There are 12 ways to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Mannheim  •  5h 54m

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

93€ - 181€

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Bus  •  11h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Essen N07

30€ - 45€

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Train  •  6h 58m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Essen Hbf Ec

180€ - 320€

Train #2  •  7h 9m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Siegburg/Bonn Ice
  3. Take the train from Siegburg/Bonn to Essen Hbf Ice

121€ - 202€

Bus via Karlsruhe  •  13h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Karlsruhe BlaBlaBus
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe Central Bus Station to Essen Central Bus Station Varna - Dortmund / ...

59€ - 93€

Drive  •  5h 44m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Essen Hbf 632.5 km

75€ - 110€

Fly Zurich to Dusseldorf  •  4h 7m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) ZRH - DUS

49€ - 201€

Fly Zurich to Cologne Bonn, train  •  5h 26m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) ZRH - CGN
  2. Take the train from Köln Köln/Bonn Flughafen Bf to Essen Hbf

46€ - 218€

Train, train to Friedrichshafen, fly to Dusseldorf  •  4h 52m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Singen(Hohentwiel)
  2. Take the train from Singen to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
  3. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FDH - DUS

125€ - 514€

Train to Basel, fly to Dusseldorf  •  5h 14m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BSL - DUS

67€ - 290€

Train, train to Stuttgart, fly to Dusseldorf  •  6h 8m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Singen(Hohentwiel)
  2. Take the train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Boeblingen
  3. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Dusseldorf (DUS) STR - DUS

110€ - 314€

Fly Zurich to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 23m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Frankfurt (FRA) ZRH - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf

130€ - 333€

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 11h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf is to fly which costs SFr 50 - SFr 230 and takes 4h 7m.

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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 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Essen Hbf. Services depart twice 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 632.5 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf without a car is to train via Mannheim which takes 5h 54m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 200.

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It takes approximately 5h 54m 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 Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf is to train via Mannheim which takes 5h 54m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 11h 55m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 50 - SFr 230 and takes 4h 7m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Essen Hbf.
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  • Distance: 467.6 km
  • Duration: 5h 54m

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Essen Hbf via Mannheim Hbf in around 5h 54m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Essen Hbf once daily. Tickets cost 30€ - 45€ and the journey takes 11h 55m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 280€
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 370€
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 370€
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 950€
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
50€ - 380€
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
200€ - 900€
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
200€ - 900€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
140€ - 600€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 800€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
140€ - 600€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 290€
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 280€
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 380€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 800€
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 240€
Flights from Zurich to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 280€
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 380€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 600€
Flights from Stuttgart to Dusseldorf via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
140€ - 600€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
85€ - 400€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 270€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Basel to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 550€
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 Zuerich Hb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 90€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Siegburg/Bonn
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 120€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Siegburg/Bonn to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln/Bonn Flughafen to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zuerich Hb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
95€ - 170€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
90€ - 160€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
180€ - 320€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
29€ - 55€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Singen(Hohentwiel)
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
24€ - 45€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Boeblingen
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 80€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
65€ - 95€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Boeblingen
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Deutsche Bahn Regional
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Köln Köln/Bonn Flughafen Bf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
12€ - 18€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Boeblingen
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ÖBB Intercity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Essen Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
TGV inOui
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
30€ - 35€
1st Class
24€ - 29€
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from Köln/Bonn Flughafen to Essen Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
DB ZugBus RAB GmbH
Website
zugbus-rab.de
Train from Singen to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
DB ZugBus RAB
Schedules at
SBB
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 Zurich to Essen
Ave. Duration
11h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Zürich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20€
Website
Marino Autolinee
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Zürich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
alsa.com
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Karlsruhe Central Bus Station to Essen Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Karat-S

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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 Intercity-Express, 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 44m to drive from Zürich to Essen Hbf.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 18 min and costs SFr 11 - SFr 20.

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