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There are 10 ways to get from Glasgow to Essen by bus, plane, train, bus and ferry, car, car ferry, night bus or car train

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Bus to Edinburgh, fly to Dusseldorf

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
  2. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Dusseldorf (DUS)

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Bus, bus and ferry

  1. Take the bus from Glasgow to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Duisburg

Fly Glasgow to Dusseldorf

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Dusseldorf (DUS)

Bus to Edinburgh, fly to Frankfurt, train

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
  2. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Frankfurt (FRA)
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt to Essen Hbf

Fly Glasgow to Frankfurt, train

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Frankfurt (FRA)
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt to Essen Hbf

Fly Glasgow to Amsterdam Schiphol, train

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
  2. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
  3. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Oberhausen Hbf

Train

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to London Euston
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Essen Hbf

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Newcastle upon Tyne
  2. Take the car ferry from Newcastle upon Tyne to Amsterdam IJmuiden
  3. Drive from Amsterdam IJmuiden to Essen

Night bus, bus

  1. Take the night bus from Glasgow to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Maastricht
  3. Take the bus from Maastricht to Essen central train station

Drive, Eurotunnel

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Essen

Glasgow to Essen by train and subway

The journey time between Glasgow and Essen is around 15h 31m and covers a distance of around 1315 km. This includes an average layover time of around 6h 3m. The fastest journey normally takes 13h 34m. Operated by Avanti West Coast, London Underground (Tube), Eurostar and others, the Glasgow to Essen service departs from Glasgow Central and arrives in Essen Hbf. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
9h 27m
Layover time:
6h 3m
Total time:
15h 31m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
13h 34m
Journey distance:
1315 km
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
€355
Carbon emissions:
69 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
05:33
Last service departs at:
12:35

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Glasgow to Essen train and subway schedules

United Kingdom → Germany
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International entry into Germany from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Germany, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Paraguay, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside Germany with the above exceptions

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Conditions of entry into Germany from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Guatemala, India, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Palestine, Paraguay, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
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  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
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  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
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  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Germany

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Germany from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Essen is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Essen is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Essen is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Germany.

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Last updated: 15 Sep 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Robert Koch Institute.

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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Glasgow to Essen is to bus and bus and ferry, which costs £30 - £120 and takes 19h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Essen is to bus and fly which costs £75 - £220 and takes 5h 18m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Glasgow to Essen station. However, there are services departing from Glasgow and arriving at Essen central train station via London Victoria Coach Station and Maastricht. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Glasgow to Essen. However, there are services departing from Glasgow Central and arriving at Essen Hbf via Euston station, London St Pancras Eurostar and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 52m.

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The distance between Glasgow and Essen is 888 km.

The best way to get from Glasgow to Essen without a car is to train which takes 11h 52m and costs £300 - £950.

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It takes approximately 5h 18m to get from Glasgow to Essen, including transfers.

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Glasgow to Essen bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Glasgow station.

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Glasgow to Essen train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, depart from Glasgow Central station.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Essen is to fly which takes 7h 1m and costs £75 - £280. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £300 - £950 and takes 11h 52m.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Essen.
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  • Distance: 888.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 18m

What companies run services between Glasgow, Scotland and Essen, Germany?

Lufthansa, KLM and seven other airlines fly from Glasgow to Essen every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Glasgow to Essen via London Euston, Euston station, King's Cross St. Pancras station, London St Pancras Eurostar, and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 11h 52m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €360
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€150 - €360
Flights from Glasgow to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €450
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €370
Flights from Glasgow to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€140 - €370
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €300
Flights from Glasgow to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €420
Flights from Glasgow to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €350
Flights from Glasgow to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €330
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €380
Flights from Glasgow to Dusseldorf via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€100 - €420
Flights from Glasgow to Dusseldorf via London City
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€100 - €420
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt via London City
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
€110 - €380
Flights from Glasgow to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€110 - €350
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Glasgow to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€60 - €220
Flights from Glasgow to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Luton
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €220
Flights from Glasgow to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€60 - €220
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €260
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €370
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €270
Train operators
DB Fernverkehr AG
Website
delfi.de
Train from Frankfurt to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
delfi.de
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Oberhausen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
delfi.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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €70
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€60 - €85
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 Schiphol Airport to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€8 - €19
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€8 - €12
1st Class
€14 - €19
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Oberhausen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€17 - €40
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€17 - €24
1st Class
€28 - €40
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€75 - €160
Website
Thalys
Standard
€75 - €110
Comfort
€90 - €120
Premium
€110 - €160
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€154
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Scottish Citylink
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Glasgow to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€17 - €22
Website
National Express
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Duisburg
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€19 - €27
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
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
Night bus from Glasgow to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Maastricht
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€28 - €35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Maastricht to Essen central train station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
FlixBus-de
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Maastricht to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Newcastle upon Tyne to Amsterdam IJmuiden
Ave. Duration
15h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€80 - €250
Website
dfds.co.uk
4-bed inside cabin
€100 - €240
2-bed inside cabin
€80 - €250
2-bed sea view cabin
€120 - €240
4 berth commodore cabin
€240 - €320
3-bed Commodore De Luxe double bed
€300 - €390
Standard Car (extra fee)
€131

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Glasgow to Essen bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Essen central train station.

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Essen is 1h ahead of Glasgow. It is currently 3:32 AM in Glasgow and 4:32 AM in Essen.

Glasgow to Essen train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Essen Hbf station.

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Eurowings, KLM, Air France and two other airlines offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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