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Taking the train from Flensburg to Essen in 5 hours 42 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Flensburg to Essen? We’ve got you covered.

It usually takes around 5 hours 56 minutes to travel the 251 miles (403 km) from Flensburg to Essen by train, although you can get there in as little as 5 hours 42 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll normally find around 18 trains per day running on this route. You’ll need to make 1 change along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line.

Train tickets from Flensburg to Essen are usually cheaper when you book in advance compared to 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 Essen? 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 timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Flensburg to Essen by train

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Last train


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Journey time

From 5h 42m


251 miles (403 km)


18 trains per day


1 change

Train and bus operators


Flensburg to Essen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Flensburg to Essen for Tuesday 23rd April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:15 12:58 5h 43m, 1 change
08:15 13:58 5h 43m, 1 change
09:15 14:58 5h 43m, 1 change
10:15 15:58 5h 43m, 2 changes
11:15 16:58 5h 43m, 1 change
12:15 17:59 5h 44m, 1 change
13:15 19:01 5h 46m, 1 change
14:15 19:57 5h 42m, 1 change
15:15 20:58 5h 43m, 1 change
16:15 21:58 5h 43m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from Flensburg to Essen

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 Flensburg 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Flensburg and Essen is 5 hours and 56 minutes, with around 18 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 Flensburg and Essen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Flensburg to Essen is 5 hours and 42 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Flensburg to Essen?

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

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

The first train from Flensburg to Essen leaves at 04:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Flensburg to Essen leaves at 23:15. 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 Flensburg and Essen by train?

Trains travelling from Flensburg to Essen cover a distance of around 251 miles (403 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Essen to Flensburg.

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