Transport

Situated centrally in the Rhine/Ruhr region, Essen is connected to an extensive traffic network. From all over Germany and from abroad Essen is easy to reach from all directions by car, train, plane, and even by water.

Within the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr Essen provides a comprehensive local passenger transport service within the city and beyond, via its extensive links with the region.

Residents' parking

In 1980, the concept of resident's parking was introduced into the road traffic regulations in order to reduce the impact of parking shortages on residents in heavily built-up urban areas. At the end of 2001, the legislature reworked the regulations so that they now apply to "Residents of urban districts with significant parking shortages".
Further information on residents' parking

Cycling in Essen

June 2010 metroradruhr as the biggest bike sharing system in Germany has started. Up to 3000 bikes are available to rent in ten cities of the .
Overview of cycling discovery routes

By train to Essen

If you want to travel to Essen by , Die Bahn with its travel service will assist you.

Important city connections in the VRR area:
S-Bahn

S1 Solingen - Düsseldorf- D-Flughafen - Duisburg - Mülheim an der Ruhr - Essen - Bochum - Dortmund
S2 Dortmund - Herne - Recklinghausen - Wanne Eickel - Gelsenkirchen - Essen - Oberhausen - Duisburg
S3 Oberhausen - Mülheim an der Ruhr - Essen - Hattingen
S6 Essen - Ratingen Ost - Düsseldorf - Langenfeld - Köln Nippes
S9 Haltern - Marl - Gelsenkirchen Buer Nord - Gladbeck - Bottrop - Essen - Essen Steele Ost - Langenberg - Wuppertal Hbf

Regionalexpress

RE 1 Aachen - Düsseldorf - Essen - Bochum - Dortmund - Hamm - Paderborn
RE 2 Münster - Haltern - Recklinghausen - Gelsenkirchen - Essen - Mülheim - Duisburg - Düsseldorf
RE 3 Hamm - Dortmund - Gelsenkirchen - Essen-Altenessen - Duisburg - Düsseldorf
RE 6 Düsseldorf - Duisburg - Essen - Dortmund - Hamm - Bielefeld - Minden
RE 11 Mönchengladbach - Viersen - Krefeld - Duisburg - Essen - Dortmund - Hamm
RE 14 Essen - Bottrop - Dorsten - Rhade - Borken
RE 16 Essen - Bochum - Witten - Hagen - Finnentrop - Siegen

Regionalbahn

RB40 Essen - Bochum - Witten - Hagen - Iserlohn
RB42 Essen - Gelsenkirchen - Recklinghausen - Sythen -

Essen by bus and tram

Together with a total of 27 public transport operators, the Essener Verkehrs-AG forms the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr. If you have questions regarding tickets, tariffs, and the timetable, please contact Fahrplanauskunft (timetable and travel ).

Carsharing

"Intelligent Mobility" is the here. In a cooperation between EVAG and stadtmobil-carsharing, Essen also has been providing passenger cars from Minis to medium size vehicles since 1 November 2000 to supplement bus and rail connections.

Advice, agreement forms and agreement conclusion in the EVAG customer service center. Please bring your personal identification card, driving licence, deposit, and poss. Ticket-2000 subscription / student card.

Details on the "Stadtmobil" stops, deposit required, and monthly stops are available from EVAG and stadtmobil.

Traffic News NRW

If you are by car in the vicinity of Essen, first obtain the current traffic news.

Building sites in the city area

, the "Koordinierungsstelle für Straßenbaumaßnahmen des Tiefbauamtes", provides an up-to-date overview of the building sites in the city area.

Information on current construction projects in the local public transport system is provided by Essener Verkehrs-AG (EVAG) .

Environmental zone in Essen

With effect from 1 January 2012, a coherent environmental zone has been established in the Ruhr Area. This environmental zone stretches from Duisburg to Dortmund, and covers an area of around 850 square kilometres.

Within the marked zone, it is prohibited to drive any motor vehicle that does not have an environmental sticker. With effect from 1 January 2013, it will be prohibited to drive any vehicle with a red sticker. After 1 July 2014, the environmental zone will be off limits for vehicles with red or yellow stickers .
Further information on the environmental zone in Essen

Taxis in Essen

Use the standard federal telephone number for taxis 19410 to contact Taxi-Zentrale Essen (SDT code 0201).

Taxi with tourist guide:
A special offer is available from the Taxi-Zentrale Essen for all guests and interested persons: in MPV taxis for up to 7 persons or in normal car taxis, specially trained drivers offer individual and theme-oriented city tours, e.g. culture, architecture, technology, or nature in the city area of Essen.

The taxi with tourist guide costs from 50.00 Euro for two hours as well as 25.00 Euro for each additional hour started.

By plane

airports in the vicinity are marked on the map. If you want to see Essen and the surrounding area from the air, please contact LVE - LuftfahrtVerein Essen e. V.

Connection to Düsseldorf Airport:
Direct connection by S-Bahn S1 Essen Main Station - Düsseldorf Flughafen/Airport
(VRR ticket price level C)

Connection to Dortmund Airport:
From Main Station Essen by S-Bahn or Regionalexpress to Main Station Dortmund.
(VRR ticket price level C)

From Dortmund Hbf. e.g. by Stadtbahnlinie U47 to Dortmund-Aplerbeck and then by bus 440 to the airport.

Connection to Cologne/Bonn Airport:
From the Airport Cologne/Bonn you take express bus SB 170 to Cologne main station from where there are several connections to Essen by Deutsche Bahn (see below).

Connection to Münster/Osnabrück Airport:
From Münster/Osnabrück Airport take bus lines D 50, S 50 or R 51 to Münster main station from where you take the Regionalbahn RB42 or the IC to Essen.

Connection to Essen/Mülheim Airport:
From Main Station Essen by bus CE45 to Essen/Mülheim Airport.
(VRR ticket price level B)

The Essen/Mülheim Airport is located on the southern city boundary between the cities of Essen and Mülheim. As a medium-size business airport it is predominantly used for national and international medium distance traffic, and as an airport for private air .

Essen by water

The Weiße Flotte by EVAG stress-free connections for leisure and recreation.

However, Essen does not only offer recreation, sport, and leisure activities on the Ruhr and Lake Baldeney. The Rhein-Herne-Kanal connects Essen with the Rhine and the German seaports. In matters of transport by water contact Hafen Essen for assistance.