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How to Get to Essen

How to Get to Essen by Air

The city doesn’t have an airport of its own, so if you’re coming in from outside Germany, you can take a flight to Düsseldorf and then take a train or hire a taxi to Essen. Dusseldorf airport is about 26 km from Essen. Book your taxis from the arrival of the airport to your hotel or any other destination in Essen. The ride takes about 20 minutes and will cost approximately EURO 40.

If you land at the Dusseldorf airport you can catch a direct train run by the Deutsche Bahn from the Düsseldorf airport to the main train station in Essen. You have to go downstairs in the airport to the train station, which runs trains every half hour or so and cost about EURO 14. The journey takes about 30 minutes.

How to Get to Essen by Rail

A major rail junction, Essen is well connected to the rest of Germany by regular trains; some lines even cross the borders to other European countries and rest of the world.

Essen Hauptbahnhof is the main train station in Essen. It offers local, regional and long-distance services, with all major InterCityExpress and InterCity trains as well as RegionalExpress and Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn services.

EuroNight trains offers night services to cities such as Moscow or Brussels, and DB NachtZug trains to Zurich and Vienna, among others.

How to Get to Essen by Bus

Buses too link Essen to the rest of the country. Some of the important city connections are as under:


S1 Düsseldorf Hbf. - D-Flughafen - Duisburg - Mülheim an der Ruhr - Essen - Bochum – Dortmund

S2 Dortmund - Herne - Recklinghausen - Wanne Eickel - Gelsenkirchen – Essen

S3 Oberhausen - Mülheim an der Ruhr - Essen – Hattingen

S6 Essen - Ratingen Ost - Düsseldorf - Langenfeld - Köln Hansaring

S9 Haltern - Marl - Gelsenkirchen Buer Nord - Gladbeck - Bottrop - Essen - Essen Steele Ost

Regional Express

RE 1 Aachen - Düsseldorf - Essen - Bochum - Dortmund – Hamm

RE 2 Münster - Recklinghausen - Gelsenkirchen - Essen - Duisburg - Krefeld – Mönchengladbach

RE 6 Düsseldorf - Duisburg - Essen - Dortmund - Hamm - Bielefeld – Minden

RE 11 Düsseldorf - Duisburg - Essen - Dortmund - Hamm – Paderborn

RE 14 Essen - Bottrop - Dorsten - Rhade – Borken

RE 16 Essen - Bochum - Witten - Hagen - Finnentrop – Siegen


RB40 Essen - Bochum - Witten - Hagen – Iserlohn

RB42 Essen - Gelsenkirchen - Recklinghausen - Sythen – Münster

RB49 Wuppertal Hbf - Langenberg – Essen

Getting Around Essen

Within Essen, buses and taxis are readily available, and cars can be hired from one of the many rental agencies in town. The Essener Verkehrs AG (EVAG) runs a comprehensive local network consisting of bus, tram, U-Bahn (subway) and S-Bahn (railway) routes. On your arrival in the city make the travel pass which will allow you to travel to most part of the city by spending less for a limited time period.

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