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Trip Summary

There are 31 daily trains from Munich to Essen. Traveling by train from Munich to Essen usually takes around 6 hours and 31 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 5 hours and 17 minutes.

Distance307 mi (494 km)
Fastest train5h 17m
Lowest price$20.99
Trains per day20
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines5

Which train should you take from Munich to Essen?

There are 5 train lines with service from Munich, Bavaria to Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 24 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity17h 3m$86.50
DB Intercity16h 57m$84.12
DB Intercity-Express76h 4m$92.81
Deutsche Bahn246h 41m$94.58
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company47h 22m$87.40

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Munich 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 Munich to Essen?

The distance between Munich and Essen is approximately 307 miles, or 494 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 31 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 17 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 Munich to Essen are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Munich at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 Munich to Essen?

There are 31 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 Munich. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Munich to Essen for $17.53.

City Information

Munich

Boasting a quaint beauty that has withstood the test of time, Munich is a vibrant city where the old meets the new. One of the most noticeable events in the city is Oktoberfest. The festival is the largest beer festival in the world, and it is here that you can enjoy a huge variety of beers, as well as local specialties and themed entertainment. For those who want to learn more about the city’s architectural history, consider visiting the Church of Our Lady, which features two unique dome-topped towers, forming an eye-catching part of Munich’s skyline. If you simply wish to enjoy a stroll around town, the English Garden, with its signature Chinesischen Turm, will offer the reprieve you need.

Among the local favorites in the city are Spatenhaus and Haxnbauer, both of which serve authentic hearty Munich dishes. For a more affordable dinner, you could check out the beer gardens such as Seehaus Biergarten or Augustinerkeller.

München Hauptbahnhof, located at the center of Munich, is the principal train station in the city serving all Deutsche Bahn trains that pass through town. Munich’s Central Bus Station is located in the heart of the city, making it easy to catch a bus by FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus or Sindbad. The main airport is the Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, which lies 19 miles northeast of the city center.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Munich?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Munich.

Where is the train station in Essen?

Arrival stations

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

Train stations in Essen:

  • Kettwig Stausee

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