London to Essen by train

  • First train
    06:13
  • Last train
    19:34
  • Avg changes
    2
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 23m
  • Distance
    494 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    10
  • Avg. journey time
    7hr 2m
  • Train operators

Travelling from London to Essen by train

Fast trains from London to Essen take around 5 hours and 23 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 494 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Essen.

1. Are there direct trains from London to Essen?

Journeys between London and Essen usually involve 2 changes of train.

We usually find around 11 departures on the route from London to Essen every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

2. How long is the train journey from London to Essen?

The London to Essen train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 23 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the London to Essen train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Essen is usually scheduled to depart London around 06:13 and the last train is around 19:34. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:57, and the last at 20:03.

When to book London to Essen train tickets?

Trains for this journey 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 London to Essen by train.

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Which train companies operate between London and Essen?

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

  • Eurocity (EC)
  • Eurostar
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Regional-Express
  • S-Bahn
  • TGV

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

Essen to London by train

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and 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.