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Essen-Kassel Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 90 daily trains from Essen to Kassel. Traveling by train from Essen to Kassel usually takes around 4 hours and 11 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 2 hours and 41 minutes.

Distance107 mi (172 km)
Fastest train2h 41m
Lowest price€29.00
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines4

Which train should you take from Essen to Kassel?

There are 4 train lines with service from Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia to Kassel, Hesse. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 72 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity-Express84h 7m€67.52
Deutsche Bahn724h 10m€57.94
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company264h 19m€52.62
Non-federally owned railway company13h 9m€42.15

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Essen to Kassel 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Essen to Kassel?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Essen to Kassel. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Essen to Kassel?

The distance between Essen and Kassel is approximately 107 miles, or 172 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 41 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Essen to Kassel 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 Sunday 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 Essen at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. 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 Essen to Kassel?

There are 90 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Kassel. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Kassel to Essen. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Essen to Kassel for €11.95.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Essen?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 6 stops and stations in Essen where you can board the train.

Train stations in Essen:

  • Kettwig

  • Kettwig Stausee

  • Train Station

  • Essen-Werden

  • Essen-Dellwig

Where is the train station in Kassel?

Arrival stations

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

Train stations in Kassel:

  • Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe

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