There are 5 ways to get from Essen to Cologne by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  49 min

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

$12 - $45

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Rideshare  •  1 h 6 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Essen to Cologne 44.2 miles

$3 - $8

3 alternative options

Bus  •  1 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Essen - Hauptbahnhof to Köln ZOB

$35 - $55

Taxi  •  48 min

  1. Take a taxi from Essen to Cologne 44.6 miles

$170 - $220

Drive  •  48 min

  1. Drive from Essen to Cologne 44.6 miles

$9 - $14

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Essen - Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Köln ZOB. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Essen Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 49 min.

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The distance between Essen and Cologne is 58 km. The road distance is 71.3 km.

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The best way to get from Essen to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 49 min and costs .

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The train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf takes 49 min including transfers and departs every 15 minutes.

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Essen to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, depart from Essen - Hauptbahnhof station.

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Essen to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Essen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Essen to Cologne is to train which takes 49 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 1 h 25 min.

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Essen to Cologne bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Köln ZOB station.

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Essen to Cologne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Köln Hbf station.

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  • Distance: 36.5 miles
  • Duration: 49 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Essen to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $23 - $35 and the journey takes 49 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Essen to Cologne 3 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 1 h 25 min.

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.

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $15
Schedules at
avv.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
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
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Essen - Hauptbahnhof to Köln ZOB
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Essen to Cologne
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $8
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Essen to Cologne
Ave. Duration
48 min
Estimated price
$170 - $220
Taxi Dina
Phone
+49 201/8308877
Website
taxi-dina.de
Trans-Port-Essen
Phone
+49 201/706090
Website
trans-port-essen.de

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Yes, the driving distance between Essen to Cologne is 71 km. It takes approximately 48 min to drive from Essen to Cologne.

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

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