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Vienna to Essen by train

It takes an average of 10h 33m to travel from Vienna to Essen by train, over a distance of around 473 miles (761 km). There are normally 23 trains per day travelling from Vienna to Essen and tickets for this journey start from €36.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 8h 36m
Price€36.90 - €327.50
Distance473 miles (761 km)
Frequency23 trains per day
Departure stationVienna
Arrival stationEssen
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Vienna to Essen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Vienna to Essen for Tuesday 17th Mar 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:22 19:14 8h 52m, 1 change
11:22 19:58 8h 36m, 2 changes
11:22 20:15 8h 53m, 1 change
11:37 21:13 9h 36m, 2 changes
11:49 21:58 10h 09m, 4 changes
13:22 22:02 8h 40m, 1 change
13:37 23:04 9h 27m, 2 changes
15:22 00:15 8h 53m, 1 change
15:22 01:03 9h 41m, direct
17:22 06:58 13h 36m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Vienna to Essen

You can travel from Vienna to Essen on Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB and ICE (Intercity Express) 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.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Cheap train tickets from Vienna to Essen

Train tickets from Vienna to Essen start at €36.90 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 €168.19.
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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 Vienna 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 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 Vienna 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 Vienna to Essen take?

The average journey time by train between Vienna and Essen is 10 hours and 33 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 Vienna and Essen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Vienna to Essen is 8 hours and 36 minutes.

How much does the train from Vienna to Essen cost?

Train tickets from Vienna to Essen can start from as little as €36.90 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 Vienna to Essen?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Vienna to Essen without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from Vienna to Essen. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Vienna to Essen leaves at 00:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Vienna to Essen leaves at 23:34. 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 Vienna and Essen by train?

Trains travelling from Vienna to Essen cover a distance of around 473 miles (761 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Essen to Vienna.
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 Vienna to Essen for a typical week day using timetable data for 17/03/2020. 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 27/07/2020 for travel on 11/03/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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