How to get from Rotterdam to Essen

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from Rotterdam to Essen

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

Our recommendation

To get from Rotterdam to Essen on 30 May we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

18:20Rotterdam Centraal2h38 20:58Essen Hbf
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20:20Rotterdam Centraal3h07 23:27Essen Hbf
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06:20Rotterdam Centraal2h38 08:58Essen Hbf
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16:20Rotterdam Centraal2h35 18:55Essen Hbf
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07:50Rotterdam Centraal2h37 10:27Essen Hbf
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Travel Information to Essen from Rotterdam

distanceDistance113 miles (182 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£22 - £44
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £22 • 2 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £22 • 2 h 35 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Deutsche Bahn

Take a coach or train to travel 113 miles (182 km) to Essen from Rotterdam. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 35 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as £22. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Flixbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Rotterdam to Essen.

Travel Tips: Travel from Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam to Essen.

Travel between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Essen, Germany is: Partially open.

Can travellers from Netherlands enter Germany?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Essen from Rotterdam?

Conditions of entry into Germany:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 3 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 2 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 9 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Essen, Germany?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Germany has imposed the following measures:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information was last checked on 28/05/2022. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your trip between Rotterdam and Essen.

The current restriction level for returning to Rotterdam, Netherlands from Germany is: Fully open.

Am I allowed to reenter Rotterdam, Netherlands from Essen, Germany?

Reentering Netherlands is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Rotterdam from Essen?

  • There are no current restrictions

Which rules do I need to follow in Rotterdam, Netherlands regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to Netherlands must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face masks: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 23/05/2022. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Rotterdam from Essen here.

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

The cheapest way from Rotterdam to Essen is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around £22 compared to other travel options to Essen:

A train is generally £22 less than a coach for the same journey. A coach costs on average £44 from Rotterdam to Essen.

The fastest way to get to Essen from Rotterdam is by train with an average travel time of 2 h 35 min.

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

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 3 h 35 min.

The distance between Rotterdam and Essen is around 113 miles (182 km).

The average frequency per day from Rotterdam to Essen is:

  • 14 trains a day.

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

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

  • Coaches from Rotterdam to Essen most often leave from Rotterdam, Conradstraat (Centraal Station) and arrive in Essen, ZOB am Hauptbahnhof.
  • Trains from Rotterdam to Essen most often leave from Rotterdam Centraal and arrive in Essen Hbf.

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

  • Travel with Flixbus to go to Essen by coach. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Flixbus Rotterdam to Essen tickets on Omio for £44.
  • Travel with Deutsche Bahn for trains to Essen. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Deutsche Bahn Rotterdam to Essen tickets on Omio for £22.

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

  • You'll find direct coach services to Essen with Flixbus with around direct coaches every day.
  • You'll find direct train services to Essen with with around 14 direct trains every day.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Essen tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this journey.

Omio customers who travel from Rotterdam to Essen often also extend their holiday to go to Berlin, Hamburg or Paris. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Essen and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before travelling from Rotterdam 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 is on average £44 one way for this route.
  • The price of a train ticket for this route is on average £22 one way.

But we recommend booking Rotterdam 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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