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There are 6 ways to get from Essen to Dortmund by train, bus, night train, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  22 min

  1. Take the train from Essen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Re1 / ...

$15 - $22

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  45 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Essen to Dortmund 23.6 miles

$3

4 alternative options

Bus  •  34 min

  1. Take the bus from Essen - Hauptbahnhof to Dortmund Hbf

$35 - $50

Night train  •  20 min

  1. Take the night train from Essen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf Ic / ...

$4 - $22

Taxi  •  28 min

  1. Take a taxi from Essen to Dortmund 23.9 miles

$95 - $120

Drive  •  28 min

  1. Drive from Essen to Dortmund 23.9 miles

$5 - $8

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The cheapest way to get from Essen to Dortmund is to rideshare which costs 3€ and takes 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Essen to Dortmund is to night train which costs 3€ - 19€ and takes 20 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Essen - Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Dortmund Hbf. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 34 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Essen Hbf and arriving at Dortmund Hbf. Services depart every 20 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 22 min.

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The distance between Essen and Dortmund is 32 km. The road distance is 38.3 km.

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The best way to get from Essen to Dortmund without a car is to train which takes 22 min and costs 13€ - 19€.

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The train from Essen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf takes 22 min including transfers and departs every 20 minutes.

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

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Essen to Dortmund train services, operated by Bahn DE, depart from Essen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Essen to Dortmund is to train which takes 22 min and costs 13€ - 19€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 34 min.

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Map of how to get from Essen to Dortmund.
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  • Distance: 20 miles
  • Duration: 22 min

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

Bahn DE operates a train from Essen to Dortmund every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $18 - $21 and the journey takes 22 min. Deutsche Bahn also services this route every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Eurolines DE operates a bus from Essen to Dortmund 3 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 34 min.

Train operators
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Essen Hbf to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $21
Schedules at
bahn.de
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 Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
bahn.de
S-Bahn
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Essen - Hauptbahnhof to Dortmund Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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 Dortmund
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$3
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Essen to Dortmund
Ave. Duration
28 min
Estimated price
$95 - $120
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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Essen to Dortmund bus services, operated by Eurolines DE, arrive at Dortmund Hbf station.

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Essen to Dortmund train services, operated by Bahn DE, arrive at Dortmund Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Essen to Dortmund is 38 km. It takes approximately 28 min to drive from Essen to Dortmund.

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There are 335+ hotels available in Dortmund. Prices start at $56 USD per night.

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

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