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from Cologne to Essen

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Travel Information to Essen from Cologne

distanceDistance36 miles (58 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£16 - £18
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £16 • 47 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £16 • 47 min
carriersPopular travel companiesDeutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn

Travel 36 miles (58 km) by coach or train to Essen from Cologne. 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 £16. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Deutsche Bahn or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Cologne to Essen.

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FAQs
How do you get from Cologne to Essen?

There are 2 travel options from Cologne to Essen: coach or train.

What is the cheapest way from Cologne to Essen?

The cheapest way from Cologne to Essen is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around £16 compared to other travel options to Essen:

A train is about £2 less than a coach, which costs on average £18 for this trip.

What is the fastest way to get to Essen from Cologne?

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

Other travel options between Cologne and Essen can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 1 h 35 min.

How far is Essen from Cologne?

The distance between Cologne and Essen is around 36 miles (58 km).

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

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Essen is:

  • 25 trains per day.

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

Where do I depart from Cologne? Where do I arrive in Essen?

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

  • Coaches most often depart from Cologne at Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Essen at Essen-Altenessen (Bahnhof).
  • Trains mostly depart from Köln Hbf and arrive in Essen Hbf.
Which travel operators 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 for coaches to Essen. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Essen tickets on Omio for £18.
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn to go to Essen by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Essen tickets on Omio for £16.
Is there a way to travel directly from Cologne to Essen?

Yes, there are direct services available from Cologne to Essen with the following travel operators:

  • You can take a direct coach with Flixbus or BlaBlaCar with direct coaches per day.
  • You can take a direct train with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain with 25 direct trains per day.

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

What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Cologne to Essen?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Essen often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Berlin, Hamburg or Paris. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Essen itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Essen and any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I purchase my Cologne to Essen ticket online to get the best deals?

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

  • The price of a coach ticket for this journey is on average £18 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket for this journey is £16 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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