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Taking the train from Essen to Dresden in 6 hours 15 minutes

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.

Keen to book your train tickets to Dresden? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Essen to Dresden by train

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.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

6h 15m


470 miles (292 km)


31 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $20.43

Train and bus operators

Flixbus, Deutsche Bahn

Essen to Dresden train times

Check out the next trains departing from Essen to Dresden for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:23 15:34 7h 11m, 1 change
09:00 15:47 6h 47m, direct
09:17 15:47 6h 30m, 2 changes
09:44 16:07 6h 23m, 1 change
09:51 16:38 6h 47m, 1 change
10:23 16:38 6h 15m, 2 changes
10:23 17:27 7h 4m, 1 change
10:52 17:46 6h 54m, 1 change
11:51 18:38 6h 47m, 1 change
12:23 18:38 6h 15m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains from Essen to Dresden

You can travel from Essen to Dresden on Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Essen to Dresden

The price of train tickets from Essen to Dresden starts at $20.43 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Essen to Dresden

Want to know more about your journey from Essen to Dresden? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Essen to Dresden take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Essen and Dresden by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Essen to Dresden is 6 hours and 15 minutes.

How much does the train from Essen to Dresden cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Essen to Dresden?

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.

What time does the first train from Essen to Dresden leave?

The first train from Essen to Dresden leaves at 00:09. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Essen to Dresden leave?

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.

What's the distance between Essen and Dresden by train?

Trains travelling from Essen to Dresden cover a distance of around 292 miles (470 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Dresden to Essen.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Essen to Dresden for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 12/19/2022 for travel on 12/19/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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