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Journey Information

Berlin to Essen bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$11.73
Shortest Duration5h 33m
Trips per day7
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Berlin to Essen right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Berlin to Essen?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $17.85 was the low point for bus fares from Berlin to Essen. Buses from Essen to Berlin are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $17.85 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 7 hours and 47 minutes to cover the 282 miles (453 kilometers) from Berlin, BE to Essen, NW. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 33 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Essen at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Berlin?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Berlin to Essen, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 7 scheduled buses that travel from Berlin to Essen every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 5 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Berlin to Essen; ticket prices start at $11.76.

What bus companies travel from Berlin to Essen?

There is one bus company that operates from Berlin to Essen. FlixBus is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus77h 48m$22.89

Where does the bus leave from in Berlin?

Berlin, Berlin has two bus stations with service to Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Central Bus Station
  • Südkreuz
  • Berlin Wannsee
  • Zufahrt zum Flughafen Tegel
  • Berlin-Spandau
  • Alexanderplatz
  • Berlin Südkreuz
  • Train Station (tief)
  • Alt-Tegel

Where does the bus arrive in Essen?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Train Station
  • Train Station

Price trends for buses from Berlin to Essen

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