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There are 6 ways to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  1h 50m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FRA - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Gelsenkirchen Hbf

€67 - €179

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Bus  •  4h 17m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt Airport to Düsseldorf central bus station N61 / ...

€38 - €111

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Fly to Muenster, train  •  2h 31m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Muenster (FMO) FRA - FMO
  2. Take the train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf

€50 - €225

Train via Duisburg Hbf  •  2h 2m

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

€48 - €130

Train  •  2h 5m

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

€50 - €85

Drive  •  2h 15m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen 247.5 km

€27 - €40

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) → Gelsenkirchen
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Gelsenkirchen is 116 117.

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The social distance requirement in Gelsenkirchen is 1.5 metres.

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The cost-effective way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen is to drive, which costs €27 - €40 and takes 2h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen is to fly and train which costs €65 - €180 and takes 1h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and arriving at Gelsenkirchen Hbf. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 5m.

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The distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Gelsenkirchen is 192 km. The road distance is 247.5 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen without a car is to train via Duisburg Hbf which takes 2h 2m and costs €45 - €130.

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It takes approximately 1h 50m to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen, including transfers.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen is to train via Duisburg Hbf which takes 2h 2m and costs €45 - €130. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €35 - €120 and takes 4h 17m.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Duisburg Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen.
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  • Distance: 192 km
  • Duration: 1h 50m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Duisburg Hbf every 30 minutes. Tickets cost €45 - €65 and the journey takes 1h 36m. Deutsche Bahn Intercity also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt Airport to Düsseldorf central bus station every 4 hours. Tickets cost €13 - €16 and the journey takes 2h 50m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €320
Flights from Frankfurt to Muenster
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€140 - €300
Nouvel Air Tunisie
Website
nouvelair.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€40 - €150
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€12 - €17
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
National Express Rail
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€2 - €4
Website
Eurobahn
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Duesseldorf Flughafen to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Düsseldorf Flughafen to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
ABELLIO Rail
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 Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€55 - €80
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€60 - €85
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 Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€13 - €19
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Muenster(Westf)Hbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€21 - €29
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Gelsenkirchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Münster to Gelsenkirchen central station
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€6 - €8
Website
Flixtrain
Bus operators
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt Airport to Düsseldorf central bus station
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Frankfurt - Airport to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Blablabus
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Frankfurt am Main, Flg.,Terminal 1, Busparkplatz P36 to Düsseldorf, Hbf., Worringer Str.
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
RegioJet

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen is 247 km. It takes approximately 2h 15m to drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Gelsenkirchen.

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