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|Population:||582,764 (30 Jun 2007)|
|Motorways:||A40, A42, A52|
South towards (Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt) 3
From the main rail station take the subway line U11 (direction: Messe West/Süd/Gruga) or the tram line 101 or 107 (direction: Bredeney). Exit at Martinstraße and change to the bus line 142 (direction: Kettwig). Leave the bus at the station "Abzweig Flughafen" (single ticket for all the way is €2.20). You will pass a ramp a bit earlier but don't get off there ("Polizeischule") nobody can stop there. At "Abzweig Flughafen" you walk to the ramp direction Düsseldorf and place yourself on the ramp (see on the map). Be carful, a lot of traffic but even a bit difficult to stop. It is a good spot, but there may be better spots in Essen. Quarim waited 20 min there.
As there is no convenient spot inside the city, drive a few minutes to Bottrop. See that article for detailed informations
Probably you can also hitch out of the city somewhere along the Ruhrschnellweg, the A40. If you take the metro to "Breslauer Straße" you arrive at the ramp to the motorway. Traffic is good, but there is almost no place to stop for the drivers, so waiting time might be long and it can not be recommended.
Exit "Essen-Zentrum" is a good spot to get dropped off, as it is more or less direct at the train station. At exit "Essen-Holsterhausen" you can find the metro next to the ramp and also get everywhere in the city.