Cologne to Essen train

Sun, 16 Jun
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Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Essen

Showing times and prices for 16 Jun

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Cologne to Essen is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
FlixTrain
15:010h53
Cologne Hbf
15:54Essen Hbf
£91One-way
0 changes
FlixTrain
08:281h06
Cologne Hbf
09:34Essen Hbf
£121One-way
0 changes
FlixTrain
16:140h48
Cologne Hbf
17:02Essen Hbf
£121One-way
0 changes
FlixTrain
08:140h48
Cologne Hbf
09:02Essen Hbf
£121One-way
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
08:250h56
Cologne Hbf
09:21Essen Hbf
£131One-way
0 changes

Train timetableCologne to Essen

Showing trains for tomorrow, Sunday, 16 June
Deutsche Bahn
08:010h54
Cologne Hbf
08:55Essen Hbf
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
08:110h47
Cologne Hbf
08:58Essen Hbf
0 changes
FlixTrain
08:140h48
Cologne Hbf
09:02Essen Hbf
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
08:250h56
Cologne Hbf
09:21Essen Hbf
0 changes
FlixTrain
08:281h06
Cologne Hbf
09:34Essen Hbf
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
08:311h19
Cologne Hbf
09:50Essen Süd station
2 changes
Deutsche Bahn
08:411h10
Cologne Hbf
09:51Essen-Altenessen station
1 change
FlixTrain
15:010h53
Cologne Hbf
15:54Essen Hbf
0 changes
FlixTrain
16:140h48
Cologne Hbf
17:02Essen Hbf
0 changes

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Train times from Cologne to Essen

Showing times and prices for 16 Jun

Fastest Journey

47 m

Average

57 m

Trains per day

9

Distance

58 km

Of the 9 trains that leave Cologne for Essen every day 7 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Deutsche Bahn
08:110h47
Cologne Hbf
08:58Essen Hbf
£221One-way
0 changes
FlixTrain
16:140h48
Cologne Hbf
17:02Essen Hbf
£121One-way
0 changes
FlixTrain
08:140h48
Cologne Hbf
09:02Essen Hbf
£121One-way
0 changes
FlixTrain
15:010h53
Cologne Hbf
15:54Essen Hbf
£91One-way
0 changes
Deutsche Bahn
08:010h54
Cologne Hbf
08:55Essen Hbf
£181One-way
0 changes

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ReviewsReviews for the rail journey from Cologne to Essen

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Icon95 minutes late
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On this journey, the train had been very late, a total of 95 minutes, so that subsequent trains were also delayed. It had been very noisy on the train and the staff were very overwhelmed with the situation. Nevertheless, the train was very clean and the toilets were hygienic. There was still a food option on the train. The seats had been comfortable and had power sockets and an internet connection. As the train was full, I did not recommend the journey.
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I travelled the route from Cologne to Essen on 24 May with the ICE 729. The journey takes about 1 hour, but is very bearable in the ICE. Despite commuter times, I got a seat without a seat reservation and the train was not too crowded. It was quite clean on the train, the conductor was very nice and the price for the ticket was reasonable, with about 18 € per trip I find the price performance very reasonable.
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Yesterday, on my way back from Dortmund, I travelled from Essen to Cologne on the ICE 729. The journey between Cologne and Essen was very pleasant and took about 1 hour. The train was clean, the conductor was very polite and the price-performance ratio was also very fair. Basically, I can highly recommend the trip, as I even got a seat in the full train despite not having a seat reservation.
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IconInternet connection and power sockets available
IconSeats were comfortable and had large tables
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Icon15 minutes late
IconNo ticket inspection
This train was delayed by 15 minutes. But as I didn't have to change trains, I didn't find this too bad. There was plenty of space on the train and it was quiet. There was a power socket at my seat and I also had a good internet connection. The train was clean and the toilets smelled good. There was no ticket inspection, so I can't comment on the staff. Apart from that, I found the seats very comfortable and the tables were big enough to put a lot of things on. There was no need to change trains on my journey.
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IconNice train crew
We are very satisfied with the train journey. The train staff were extremely friendly to us and I can't think of anything to criticise. The train was also well cleaned. The seats were also comfortable, they are just normal train seats. Wifi and power sockets were available.
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Cons
IconSanitary facilities
I travelled from Cologne to Essen by train. The train arrived on time and had no further disruptions or delays during the journey. The seating areas made a clean and well-kept impression. The wifi and power sockets worked perfectly. Unfortunately, I didn't find the sanitary facilities to be particularly clean. There is room for improvement here. Otherwise absolutely recommendable

Overview: Train from Cologne to Essen

distanceDistance36 miles
durationAverage train duration47 min
priceAverage train ticket price£12 (€13)
frequencyTrain frequency51 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 48 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Thalys or National Express

Trains from Cologne to Essen cover the 36 miles long route taking on average 47 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Thalys or National Express. Normally, there are 51 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £12, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £4. Travellers depart most frequently from Cologne Hbf and arrive in Essen Hbf.

Train providers: Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and Thalys trains Cologne to Essen

Travel from Cologne to Essen from £4 with Omio’s train partners Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and Thalys! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient journey for you.

Deutsche Bahn is a German train company that operates trains throughout the country including trains from Cologne to Essen. It offers a wide range of services, including high-speed InterCity Express (ICE) trains, regional trains, and night trains. ICE trains are the fastest and most comfortable way to travel, with speeds of up to 300 km/h. Regional trains are slower but offer more frequent stops and are ideal for shorter trips. Night trains are a great way to save time and money, with comfortable sleeping compartments and couchettes. Deutsche Bahn offers a variety of ticket types, including single tickets, day tickets, and group tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a variety of food and beverage options. The most popular routes for Deutsche Bahn are between major cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Other popular routes include Cologne to Stuttgart, Berlin to Dresden, and Hamburg to Cologne.

Train information from Cologne to Essen with Deutsche Bahn:

  • Average Duration: 47 min
  • Cheapest Price: £9
  • Deutsche Bahn frequency: 33 a day

FAQs: Cologne to Essen train

FAQs: Travel by train from Cologne 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 Cologne to Essen.
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Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Essen can start from as little as £4 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Cologne to Essen is £12; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Cologne to Essen train time is 47 min   covering the 36 mile long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Cologne to Essen leaves at 06: 01. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Cologne to Essen leaves at 22: 52.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cologne to Essen without having to change trains with Deutsche Bahn, Thalys or National Express. There are 48 direct trains from Cologne to Essen each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Essen. Take the fast train with Thalys from Cologne to Essen.
For the best Cologne to Essen train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Thalys or National Express. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services to Essen from Cologne to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 22: 52.

When departing from Cologne, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz and Cologne/Bonn Flughafen. When arriving in Essen, you can end your journey in train stations like Essen Hbf, Essen-Altenessen station and Essen, Hauptbahnhof (Bussteig 2).

Passengers board the train most frequently from Cologne Hbf, which is located around 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Essen Hbf, located 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the city centre.

A day trip to Essen from Cologne is worth doing with a journey time of 47 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Cologne to Essen by train is September.
You have options as you can travel between Cologne and Essen 2 different ways: train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in Cologne and Essen

Cologne
Essen
Cologne Hbf is the most popular Cologne railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cologne for your journey to Essen.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
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ParkingParking
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Phone Number
+49 2211411055
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
Public transport options for Cologne Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB
Cologne Messe/DeutzWifiLockersParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Cologne/Bonn FlughafenShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Cologne SüdShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
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ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
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Cologne-EhrenfeldATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
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Cologne-Müngersdorf TechnologieparkATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne MülheimShoppingParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
At a Travel Center you will receive the following services with personal consultation: Tickets and reservations up to shortly before departure, season tickets and DB monthly season tickets on subscription as well as DB BahnCard related offers. Furthermore, national and international timetable and fare information is available in addition to supplementary services and offers for your rail journey.
Cologne HansaringATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne-BuchforstParkingATMAccessibility
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ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Cologne WestATMAccessibility
Amenities at station
ATMATM
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Cologne TrimbornstrATMAccessibility
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ATMATM
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Cologne-NippesParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
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ParkingParking
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Cologne Geldernstr. /ParkgürtelATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility

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