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Essen to Aalen by train

It takes an average of 4h 51m to travel from Essen to Aalen by train, over a distance of around 226 miles (364 km). There are normally 29 trains per day travelling from Essen to Aalen and tickets for this journey start from €23.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 25m
Price€23.90 - €161.90
Distance226 miles (364 km)
Frequency29 trains per day
Departure stationEssen
Arrival stationAalen
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsABR,

Essen to Aalen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Essen to Aalen for Tuesday 24th Jul 2018. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:00 12:55 4h 55m, 2 changes
09:00 13:25 4h 25m, 1 change
10:00 14:25 4h 25m, 3 changes
10:00 14:55 4h 55m, 2 changes
11:00 15:25 4h 25m, 1 change
11:09 15:55 4h 46m, 3 changes
11:54 16:25 4h 31m, 3 changes
11:54 16:56 5h 02m, 2 changes
13:00 17:25 4h 25m, 1 change
14:00 18:25 4h 25m, 3 changes

Deutsche Bahn and Thalys trains from Essen to Aalen

You can travel from Essen to Aalen 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 Essen to Aalen

Train tickets from Essen to Aalen start at €23.90 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 €44.
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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 Aalen 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 Essen to Aalen? 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 Aalen take?

The average journey time by train between Essen and Aalen is 4 hours and 51 minutes, with around 29 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 Aalen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Essen to Aalen is 4 hours and 25 minutes.

How much does the train from Essen to Aalen cost?

Train tickets from Essen to Aalen can start from as little as €23.90 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 Aalen?

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

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

The first train from Essen to Aalen leaves at 02:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Essen to Aalen leaves at 23:00. 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 Aalen by train?

Trains travelling from Essen to Aalen cover a distance of around 226 miles (364 km) during the journey.

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 Essen to Aalen for a typical week day using timetable data for 24/07/2018. 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 10/01/2020 for travel on 03/02/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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