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from Cologne to Essen

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

Our recommendation

To get from Cologne to Essen on Oct 18 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Sun
Oct 17
$24Deutsche Bahn
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Mon
Oct 18
$7FlixTrain
$7Flixbus
Wed
Oct 20
$6FlixTrain
$5Flixbus
Thu
Oct 21
$22Deutsche Bahn
$5BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Oct 22
$22Deutsche Bahn
$5BlaBlaCar Bus
Sat
Oct 23
$6FlixTrain
$5BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
Oct 24
$6FlixTrain
$5BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
Oct 27
$6FlixTrain
$5Flixbus
Fri
Oct 29
$6FlixTrain
$6Flixbus
Sat
Oct 30
$6FlixTrain
$4BlaBlaCar Bus
Sun
Oct 31
$6FlixTrain
$5Flixbus
Mon
Nov 1
$6FlixTrain
$6BlaBlaCar Bus
Wed
Nov 3
$22Deutsche Bahn
$5BlaBlaCar Bus
Fri
Nov 5
$6FlixTrain
$5BlaBlaCar Bus

Travel Information from Cologne to Essen

distanceDistance36 miles (58 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or train
priceTicket price range$22 - $24
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $22 (€18) • 47 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $22 (€18) • 47 min
carriersPopular travel companiesDeutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 36 miles (58 km) by bus or train from Cologne to Essen. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 47 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $22 (€18). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Cologne to Essen.

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FAQs
How do I get from Cologne to Essen?

You can travel from Cologne to Essen 2 different ways: bus or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel from Cologne to Essen?

The cheapest way to go to Essen from Cologne is by taking a train, which costs on average $22 (€18).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Essen:

A train is $2 (€2) less than a bus for this journey with tickets for a bus from Cologne to Essen costing on average $24 (€20).

What is the quickest way from Cologne to Essen?

The fastest way from Cologne to Essen is by train with an average journey time of 47 min.

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

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 1 h 35 min.

How many miles from Cologne to Essen would I travel?

You should expect to travel around 36 miles (58 km) between Cologne and Essen.

How many services a day are there from Cologne to Essen?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Essen is:

  • 25 trains a day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Cologne and in Essen?

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

  • Buses most often depart from Cologne at Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Essen at Essen-Altenessen (Bahnhof).
  • Trains most often depart from Cologne at Köln Hbf and arrive in Essen at Essen Hbf.
Which travel companies can get me from Cologne to Essen?

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

  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn to go to Essen by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Essen tickets on Omio for $24 (€20).
  • Deutsche Bahn can get you to Essen by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Essen for $22 (€18) on Omio.
Is there a way to travel directly from Cologne to Essen?

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

  • You'll find 25 direct trains a day to Essen with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain.

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 journey.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Cologne to Essen?
Many of our customers traveling from Cologne to Essen don't make Essen their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Essen are Berlin, Hamburg or Paris, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Essen to any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I buy tickets from Cologne to Essen online to get the best deals?

Before traveling from Cologne to Essen, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this route is costing $24 (€20) one way on average.
  • A train ticket for this journey is costing $22 (€18) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Cologne to Essen tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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