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About the train journey from Utrecht to Essen

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The train from Utrecht to Essen usually takes 3 hours 51 minutes on average to travel 148 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 1 hour 50 minutes. You can expect to find 23 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Utrecht and Essen, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Essen.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Utrecht to Essen in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $22.72.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Essen, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Utrecht to Essen by train

It takes an average of 3h 51m to travel from Utrecht to Essen by train, over a distance of around 92 miles (148 km). There are normally 23 trains per day traveling from Utrecht to Essen and tickets for this journey start from $22.72 when you book in advance.

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Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

1h 50m


148 miles (92 km)


23 trains per day


1 change


From $22.72

Train and bus operators


Utrecht to Essen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Utrecht to Essen for Tuesday Feb 7th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:04 11:58 1h 54m, 1 change
10:53 13:35 2h 42m, 2 changes
12:04 13:58 1h 54m, 1 change
12:53 15:35 2h 42m, 2 changes
14:04 15:54 1h 50m, 1 change
14:53 17:35 2h 42m, 2 changes
16:04 17:55 1h 51m, 1 change
17:04 19:35 2h 31m, 2 changes
18:04 20:05 2h 1m, 1 change
19:03 21:27 2h 24m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from Utrecht to Essen

The price of train tickets from Utrecht to Essen starts at $22.72 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 Utrecht to Essen 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 Utrecht to Essen

Want to know more about your journey from Utrecht to Essen? 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 Utrecht to Essen take?

The average journey time by train between Utrecht and Essen is 3 hours and 51 minutes, with around 23 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 Utrecht and Essen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Utrecht to Essen is 1 hour and 50 minutes.

How much does the train from Utrecht to Essen cost?

Train tickets from Utrecht to Essen can start from as little as $22.72 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 Utrecht to Essen?

No, there are no direct train services from Utrecht to Essen. Travelling from Utrecht to Essen by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Utrecht to Essen leaves at 00:53. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Utrecht to Essen leaves at 23:11. 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 Utrecht and Essen by train?

Trains travelling from Utrecht to Essen cover a distance of around 92 miles (148 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Utrecht to Essen for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/07/2023. 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 01/27/2023 for travel on 01/27/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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