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Cheap train tickets from Zurich to Essen

Showing times and prices for May 26

Cheapest

$21

Average

$56

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.

The average ticket from Zurich to Essen will cost around $ 56 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 21.

Deutsche Bahn
08:37AMZurich8h06 04:43PMEssen
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$211One-way
Deutsche Bahn
09:37AMZurich8h06 05:43PMEssen
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$211One-way
Deutsche Bahn
10:08AMZurich6h50 04:58PMEssen
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$341One-way
Deutsche Bahn
07:59PMZurich8h59 04:58AMEssen
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$631One-way
Deutsche Bahn
11:08AMZurich6h50 05:58PMEssen
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$631One-way

Train schedule from Zurich to Essen

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Deutsche Bahn
08:37AMZurich8h06 04:43PMEssen
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Deutsche Bahn
09:37AMZurich8h06 05:43PMEssen
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Deutsche Bahn
10:08AMZurich6h50 04:58PMEssen
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Deutsche Bahn
11:08AMZurich6h50 05:58PMEssen
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Deutsche Bahn
11:37AMZurich8h21 07:58PMEssen
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Deutsche Bahn
04:59PMZurich5h58 10:57PMEssen
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Deutsche Bahn
07:59PMZurich8h59 04:58AMEssen
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Thu
May 26
$57Deutsche Bahn
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$181Eurowings
Fri
May 27
$34Deutsche Bahn
$41Flixbus
$91Eurowings
Sat
May 28
$42Deutsche Bahn
$51Flixbus
$113Swiss
Sun
May 29
$57Deutsche Bahn
$52Flixbus
$113Swiss
Mon
May 30
$34Deutsche Bahn
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$91Eurowings

Fastest train times from Zurich to Essen

Showing times and prices for May 26

Fastest Journey

5 h 58 m

Average

7 h 35 m

Trains per day

7

Distance

468 km

Of the 7 trains that leave Zurich for Essen every day 7 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 468 km distance in an average of 7 h 35 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 58 m .

The slowest trains will take 8 h 59 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Deutsche Bahn
04:59PMZurich5h58 10:57PMEssen
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$701One-way
Deutsche Bahn
10:08AMZurich6h50 04:58PMEssen
0 changes
$341One-way
Deutsche Bahn
11:08AMZurich6h50 05:58PMEssen
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$631One-way
Deutsche Bahn
08:37AMZurich8h06 04:43PMEssen
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$211One-way
Deutsche Bahn
09:37AMZurich8h06 05:43PMEssen
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$211One-way

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Overview: Train from Zurich to Essen

distanceDistance290 miles (468 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h 50 min
priceAverage train ticket price$46 (€40)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection

Trains from Zurich to Essen cover the 290 miles (468 km) long journey taking on average 6 h 50 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $34 (€30), but the average price of train tickets is $46 (€40). Travelers depart most frequently from Zürich HB and arrive in Essen Hbf.

Train companies: Deutsche Bahn from Zurich to Essen trains

Find the best trains between Zurich and Essen with Omio's travel partners Deutsche Bahn from $34 (€30). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main provider of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Zurich to Essen train.

Zurich to Essen train information with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 7 h 24 min
  • Average Price: $34
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 12 a day

Deutsche Bahn has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Deutsche Bahn tickets between Zurich and Essen and when traveling by train:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Normal conditions apply

Travel Tips: Trains from Zurich to Essen

Travel by train to Essen easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Zurich to Essen.
FAQs

Is cross-border travel by train between Zurich, Switzerland and Essen, Germany allowed?

Travel between Zurich, Switzerland and Essen, Germany by train is: Partially open.

Can I enter Germany from Switzerland?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 3 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 2 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 9 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)

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 5/24/22. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Zurich and Essen as this information can change.

Are there restrictions on returning to Switzerland from Germany by train?

The restriction level for your return train to Zurich, Switzerland from Essen is: Fully open.

Is my return train into Zurich from Essen restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

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

Conditions of reentry:

  • No COVID-19 testing required
  • No quarantine required

What are the safety rules to follow in Zurich, Switzerland?

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

  • Social distancing required: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask required: Regional advice

Last checked on 5/23/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Zurich from Essen closer to your date of departure here here.

How much do cheap trains from Zurich to Essen cost?

Train tickets from Zurich to Essen for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $34 (€30)  one way in the next 7 days.

How much is the train between Zurich and Essen on average?

If you’re looking to purchase your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Zurich to Essen train price to come in at an average of $46 (€40)  one way.

How many miles is it from Zurich to Essen by train?

The distance to Essen from Zurich by train is approximately 290 miles (468 km).

What is the Zurich to Essen train travel time?

The Zurich to Essen train duration is on average 6 h 50 min, which is to be expected when traveling 290 miles (468 km) to Essen from Zurich. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.

What is the departure train station in Zurich and arrival train station in Essen?

When taking a train from Zurich, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Zürich HB, Zürich Stadelhofen and Zürich Oerlikon. When you arrive in Essen, your train can arrive in train stations including Essen Hbf, Essen-Eiberg and Essen-Altenessen.

Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from Zürich HB   to Essen Hbf.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from Zürich HB, which is located around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Essen Hbf, located 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the city center.

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

For the best Zurich to Essen train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn with connection. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Zurich and Essen to compare what amenities they may offer.

How many train services per day are there from Zurich to Essen?

The average number of trains departing Zurich for Essen is 12 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

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

The earliest train for this journey departs from Zurich at 4: 37 AM. The last train leaves from Zurich at 11: 08 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Zurich to Essen and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.

How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from Zurich to Essen to get the best deals?

You can find trains between Zurich and Essen to cost on average $46 (€40) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Zurich to Essen train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Zurich
Essen
Zürich HB is the most popular Zurich 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 Zurich for your trip to Essen.