Frankfurt, home to, well, the Frankfurter. Paris, home to pristine pastries. Is your stomach not rumbling yet? Well, maybe your appetite for adventure will be when we tell you that the cities are less than 4 hours apart by train, and that the trains we have in mind are high-speed Deutsche Bahn Intercity Express (ICE) and SNCF’s TGV trains, both with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Irresistible, we know.
If you get a taste for the high life while you’re up the Main Tower in Frankfurt, don’t worry, the Eiffel Tower is a pretty good follow up once you arrive in Paris. The Louvre is a must-see too, plus then you can say you met Mona Lisa, a pretty cool claim though not as cool as saying you went from Germany to France by high-speed train. So, book your tickets today, just use our fare finder for a great deal!
The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.
The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.
ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Paris by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Paris is 5 hours and 0 minutes, with around 19 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Paris is 3 hours and 43 minutes.
Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Paris can start from as little as $26.45 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Paris without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Paris leaves at 02:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Paris leaves at 20:50. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Paris cover a distance of around 296 miles (477 km) during the journey.