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Trip Zurich Essen

Plan your trip by train, bus, carpooling, plane from Zurich to Essen

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We are suggesting 1 routes by train, bus, carpooling, plane to plan your trip Zurich Essen. Routes displayed are sorted depending on a performance indicator (calculated from number of changes, expected duration, distance between an airport and the center of the city it serves...). You'll be able to:
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All modes of transport Zurich-Essen

For your trip from Zurich (Switzerland) to Essen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) with a distance of 291 mi you will be able to take 4 modes of transport, eventually by combining plane, carpooling, bus and/or train, and according to which the duration of the journey will be significantly different.
You are lucky, there is a direct intercity bus line Zurich-Essen that often turns out to be the most economical solution.
You will board a coach of Eurolines CH or FlixBus in Zurich. The bus will drop you off at Essen bus station (0.2 mi from Essen, Germany). Please make sure to show up on time at Zurich bus station (1.2 mi from Zurich) at least 15 minutes before the time of departure for Essen.
With Blablacar you will probably find drivers sharing a ride on the itinerary Zurich-Essen.
It is not possible to travel directly by train from Zurich to Essen without changing trains but some trains run on lines Zurich-Cologne and Cologne-Essen allowing you to make the entire trip only by rail.
Trains CityNightLine Pegasus of Deutsche Bahn to Cologne leave from Zurich HB railway station in Zurich. Arrival in Cologne will take place at Köln Hbf station (0.2 mi from the city centre). Correspondence or change is required in Cologne where the train ICE operated by Deutsche Bahn leave for Essen.
No flight allows you to fly directly to Essen from Zurich. You can take the flight Zurich-Dusseldorf and complete the other part of your journey traveling by train.
Leave Zurich and arrive early enough (at least 2 hours before the departure time) at Zurich ZRH airport, 5.7 mi away, to check in your luggage for the flight to Dusseldorf (Dusseldorf airport, IATA code: DUS) operated by Air Berlin, Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines or Darwin Airline.

Which carriers to travel between Zurich and Essen?

Carpooling
Depending on the requested date, Blablacar can display an offer to share a ride Zurich-Essen (291.4 mi)
Airlines
Germanwings carries out a flight from Zurich ZRH airport situated 5.7 mi away from the city centre of Zurich to Cologne (arrival at Cologne Bonn CGN airport)
Air Berlin flies on the route from Zurich ZRH airport (located 5.7 mi from Zurich, Switzerland) to Dusseldorf (serving Dusseldorf DUS airport)
Lufthansa schedules the flight from Zurich ZRH airport situated 5.7 mi away from the city centre of Zurich to Dusseldorf (arrival at Dusseldorf DUS airport)
Swiss International Airlines ensures the flight route from Zurich ZRH airport (located 5.7 mi from Zurich, Switzerland) to Dusseldorf (serving Dusseldorf DUS airport)
Darwin Airline carries out a flight from Zurich ZRH airport situated 5.7 mi away from the city centre of Zurich to Dusseldorf (arrival at Dusseldorf DUS airport)
Bus companies
The bus company FlixBus operates the intercity service from the bus station of Zurich in Zurich and to the one of Essen (North Rhine-Westphalia Germany)
ADAC PostBus is the bus carrier that allows to travel on the line between the city of Cologne (serving Koln bus station at 0.2 mi from centre) and the city of Essen where the coach will drop you off at Essen station situated at about 0.2 mi from Essen city centre.
The coach company Eurolines CH carries out the route from the bus station of Zurich in Zurich and to the one of Essen (North Rhine-Westphalia Germany)
Railway companies
Deutsche Bahn provides rail connections Zurich-Cologne with the train CityNightLine Pegasus from Zurich HB railway station (0.6 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Köln Hbf at arrival (0.2 mi from centre) and from Cologne to Essen with the train ICE which leaves Köln Hbf station to arrive at Essen Hbf railway station (North Rhine-Westphalia Germany)
EuroBahn transports passengers on a rail line Dusseldorf-Essen with the train RE3 from Düsseldorf Flughafen railway station (4.7 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Essen-Altenessen at arrival (1.9 mi from centre)
HKX operates the train journey from Dusseldorf to Essen with the train which leaves Düsseldorf Hbf station to arrive at Essen Hbf railway station (North Rhine-Westphalia Germany)
ÖBB provides a rail connection Dusseldorf-Essen with the train InterCity (IC) from Düsseldorf Hbf railway station (0.9 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Essen Hbf at arrival (0.5 mi from centre)

Stop cities from Zurich or cities to visit near Essen

When travelling from Essen to Zurich by plane, carpooling, bus, train, you might have to change at Dusseldorf located at 19 mi from Essen, Cologne 36 mi away from Essen (Germany). If you have some time on your way to Essen or back to Zurich, this may be a really good opportunity to visit and have a short stay in those cities.
 
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