Essen to Bruges?

The quickest way to get from Essen to Bruges is to drive which takes 2 h 50 min and costs 30€ - 45€.

Is there a direct train between Essen and Bruges?

No, there is no direct train from Essen to Bruges. However, there are services departing from Essen Hbf and arriving at Brugge via Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 2 min.

Is there a direct bus between Essen and Bruges?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Essen and arriving at Bruges. Services depart four times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 35 min.

How long does it take to get from Essen to Bruges?

It takes approximately 4 h 2 min to get from Essen to Bruges, including transfers.