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Dortmund-Essen Train Schedule

Train
$4.43
6:24 PM
Dortmund Central Station
6:47 PM
Essen Hbf
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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Dortmund to Essen. Traveling by train from Dortmund to Essen usually takes around 23 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity train can make the trip in 20 minutes.

Distance20 mi (32 km)
Fastest train0h 20m
Lowest price$4.40
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceFlixTrain
Train lines4

Which train should you take from Dortmund to Essen?

There are 4 train lines with service from Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia to Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia. FlixTrain is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity10h 22m$16.09
DB Intercity-Express10h 25m$22.15
Deutsche Bahn10h 48m$25.84
FlixTrain20h 23m$6.54

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Dortmund to Essen during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train 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, train 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 train 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 train.

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 train journey from Dortmund to Essen?

The distance between Dortmund and Essen is approximately 20 miles, or 32 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 20 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Essen.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Dortmund to Essen are the most crowded on Sunday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Dortmund at 1:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Dortmund to Essen?

Trains leave the station in Dortmund twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Essen with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Essen to Dortmund. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Dortmund to Essen for $20.55.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Dortmund?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Dortmund where you can board the train to Essen.

Train stations in Dortmund:

  • Dortmund-Kruckel

Where is the train station in Essen?

Arrival stations

Essen receives travelers from Dortmund at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Essen:

  • Essen Hbf

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