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Train travel from Brussels to Frankfurt

Travelling from one exciting European city to another has never been easier, thanks to the exceptional high-speed direct trains on offer. Hop on the train from Brussels to Frankfurt and you’ll arrive in the historic German city in under 3 hours. Taking the train saves you valuable time - no need to shuttle between airports or wait forever in long security lines! Instead, you can start your exploration of Frankfurt’s many museums and international dining scene early in the day.

For the quickest journey, take the high-speed ICE train from Deutsche Bahn. Equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi, and a dining car, you’ll be well looked after throughout. First Class services are available for those looking for a little more space and a touch of luxury. Find out more in the FAQs and train times below.

Journey timeFrom 2h 48m
Price$34.23 - $288.63
Distance316km (196 miles)
Frequency7 trains per day
Departure stationBrussels
Arrival stationFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf for Wednesday 16th Oct 2019. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDurationTrainOperated by
06:3310:313h 58m, directIntercity-Express 11Deutsche Bahn (DB)
07:0611:484h 42m, 4 changesIntercity 505, Regionalzug 5007+3SNCB, Nahreisezug+1
07:5512:134h 18m, 2 changesThalys 9403, Intercity-Express 105+1Thalys, Deutsche Bahn (DB)
08:3212:273h 55m, directIntercity-Express 13Deutsche Bahn (DB)
09:2513:484h 23m, 3 changesThalys 9413, SEV-Bus 1063+2Thalys, Nahreisezug+1
09:2514:134h 48m, 2 changesThalys 9413, Intercity-Express 107+1Thalys, Deutsche Bahn (DB)
10:3414:313h 57m, directIntercity-Express 15Deutsche Bahn (DB)
10:4116:265h 45m, 3 changesIntercity 2631, IC Bus 42247+2SNCB, Deutsche Bahn (DB)
11:0815:484h 40m, 4 changesIntercity 509, Regionalzug 5011+3SNCB, Nahreisezug+1
12:3416:313h 57m, directIntercity-Express 211Deutsche Bahn (DB)

Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

You can travel from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf on Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) 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 billion 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 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.

Cheap train tickets from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

Train tickets from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf start at €29.55 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €126.71.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price101.45
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price103.47
on the day
avg. single price126.71

Ahorra comprando tus billetes con la mayor antelación posible

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 Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf by booking early.§

Descubre cómo encontrar billetes de tren más baratos

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.

Consulta (¡y obtén!) los descuentos y ofertas de tren del momento

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!

Utiliza tu tarjeta de descuento al comprar tus billetes de tren

Take a look at Tarjetas de descuento Renfe to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf? 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 Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Brussels and Frankfurt (Main) Hbf is 4 hours and 33 minutes, with around 14 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 Brussels and Frankfurt (Main) Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf is 2 hours and 48 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf can start from as little as €29.55 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.

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

Yes, it is possible to travel from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf leaves at 06:33. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf leaves at 21:52. 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 Brussels and Frankfurt (Main) Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf cover a distance of around 316km during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Brussels. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Brussels to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 16/10/2019. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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