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There are 10 ways to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  6h 52m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Essen Hbf Ice

$104 - $254

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Bus  •  11h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Essen N07

$40 - $70

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Train  •  6h 58m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Essen Hbf Ec

$140 - $220

Drive  •  5h 42m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Essen Hbf 395.7 miles

$80 - $120

Fly Zurich to Dusseldorf, train  •  4h 23m

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

$61 - $202

Fly Zurich to Cologne Bonn, train  •  4h 59m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) ZRH - CGN
  2. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Essen Hbf

$89 - $242

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  6h 12m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Dusseldorf (DUS) STR - DUS
  3. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf

$125 - $282

Train to Basel, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  5h 48m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BSL - DUS
  3. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf

$96 - $317

Train, train to Friedrichshafen, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5h 52m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Singen
  2. Take the train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
  3. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FDH - DUS
  4. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf

$154 - $565

Fly Zurich to Paderborn, train  •  6h 16m

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

$181 - $869

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf is to bus which costs SFr 40 - SFr 70 and takes 11h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf is to fly and train which costs SFr 60 - SFr 210 and takes 4h 23m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Essen. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Essen Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 58m.

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The distance between Zürich and Essen Hbf is 468 km. The road distance is 633.1 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf without a car is to train which takes 6h 52m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 260.

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It takes approximately 6h 52m to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf, including transfers.

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Zürich to Essen Hbf bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Essen Hbf train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf is to train which takes 6h 52m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 40 - SFr 70 and takes 11h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf.
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  • Distance: 292.2 miles
  • Duration: 6h 52m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Essen Hbf, Germany?

You can take a train from Zürich to Essen Hbf via Basel SBB and Mannheim Hbf in around 6h 52m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Essen Hbf once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $70 and the journey takes 11h 40m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $900
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Paderborn via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,500
Flights from Zurich to Paderborn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,500
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $900
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $420
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Zurich to Paderborn
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $220
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Singen
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
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 Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $110
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$21 - $110
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
24m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Paderborn Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
S-Bahn Köln
Website
avv.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
42m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $11
Schedules at
avv.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Essen
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Dusseldorf Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Zürich to Essen Hbf bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Essen station.

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Zürich to Essen Hbf train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Essen Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Essen Hbf is 633 km. It takes approximately 5h 42m to drive from Zürich to Essen Hbf.

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Swiss, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer flights from Zurich Airport to Dusseldorf Airport.

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There are 648+ hotels available in Essen Hbf. Prices start at $56 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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