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Overview: Train from Brussels to Essen

distanceDistance122 miles (197 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 56 min
priceAverage train ticket price$32 (€27)
frequencyTrain frequency2 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 2 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche Bahn or Thalys

Trains from Brussels to Essen cover the 122 miles (197 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 56 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Thalys. Normally, there are 2 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $19 (€16), but the average price of train tickets is $32 (€27). Travelers depart most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi and arrive in Essen Hbf.

Train companies: Thalys and Deutsche Bahn from Brussels to Essen trains

You can travel by train from Brussels to Essen with Thalys and Deutsche Bahn for as low as $19 (€16). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

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Thalys is a French-Belgian high-speed train company that connects the main capital cities. For your next train to Essen from Brussels with Thalys, you can choose from these different ticket fares: Standard Mini, Standard, Comfort and Premium.

Book your Thalys Brussels to Essen train with Omio and enjoy a smooth and relaxing journey! Check Thalys up-to-date train schedules for the ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest Brussels to Essen routes as well as the amenities offered in the class fare you choose and buy the most affordable Thalys train tickets online that fit your budget. The distance between Brussels and Essen is 122 miles (197 km), and the best price for a one-way Brussels - Essen Thalys train ticket starts at $19 (€16) if you book in advance. If you would rather search for your Thalys ticket in the Omio app, you can quickly see if it's a mobile ticket so that you can go paperless when traveling by train. Waiting in a line at the train station to purchase your train ticket will become yesterday's news. So, book your train tickets online quickly and easily and enjoy your trip with Thalys!

Brussels to Essen train information with Thalys:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 56 min
  • Average Price: $19
  • Thalys frequency: 2 a day

When purchasing your Thalys train tickets to Essen from Brussels, keep the following coronavirus related policies and recommendations in mind outlined by our travel partner:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Verification of ticket with valid ID
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • If a ticket is nonrefundable, a Thalys e-voucher can still be issued for a 15€ fee to passengers requesting a refund up to 30 days after the departure date.

Travel Tips: Trains from Brussels to Essen

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FAQs

Are there COVID-19 travel restrictions for trains to Essen from Brussels?

Travel between Brussels, Belgium and Essen, Germany by train is: Partially open.

Can I enter Germany from Belgium?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Germany from Brussels?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state

What are the safety rules to follow in Essen, Germany?

All travelers in Germany must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 1/23/22. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Brussels and Essen as this information can change.

Are there travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, in place when returning to Brussels, Belgium from Essen, Germany?

The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Essen to Brussels is: Partially open

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Belgium from Germany?

Reentry to Belgium is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Belgium from Essen?

What are the requirements?

  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)

What are the safety rules to follow in Brussels, Belgium?

The government of Belgium has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

Last checked on 1/20/22. 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 train to Brussels from Essen here.

How much do cheap trains to Essen from Brussels cost?

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Brussels to Essen trains for as little as $19 (€16)  in the next 7 days.

What is the price of a train ticket between Brussels and Essen?

If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Brussels to Essen train to cost on average $32 (€27)  one way.

How far is Essen from Brussels by train?

When traveling this route you should expect the distance from Brussels to Essen by train to be approximately 122 miles (197 km).

How many hours is the train time to Essen from Brussels?

While the time it takes to travel 122 miles (197 km) from Brussels to Essen can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Brussels to Essen train journey time is on average 2 h 56 min.

When traveling by train from Brussels to Essen, which train station in Brussels do I depart from and which train station in Essen do I arrive in?

Some of the Brussels train stations to Essen you can start your journey from include Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles-Central and Brussels-Nord. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Essen include Essen Hbf, Essen-Eiberg and Essen-Altenessen.

When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi   and arriving in Essen Hbf.

Where is the train station in Brussels? Where is the train station in Essen?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Bruxelles-Midi, which is located around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Essen Hbf, located 0.3 miles (517 m) away from the city center.

Which train companies should I travel with from Brussels to Essen?

When taking a train from Brussels to Essen, you can count on Deutsche Bahn or Thalys for the best way to get you to Essen. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service to Essen from Brussels and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

How many train services are there from Brussels to Essen a day?

On average, there are 2 trains a day from Brussels to Essen. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

What time is the earliest train from Brussels to Essen? What time is the last train from Brussels to Essen?

The earliest train departing from Brussels to Essen leaves at 5: 25 AM. The last train departing from Brussels to Essen leaves at 7: 25 PM. You can find the latest Brussels to Essen train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

How early should I book train tickets to Essen from Brussels to score the best deals?

If you book the Brussels to Essen train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $32 (€27). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Brussels and Essen. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Brussels
Essen
Bruxelles-Midi is the most popular Brussels railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Brussels for your trip to Essen.
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Public transit options for Bruxelles-Central
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Train lines: IC, Intercity Direct 9200, RER (S1, S2, S3, S6, S8, S10)