There are 4 ways to get from Essen to Bruges by train, bus or car

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Train  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Brussels - Midi
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Brugge Ic / ...

$97 - $130

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Bus  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Essen to Bruges 080

$18 - $35

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Essen - Hauptbahnhof to Antwerpen
  2. Take the train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Brugge Ic

$55 - $75

Drive  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Essen to Bruges 179.2 miles

$35 - $55

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Essen and arriving at Bruges. Services depart three times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Essen to Bruges. However, there are services departing from Essen Hbf and arriving at Brugge via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 58 min.

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The distance between Essen and Bruges is 265 km. The road distance is 286.7 km.

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The best way to get from Essen to Bruges without a car is to train which takes 4 h 58 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to get from Essen to Bruges, including transfers.

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

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Essen to Bruges train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Essen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Essen to Bruges is to train which takes 4 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 55 min.

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

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Essen to Bruges train services, operated by Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB), arrive at Brugge station.

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  • Distance: 165.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 58 min

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

You can take a train from Essen to Bruges via Brussels - Midi and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 4 h 58 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Essen to Bruges 3 times a week. Tickets cost $18 - $35 and the journey takes 5 h 55 min.

Train operators
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Brussels - Midi
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
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
b-rail.be
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Brugge
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$14 - $21
1st Class
$22 - $35
Train from Antwerpen-Centraal to Brugge
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
belgianrail.be
Book at
eurail.com
2nd Class
$12 - $17
1st Class
$18 - $27
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Essen - Hauptbahnhof to Antwerpen
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 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 Essen to Bruges
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Essen to Bruges is 287 km. It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to drive from Essen to Bruges.

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Book your Essen to Bruges bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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