How to travel from Munich to Essen

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Travel Information between Munich and Essen

distanceDistance306 miles (493 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$34 - $224
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $34 (€30) • 9 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $224 (€200) • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesEurowings, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 306 miles (493 km) by flight, bus or train to Essen from Munich. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 5 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $34 (€30). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Eurowings, Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight, bus or train from Munich to Essen.

Travel Tips: Travel from Munich to Essen

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 Munich to Essen.

There are 3 ways that you can travel between Munich and Essen. You can take a flight, bus or train.

The cheapest way to get from Munich to Essen is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $34 (€30) compared to other travel options to Essen:

A bus is $190 (€170) less than a flight for this trip with tickets for a flight from Munich to Essen costing on average $224 (€200).

A bus is generally $27 (€24) less than a train for the same journey. Taking a train costs on average $60 (€54) from Munich to Essen.

The fastest way to get to Essen from Munich is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 5 min.

Other travel options to Essen can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 9 h 10 min   on average.

In comparison, going by train can take 5 h 10 min   on average.

The distance from Munich to Essen is approximately 306 miles (493 km).

The average frequency per day from Munich to Essen is:

  • 12 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Munich and Essen as scheduled services by flight, bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Munich to Essen:

  • Most travelers board their bus from München, ZOB and arrive in Essen, Freiheit / Am Hauptbahnhof (Ruhrbahn KundenCenter).
  • Most travelers board their train from München Hbf and arrive in Essen Hbf.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Munich to Essen:

  • You can go to Essen from Munich by plane with Eurowings. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $224 (€200) with Eurowings from Munich to Essen on Omio.
  • You can take a bus from Munich to Essen with Flixbus. Cheap tickets can be found for $34 (€30) with Flixbus from Munich to Essen.
  • You can take a train from Munich to Essen with Deutsche Bahn. Cheap tickets can be found for $60 (€54) with Deutsche Bahn from Munich to Essen.

Yes, there are direct services available from Munich to Essen with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find 12 direct trains per day with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain.

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

Your trip from Munich to Essen doesn't have to end in Essen. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Berlin, Hamburg or Paris. If you’d like to add Berlin, Hamburg or Paris to your Munich to Essen tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Essen today!

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

  • Plane tickets are costing on average $224 (€200) one way.
  • Bus tickets cost $34 (€30) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing $60 (€54) one way on average.

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

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