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Essen to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 5h 08m to travel from Essen to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 123 miles (198 km). There are normally 34 trains per day travelling from Essen to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €16 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 46m
Price€16 - €108
Distance123 miles (198 km)
Frequency34 trains per day
Departure stationEssen
Arrival stationBrussels
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsFlixbus, Thalys

Essen to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Essen to Brussels for Tuesday 19th Jan 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:21 13:26 3h 05m, 2 changes
10:45 14:49 4h 04m, 3 changes
11:16 15:50 4h 34m, 2 changes
11:45 15:50 4h 05m, 3 changes
12:16 16:50 4h 34m, 2 changes
12:45 16:50 4h 05m, 3 changes
14:09 17:26 3h 17m, 1 change
14:21 17:26 3h 05m, 2 changes
15:49 18:35 2h 46m, direct
16:16 20:53 4h 37m, 2 changes

Thalys trains from Essen to Brussels

You can travel from Essen to Brussels on 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.

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 Brussels

Train tickets from Essen to Brussels start at €16 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 €61.61.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price47.13
on the day
avg. single price61.61

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 Brussels 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 Brussels? 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 Brussels take?

The average journey time by train between Essen and Brussels is 5 hours and 8 minutes, with around 34 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 Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Essen to Brussels is 2 hours and 46 minutes.

How much does the train from Essen to Brussels cost?

Train ticket prices from Essen to Brussels can start from as little as €16 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Essen to Brussels?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Essen to Brussels without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Essen to Brussels 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 Brussels leave?

The first train from Essen to Brussels leaves at 01:09. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Essen to Brussels leaves at 23:09. 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 Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from Essen to Brussels cover a distance of around 123 miles (198 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Brussels to Essen. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Essen to Brussels.
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 Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for 19/01/2021. 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 11/01/2021 for travel on 21/09/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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