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There are 5 ways to get from Essen to Mannheim by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 24m

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

€30 - €95

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Rideshare  •  3h 18m

  1. Take the rideshare from Essen to Mannheim 302.3 km

€15 - €19

3 alternative options

Bus  •  6h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Essen Central Bus Station to Mannheim Central Bus Station Dortmund - Varna / ...

€19 - €23

Drive  •  2h 39m

  1. Drive from Essen to Mannheim 302.2 km

€30 - €50

Fly, train  •  3h 17m

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf

€83 - €286

Essen to Mannheim by train

The train journey time between Essen and Mannheim is around 2h 48m and covers a distance of around 322 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 14m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, the Essen to Mannheim train service departs from Essen Hbf and arrives in Mannheim Hbf. Typically 141 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 48m
Fastest train time:
2h 14m
Trains per week:
141
Cheapest price:
€30
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:00
Last train departs at:
19:48

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Essen to Mannheim train schedules

Essen → Mannheim
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The cheapest way to get from Essen to Mannheim is to rideshare which costs €15 - €19 and takes 3h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Essen to Mannheim is to train which costs €30 - €95 and takes 2h 24m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Essen Central Bus Station station and arriving at Mannheim Central Bus Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Essen Hbf and arriving at Mannheim Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 24m.

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It is 242 km from Essen to Mannheim. It is approximately 302.2 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Essen to Mannheim without a car is to train which takes 2h 24m and costs €30 - €95.

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The train from Essen Hbf to Mannheim Hbf takes 2h 24m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Essen to Mannheim bus services, operated by Karat-S, depart from Essen Central Bus Station.

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Essen to Mannheim train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Essen Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Essen to Mannheim is to train which takes 2h 24m and costs €30 - €95. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €19 - €23 and takes 6h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Essen to Mannheim.
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  • Distance: 241.8 km
  • Duration: 2h 24m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Essen Hbf to Mannheim Hbf every 2 hours. Tickets cost €60 - €85 and the journey takes 2h 24m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Karat-S operates a bus from Essen Central Bus Station to Mannheim Central Bus Station once daily. Tickets cost €35 - €55 and the journey takes 6h 10m. FlixBus also services this route 4 times a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €370
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €85
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€21 - €29
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€65 - €95
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Essen Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€11 - €27
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€11 - €16
1st Class
€19 - €27
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€15 - €22
Website
Railjet
Bus operators
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Essen Central Bus Station to Mannheim Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
Karat-S
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Essen central train station to Mannheim central bus station
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€19 - €23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Essen to Mannheim
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Essen to Mannheim bus services, operated by Karat-S, arrive at Mannheim Central Bus Station.

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Essen to Mannheim train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Mannheim Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Essen to Mannheim is 302 km. It takes approximately 2h 39m to drive from Essen to Mannheim.

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

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