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Taking the train from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen

Are you planning to arrive at Dusseldorf Airport, but have Essen in mind as your final destination? If so, don't worry - help is at hand. Deutsche Bahn's train connections offer a very quick and convenient way to transfer from flights into Dusseldorf, making arrival as simple and stress-free as possible.

Deutsche Bahn operates a direct service between the airport and central Essen, and the journey is a short one, generally totalling around 20-25 minutes when no changes are needed. There's also at least one departure per hour, and usually far more than that. So those arriving at Dusseldorf Airport won't have to hang around tapping their heels as they wait for a train to arrive.

Within half an hour of touching down, you could be emerging from Essen Main, just south of the city centre. And if you've never been before, there's a lot to discover. For instance, Essen is a world centre of product design (the globally recognised Red Dot Awards originated there). If you want to check out cutting edge or historical creations, the Design Museum is a must-see. So check out our listings below, and pick a train from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Main that ticks all of your boxes.

Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf by train

It takes an average of 24m to travel from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf by train, over a distance of around 15 miles (24 km). There are normally 113 trains per day travelling from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €3 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 19m
Price€3 - €27
Distance15 miles (24 km)
Frequency113 trains per day
Departure stationDusseldorf Airport
Arrival stationEssen Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Thalys, Flixbus

Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf for Tuesday 22nd Sep 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:13 12:36 23m, direct
12:28 12:50 22m, direct
12:42 13:11 29m, direct
13:00 13:21 21m, direct
13:05 13:27 22m, direct
13:13 13:36 23m, direct
13:28 13:51 23m, direct
13:42 14:11 29m, direct
14:00 14:21 21m, direct
14:05 14:27 22m, direct

Deutsche Bahn and Thalys trains from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf

You can travel from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf on Deutsche Bahn and Thalys 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.

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

Cheap train tickets from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf

Train tickets from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf start at €3 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €16.15.
lowest price found
from3
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price15.38
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price15.84
on the day
avg. single price16.15

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 Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf? 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 Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Dusseldorf Airport and Essen Hbf is 24 minutes, with around 113 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 Dusseldorf Airport and Essen Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf is 19 minutes.

How much does the train from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf cost?

Train tickets from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf can start from as little as €3 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 Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf without having to change trains. There are 106 direct trains from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf leave?

The first train from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf leaves at 00:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf leave?

The last train from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf leaves at 23:54. 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 Dusseldorf Airport and Essen Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf cover a distance of around 15 miles (24 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Essen Hbf to Dusseldorf Airport.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Dusseldorf Airport to Essen Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 22/09/2020. 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 14/09/2020 for travel on 20/10/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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