Buses from Brussels to Essen
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Brussels - Essen Bus Schedule
There are 2 intercity buses per day from Brussels to Essen. Traveling by bus from Brussels to Essen usually takes around 5 hours and 41 minutes, but the fastest BlaBlaCar Bus bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 30 minutes.
|Distance||123 mi (197 km)|
|Shortest duration||5h 30m|
|Trips per day||3|
|Most frequent service||BlaBlaCar Bus|
What bus companies travel from Brussels to Essen?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from Brussels to Essen that you can search and book on Wanderu. However, each company only runs one bus per day.
Book BlaBlaCar Bus from Brussels to Essen from $14. There are 1 BlaBlaCar Bus schedules from Brussels to Essen and you can expect on average to pay for a BlaBlaCar Bus ticket to Essen. In Brussels, BlaBlaCar Bus departs to Essen from Gare du Midi and no other station. In Essen, BlaBlaCar Bus arrives at Essen-Hauptbahnhof Station and no other station.
An average trip on BlaBlaCar Bus from Brussels to Essen takes 5 hours and 36 minutes , while the fastest available BlaBlaCar Bus trip will get you to Essen in 5 hours and 30 minutes .
On weekends, BlaBlaCar Bus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Essen.
Book FlixBus from Brussels to Essen from $19. There are 1 FlixBus schedules from Brussels to Essen and you can expect on average to pay for a FlixBus ticket to Essen. In Brussels, FlixBus departs to Essen from Gare du Midi and 1 other station. In Essen, FlixBus arrives at Train Station and no other station.
An average trip on FlixBus from Brussels to Essen takes 5 hours and 47 minutes , while the fastest available FlixBus trip will get you to Essen in 5 hours and 30 minutes .
On weekends, FlixBus offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Essen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Brussels to Essen during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
How long is the bus ride?
The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 41 minutes to cover the 197 kilometers from Brussels to Essen. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 30 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
"Because many passengers travel from Brussels to Essen at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go."
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Brussels?
The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Brussels to Essen, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many bus trips to Essen are there per day?
There are usually only 2 buses per day from Brussels to Essen. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Brussels to Essen; ticket prices start at $65.01.
The center of European activities, Brussels is a cosmopolitan hub that features many cultural elements, making it one of the top destinations for international travelers. Sitting at the heart of Brussels is the famous Grand-Place, a world heritage site that boasts many nearby Gothic and Baroque architectural marvels. During the holiday season, the square hosts the Winter Wonders light show, as well as a giant Christmas tree. If you enjoy museums, don’t miss out on the Musical Instruments Museum, which is housed in an Art Nouveau building. Featuring as many as 1,200 instruments from around the world, the museum is every music fan’s dream. If you want to go on a shopping spree while in Brussels, head for the Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, which is housed in a stunning Renaissance-style arcade.
Brussels is the home to many Michelin-starred restaurants, and its food scene is among the top-rated in the country. For those wishing to enjoy a contemporary twist on Belgian classics, head towards La Quincaillerie. If seafood is your go-to, Noordzee Mer du Nord will definitely satisfy your palate.
Brussels’ three main rail stations are Brussels-South, Brussels-Central, and Brussels-North, all of which are the busiest in the country. Gare du Midi, located in the Brussels-South station, is the main hub for bus travel in and out of Brussels. The city is served by several airports, the most prominent of which is the Brussels-National Airport, located 10 miles east of the city.
Where does the bus leave from in Brussels?
Brussels has two bus stations with service to Essen.
All bus stations in Brussels:
Gare du Midi
Where does the bus arrive in Essen?
These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Essen.
Bus stations in Essen:
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