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How to travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen? Look no further.

There are around 37 trains per day running between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Aachen, which usually take 2 hours 24 minutes to complete the 123 miles (197 km) journey. It can take as little as 1 hour 48 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Hop on a train operated by either ICE or DB to reach your destination in no time. These train companies are the main operators of services on this route and run modern comfortable trains to make your journey as relaxing as possible.

You can save money on train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen if you book in advance. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for timetables (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen by train

First train

04:46

Last train

23:24

Departure station

Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

Arrival station

Aachen

Journey time

From 1h 48m

Distance

123 miles (197 km)

Frequency

37 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen for Tuesday 23rd April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:36 12:07 2h 31m, 2 changes
10:26 12:18 1h 52m, 1 change
10:42 13:07 2h 25m, 2 changes
11:26 13:16 1h 50m, direct
11:36 14:07 2h 31m, 2 changes
12:42 15:07 2h 25m, 2 changes
13:26 15:17 1h 51m, direct
13:32 16:07 2h 35m, 1 change
13:36 16:07 2h 31m, 2 changes
14:16 16:41 2h 25m, 1 change

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

You can travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen 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 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.

ICE classes from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen

Compare the different travel classes offered by ICE when travelling from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen.

Onboard services on ICE

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

When travelling with ICE, you can enjoy an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you choose the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

Upgrade to First Class and you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB change their menu every three months, but you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

If you’re travelling on a ICE train, you can connect to the free WiFi and catch up on some work or your favourite TV show.

You can also connect to the ICE portal, where you’ll find a wide range of entertainment, such as films, television, audiobooks, games, newspapers and magazines.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On DB’s ICE trains, kids under 5 years old travel for free and don’t need a ticket. Children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

You can also book family areas and children compartments on all ICE trains.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

With ICE, you need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle onboard. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Generally, bike storage spaces are located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

You can travel with your pet on all ICE trains. You do not need an extra ticket If you have a small dog and they can travel in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

DB’s Mobility Service can assist you with boarding, disembarking or changing trains. Also, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

Cheap train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen

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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen? 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen take?

The average journey time by train between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Aachen is 2 hours and 24 minutes, with around 37 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Aachen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen is 1 hour and 48 minutes.

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

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

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

The first train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen leaves at 04:46. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen leaves at 23:24. 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Aachen by train?

Trains travelling from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen cover a distance of around 123 miles (197 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Aachen to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Aachen.

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