The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
This is the last bus of the day.
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5 h 30 m
5 h 32 m
Buses per day
Of the 2 buses that leave Brussels for Essen every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Distance||122 miles (197 km)|
|Average bus duration||3 h 30 min|
|Average bus ticket price||$26 (€24)|
|Bus frequency||5 a day|
|Direct bus||Yes, there are 3 direct buses a day|
|Bus companies||Eurolines France, Flixbus, BlaBlaCar, BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurolines Germany or Deutsche Bahn|
Buses from Brussels to Essen cover the 122 miles (197 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 30 min with our travel partners like Eurolines France, Flixbus, BlaBlaCar, BlaBlaCar Bus, Eurolines Germany or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 5 buses operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $26 (€24), you can find the cheapest bus ticket for as low as $20 (€19). Travelers depart most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Essen, Freiheit / Am Hauptbahnhof (Ruhrbahn KundenCenter).
For as little as $20 (€19) you can travel by bus to Essen from Brussels with FlixBus, Deutsche Bahn and BlaBlaCar Bus. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.
FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost bus companies in Europe. Founded in Germany, FlixBus has expanded its services throughout Europe and even to the United States, giving travelers in both continents the option to take a long-distance bus at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight buses on select routes throughout Europe. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on bag and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for bringing extra luggage and making specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat. Standard amenities onboard include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long bus journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.
Bus information from Brussels to Essen with FlixBus:
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of bus services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your bus between Brussels and Essen. DB uses different types of buses such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain buses.
BlaBlaCar Bus (formerly known as Ouibus or iDBUS) is a popular French bus company from France operating long-distance services in 10 countries in Europe and connecting over 300 destinations. It is a subsidiary of the French carpooling service, BlaBlaCar. Standard amenities on BlaBlaCar Bus include toilets, air conditioning, USB and power outlets for charging phones, tablets and laptops during long bus journeys, extra legroom and adjustable seats. There is also free Wi-Fi available on select routes. The only ticket type from BlaBlaCar Bus is the Standard ticket, which allows each traveler to bring one carry-on bag and up to two checked bags.
Travel between Brussels, Belgium and Essen, Germany by bus is: Fully open.
International entry status: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium
Conditions of entry:
All travelers in Germany must observe these coronavirus safety measures:
The information above was last checked on 8/8/22. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your bus from Brussels to Essen as this information can change.
The current restriction level for your return trip by bus from Essen to Brussels is: Fully open
Reentry to Belgium is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
What are the requirements?
The government of Belgium has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 7/28/22. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your bus to Brussels from Essen here.
When taking a bus from Brussels, you have a couple of bus stations you can depart from including Brussels, Brussels South (Gare du Midi), Brussels-Noord and Brussels, Boulevard Pachéco (Congrès). When you arrive in Essen, your bus can arrive in bus stations including Essen, Freiheit / Am Hauptbahnhof (Ruhrbahn KundenCenter), Essen, Hauptbahnhof Südseite and Essen, Freiheit (Hauptbahnhof).
Omio customers traveling this route book their buses from Bruxelles-Midi to Essen, Freiheit / Am Hauptbahnhof (Ruhrbahn KundenCenter).
The most popular departure bus station with passengers for this trip, called Bruxelles-Midi, is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the city center of Brussels.
The most popular arrival bus station, Essen, Freiheit / Am Hauptbahnhof (Ruhrbahn KundenCenter), is located 0.4 miles (668 m) away from the city center of Essen.
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