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Berlin-Essen Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Berlin, BE to Essen, NW?

Lowest Price$29.28
Fastest Train3h 47m
Trains Per Day16
Train Lines4

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train 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 train 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, train 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.

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Berlin to Essen. 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.

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

In the last month, $45.34 was the average price of a train ticket from Berlin, BE to Essen, NW. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 8 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $36.81 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Berlin to Essen?

The distance between Berlin and Essen is approximately 282 miles, or 453 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 26 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 47 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Berlin 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 Tuesday 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 Berlin at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 Berlin to Essen?

There are 16 scheduled trains on most days. 20 of these are direct connections to Essen. 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 Essen to Berlin. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Berlin to Essen for $11.75.

Which train should you take from Berlin to Essen?

There are 4 train lines with service from Berlin, Berlin to Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 13 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity24h 20m$50.83
DB Intercity-Express34h 1m$59.50
Deutsche Bahn134h 49m$87.91
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company44h 43m$109.18

Where is the train station in Berlin?

Berlin has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to Essen:

  • Train Station
  • Berlin Hbf (tief)
  • Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Where is the train station in Essen?

There are more train stations and stops in Essen than most cities. Most trains from Berlin will stop at one (or more) of the 13 following stations in Essen:

  • Train Station
  • Essen-Gerschede
  • Essen-Eiberg
  • Essen-Hügel
  • Essen-Dellwig Ost
  • Essen-Horst
  • Essen-Holthausen
  • Essen-Kupferdreh
  • Kettwig
  • Essen-Werden
  • Kettwig Stausee
  • Essen-Kray Süd
  • Essen-Dellwig

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