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About National Express

National Express is one of a handful of private companies contracted to operate certain services on Germany's rail network. National Express is responsible for 279 routes across Rhineland and North Rhine-Westphalia areas.

National Express trains stop at 63 cities with 119 trips daily with prices as low as $4.40. Destinations include Cologne, Bonn, Munster, Dusseldorf, Essen, and Aachen.

Passengers can be sure of air conditioning and onboard restrooms when stepping aboard a National Express train. As a green-certified company, National Express is also one of the most sustainable ways of traveling around the region.

As an official partner of National Express since 2017, Wanderu has the cheapest prices and full schedules for your next train trip.

National Express Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
Green certifiedGreen certified


National Express train coverage

Daily Trips119

National Express Routes & Network

National Express’s train network features 279 train routes that connect 63 cities serving 92 stations. On average, National Express performs about 119 train trips every day. The top cities to which National Express offers the highest number of daily train service include Essen and Drensteinfurt.

Top Cities Served by National Express

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Rheine13:58 am6:13 pm
Aachen111:46 pm10:46 pm
Düsseldorf111:04 pm10:44 pm
Münster111:49 pm10:46 pm
Drensteinfurt14:52 am7:52 pm

Most popular National Express routes

The train from Essen to Drensteinfurt is National Express’s most popular route. Trips from Cologne to Münster and Hengelo to Rheine are also highly popular.

Top National Express routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Essen to Drensteinfurt21h 20m$29
Cologne to Münster102h 7m$43
Hengelo to Rheine30h 40m$8

National Express Train Guide & FAQs

Do National Express trains have WiFi?

No, unfortunately National Express does not offer WiFi aboard its trains at this time. However, we find that a good book makes the time fly by and streaming services like Netflix allow you download TV shows and movies that you can then watch during your trip. Plan ahead and you will stay entertained during the entire train ride.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the train?

National Express does not offer power outlets on their trains at this time. We suggest you charge up your laptop ahead of time and bring a power bank for your phone to extend its battery life for the duration of the trip. And remember - a good book doesn’t require any power.

What is National Express's schedule?

On a typical day, National Express has 119 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, National Express does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, National Express requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

What are National Express’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about National Express’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms on National Express trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on National Express trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or beverages available?

National Express does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most trains do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Do you have to print your National Express ticket?

National Express does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Does National Express offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

National Express focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.

Cheap National Express tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 119 National Express trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and National Express tickets start at just $4.40. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on National Express tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap National Express tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare National Express prices with trips offered by other train companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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