How to travel from Brussels to Essen

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from Brussels to Essen

You can get from Brussels to Essen by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation
bus

To get from Brussels to Essen on Oct 04 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

02:10PMBRUXELLES-Midi / Brussel Zuid, Rue de France5h35 07:45PMEssen, Hbf Freiheit
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251One-way
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02:10PMBRUXELLES-Midi / Brussel Zuid, Rue de France5h35 07:45PMEssen, Hbf Freiheit
0 transfers
251One-way
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06:25AMBrussels-Midi2h56 09:21AMEssen Hbf
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561One-way
04:22PMBrussels-Midi3h13 07:35PMEssen Hbf
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621One-way
04:22PMBrussels-Midi3h21 07:43PMEssen Hbf
1 transfer
621One-way

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Travel Information between Brussels and Essen

distanceDistance122 miles (197 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$39 - $63
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $39 (€37) • 3 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $63 (€61) • 2 h 40 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 122 miles (197 km) from Brussels to Essen. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 40 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $39 (€37). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Brussels to Essen.

Travel Tips: Travel from Brussels to Essen

Travel Tips: Travel 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 Brussels to Essen.
FAQs

Travel from Brussels, Belgium to Essen, Germany is: Unrestricted.

Is international entry into Essen from Brussels restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Belgium.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Essen, Germany from Brussels?

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Essen, Germany?

The government of Germany has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

The above information was last verified on 10/2/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip between Brussels and Essen closer to your planned date of departure here.

The restriction level for your return to Brussels, Belgium from Germany is: Unrestricted.

Is my journey back to Brussels from Essen restricted?

Entry into Belgium is currently allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Brussels from Essen?

Conditions of reentry into Belgium:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Brussels, Belgium?

You should observe these safety measures in Belgium as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

This information about your return travel to Belgium was last checked on 9/12/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Brussels from Essen closer to your date of departure here.

There are 4 ways to travel from Brussels to Essen including taking a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Essen is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $39 (€37) compared to other travel options to Essen:

Taking a bus is usually $25 (€24) less than taking a train to Essen, which costs on average $63 (€61) for the same trip.

The fastest way from Brussels to Essen is by train with an average journey time of 2 h 40 min.

There are alternative travel options to Essen that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 3 h 30 min.

The distance from Brussels to Essen is approximately 122 miles (197 km).

The average frequency per day from Brussels to Essen is:

  • Around 4 buses per day.
  • Around 11 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Essen from Brussels as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Brussels to Essen:

  • Buses most often depart from Brussels at Brussels, Brussels South (Gare du Midi) and arrive in Essen at Essen, Freiheit / Am Hauptbahnhof (Ruhrbahn KundenCenter).
  • Trains mostly leave from Bruxelles-Midi and tend to arrive in Essen Hbf.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Brussels to Essen, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with Flixbus to go to Essen by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Flixbus Brussels to Essen tickets on Omio for $39 (€37).
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn for trains to Essen. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Deutsche Bahn Brussels to Essen tickets on Omio for $63 (€61).

Yes, there are direct routes from Brussels to Essen with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 4 direct buses per day to Essen with Flixbus or BlaBlaCar Bus.

Direct services to Essen tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your route.

Omio customers who travel from Brussels to Essen often also extend their vacation to go to Berlin, Hamburg or Paris. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Essen and these popular destinations at a great price.

When planning your trip from Brussels to Essen, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing on average $39 (€37) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $63 (€61) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Brussels to Essen online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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