There are 5 ways to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  1 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf Ice

$50 - $80

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Bus  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Essen 016 / ...

$19 - $25

3 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf 149.7 miles

$30 - $50

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  1 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FRA - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf

$89 - $277

Fly to Paderborn, train  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Paderborn (PAD) FRA - PAD
  2. Take the train from Paderborn Hbf to Essen Hbf

$154 - $289

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf is to bus which costs 17€ - 22€ and takes 3 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf is to train which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 1 h 48 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport and arriving at Essen. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and arriving at Essen Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 48 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Essen Hbf is 190 km. The road distance is 239.5 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf without a car is to train which takes 1 h 48 min and costs 45€ - 70€.

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The train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf takes 1 h 48 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport station.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf is to train which takes 1 h 48 min and costs 45€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 17€ - 22€ and takes 3 h 45 min.

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  • Distance: 118.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 48 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany and Essen Hbf, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf hourly. Tickets cost $50 - $80 and the journey takes 1 h 48 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Essen Hbf 5 times a day. Tickets cost $19 - $25 and the journey takes 3 h 45 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Flights from Frankfurt to Paderborn
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $350
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Paderborn Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$17 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Essen, Essen central station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bus operators
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Essen
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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