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Taking the train from Berlin to Frankfurt Main

Whether you're going to Frankfurt to marvel at the beautiful European art or to explore the breathtaking Palmgarten, the best way to get there is by taking a train from Berlin to Frankfurt. Imagine wallowing in the beauty of the Brandenburg Gate and then later enjoying German cuisine at the Medici restaurant. Even better, you'll get to take in the colourful landscape of the German countryside, so don't forget to bring your camera along.

As the route from Berlin to Frankfurt is popular among tourists and locals alike, it enjoys 29 trains on a daily basis. Hop on an ICE high-speed train from Berlin to Frankfurt and you'll arrive right in the heart of the city in under four hours, relaxed and ready to explore. Travelling with ICE trains will get you to Frankfurt in style, but if you'd love to make your journey extra special upgrade to First Class and enjoy incredibly comfortable seats with complimentary snacks and drinks served to your seat.

Once you arrive in Frankfurt you can make your way to the Legacy Bar and Grill to sample the German food and nightlife, just around the corner from the station. If you're ready to book your tickets, use our handy Journey Planner above. Or if you're still not convinced, keep reading this page for FAQs and top money-saving tips to help you plan your train journey from Berlin to Frankfurt.

Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) by train

It takes an average of 4h 38m to travel from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) by train, over a distance of around 263 miles (424 km). There are normally 30 trains per day travelling from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) and tickets for this journey start from €9.99 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 45m
PriceFrom €9.99
Distance263 miles (424 km)
Frequency30 trains per day
First train00:21
Last train22:31
Departure stationBerlin
Arrival stationFrankfurt (Main)
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Flixbus, BlaBlaCar Bus

Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) for Thursday 11th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
04:30 Berlin Hbf (tief)09:00 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 646 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets4h 30m, 1 change
06:08 Berlin Südkreuz09:56 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 938 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets3h 48m, direct
07:11 Berlin Südkreuz10:56 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 936 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets3h 45m, direct
07:46 Berlin Hbf12:00 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 944 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets4h 14m, 1 change
08:12 Berlin Südkreuz12:36 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 1003 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets4h 24m, 1 change
08:34 Berlin Hbf13:00 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 642 Deutsche Bahn Get tickets4h 26m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main)

You can travel from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.

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An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Cheap train tickets from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main)

The price of train tickets from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) starts at €9.99 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main)? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) take?

The average journey time by train between Berlin and Frankfurt (Main) is 4 hours and 38 minutes, with around 30 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Berlin and Frankfurt (Main) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) is 3 hours and 45 minutes.

How much does the train from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) cost?

Train ticket prices from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) can start from as little as €9.99 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) leave?

The first train from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) leaves at 00:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) leave?

The last train from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) leaves at 22:31. 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.

What's the distance between Berlin and Frankfurt (Main) by train?

Trains travelling from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) cover a distance of around 263 miles (424 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main).
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Berlin to Frankfurt (Main) for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/11/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 12/05/2022 for travel on 12/05/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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