Cologne to Essen by train Find train times and tickets

  • First train
    04:29
  • Last train
    00:45
  • Avg changes
    0
  • Fastest journey
    45m

Travelling from Cologne to Essen by train

The fastest trains from Cologne to Essen take around 45 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 57 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cologne and Essen.

Direct trains run between Cologne and Essen.

We usually find around 72 direct trains on the route from Cologne to Essen every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 69 departures. The duration is normally about 45 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Essen is usually scheduled to depart Cologne around 04:29 and the last train is around 00:45. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cologne around 05:09, and the last at 00:49.

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

When to book Cologne to Essen train tickets?

Trains in Germany usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Cologne to Essen by train.

Which trains operate between Cologne and Essen?

More than one type of train operates on the route from Cologne to Essen, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Eurocity (EC)
  • Eurocités
  • ICE
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Intercités
  • Regional-Express
  • S-Bahn

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Find journey information for Essen to Cologne

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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