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

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Recommended option

Train  •  49 min

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

$24 - $35

Cheapest option

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

$180 - $220

Drive  •  48 min

  1. Drive from Essen to Cologne 44.6 miles

$9 - $14

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Essen to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 3€ - 7€ and takes 1 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Essen to Cologne is to taxi which costs 150€ - 190€ and takes 48 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 train from Essen Hbf to Köln Hbf takes 49 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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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 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 49 min.

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Essen to Cologne every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $24 - $35 and the journey takes 49 min. Flixtrain also services this route once daily. 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
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Essen, Essen central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
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
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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
$180 - $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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