Köln to Essen Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $16
Fastest Way Train — 1h 10min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 9 lb CO2
Available Modes 3 modes — train, bus and by car
Distance 36 miles
Travel Companies DB
Train
$19 · 1h 10min · 13 lb of CO2
Cologne to Essen
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Bus
$16 · 1h 29min · 9 lb of CO2
Cologne to Essen
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Drive
$5 · 54min · 11 lb of CO2
Köln to Essen

Drive from Köln to Essen

It's 37 miles between Köln to Essen. On a typical day, it might take between 54min and 57min from Köln to Essen under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 59min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Essen by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $4.

What is the best way to travel from Köln to Essen?

The are 7 different ways across 3 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Köln to Essen. The fastest way out of Cologne towards Essen is by bus, as it is the quickest to the Essen area. This doesn't necessarily take into consideration traffic or weather - so these may impact some of your decision making. It's common to find tickets for as low as $15. DB operates from Köln to Essen, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Köln to Essen?

The trip to Essen is an excellent trip for the day or a nice trip for the weekend from Köln. The cheapest way to get from Köln to Essen is $16 and the quickest way takes just 1 hour 29 minutes with the bus. The earlier you can book your trip to Essen, the better.

Is the train or the bus better from Köln to Essen North Rhine-Westphalia?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Köln to Essen. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to Essen is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Köln/Essen buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Köln is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Köln North Rhine-Westphalia and Essen during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from Köln to Essen? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Essen traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to Essen is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from Köln to Essen?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Köln to Essen is by bus. The bus costs $16 roughly and will take 1 hour 29 minutes.

How much does it cost to take the train from Köln to Essen?

The train costs about $16 between Köln and Essen. In total, the train will take roughly 1 hour 10 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at Cologne, which is 0 miles from Köln. Further, once you arrive at Essen or you will still have 0 miles to Essen.

How long does it take from Köln to Essen by car?

The total distance between Köln and Essen is 37 miles and will take you about 54 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $5.

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