Thinking about taking the train from Essen to Dresden? We've got you covered.
It usually takes around 7 hours 19 minutes to travel the 470 km from Essen to Dresden by train, although you can get there in as little as 6 hours 15 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 31 trains per day running on this route. You won't need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. You can travel on this route with either DB or FlixTrain trains. Both train companies run modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage.
Train tickets from Essen to Dresden start from $20.43 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.
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It takes an average of 7h 19m to travel from Essen to Dresden by train, over a distance of around 292 miles (470 km). There are normally 31 trains per day traveling from Essen to Dresden and tickets for this journey start from $20.43 when you book in advance.
470 miles (292 km)
31 trains per day
Direct trains available
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The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.
Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.
An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Essen to Dresden by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Essen and Dresden is 7 hours and 19 minutes, with around 31 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Essen to Dresden is 6 hours and 15 minutes.
Train tickets from Essen to Dresden can start from as little as $20.43 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Essen to Dresden without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Essen to Dresden each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Essen to Dresden leaves at 00:09. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Essen to Dresden leaves at 20:23. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Essen to Dresden cover a distance of around 292 miles (470 km) during the journey.