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Essen - Berlin Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Essen to Berlin. Traveling by train from Essen to Berlin usually takes around 4 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest FlixTrain train can make the trip in 4 hours and 21 minutes.

Distance282 mi (453 km)
Fastest train4h 21m
Lowest price$14.78
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceFlixTrain
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Essen to Berlin?

In the last month, $20.86 was the average price of a train ticket from Essen to Berlin. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $37.52 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Essen to Berlin often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in November when the average ticket price is only $47,

If you're thinking of traveling from Essen to Berlin during May, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $133 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in May, is to book your trip well in advance.

Which train should you take from Essen to Berlin?

FlixTrain is the one and only train line which connects Essen to Berlin. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixTrain44h 30m$42.73
  • Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles. FlixTrain operates 4 daily trips to Berlin from Essen. The train usually departs from Essen Hbf in Essen and arrives at Berlin Central Station in Berlin after about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The fastest way to get from Essen to Berlin is to take the train. Deutsche Bahn trains from Essen to Berlin take as little as 3 hours and 46 minutes, whereas it would take at least 5 hours to drive the route yourself or travel by bus.
Yes, every day there are 8 direct Deutsche Bahn trips from Essen to Berlin. Tickets average €70.49 and the average travel time is around 4 hours and 50 minutes.
Depending on what time you choose to leave, you might catch the train from Essen to Berlin at a number of different train stations. However, direct trips depart from the main train station in Essen, Essen Hauptbahnhof.

The distance between Essen and Berlin is approximately 282 miles, or 453 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 21 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

Trains from Essen to Berlin 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.

The earliest train departs Essen at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Essen to Berlin.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Berlin to Essen.

City Information

Berlin

Berlin is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe for all travelers. One of the most unique landmarks in Berlin is its famous Brandenburg Gate, which was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II. The Gate now represents German unity, and it is perhaps the most photogenic landmark in the capital city. Modern art enthusiasts should visit the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art which is Germany’s first street art museum. Opened in 2017, the museum displays works from various graffiti artists from around the world and it’s located in Schöneberg, one of the city’s edgier areas. If you’re simply looking to enjoy a stroll, the Tiergarten, which spans 519 acres from central Berlin, will offer the relaxing vibes you need.

Berlin has an expansive and vibrant food scene with a good variety. Those looking for traditional German dishes should head over to Zur letzten Instanz, which is the oldest restaurant in Berlin. For a special twist, don’t hesitate to visit the Turkish Market, which offers amazing Turkish delicacies.

The main hub for intercity bus services is the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin. For rail services, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the main train station. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, located just outside of the city’s south-eastern border, is the main air travel hub of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Essen?

Main departure station: Essen Hbf

There is one train station in Essen.

All train stations in Essen:

  • Essen Hbf

Where is the train station in Berlin?

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Main arrival station: Berlin Central Station

Occupying a grand modern glass and steel building on the River Spree, Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) is around 1.5 km from the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Also referred to as Berlin Central Station, the station is German capital's main railway station (hauptbahnhof). The lower platforms serve train lines that run north-south on Deutsche Bahn. The lower platforms are linked with upper platforms – for east-west services – via escalators and a middle floor containing shops, cafés, and other convenient facilities. It has additional connections with U-Bahn (metro) Line 5 and trams (streetcars). The intercity bus station lies on the opposite side of Europaplatz, with FlixBus providing services across Germany.

Train stations in Berlin:

  • Berlin Central Station

  • Berlin Ostbahnhof

  • Berlin Südkreuz

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