Looking to exchange the skyscraper-lined cityscape of Frankfurt for something a little more rural and quainter? Deutsche Bahn’s ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) trains can take you direct from Frankfurt Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf in under an hour.
Arriving in Heidelberg, on the banks of the Neckar River, you'll be surrounded by hills, forests, and wildlife. It's the quintessential rural German town, filled with historic landmarks, like the 14th century Heidelberg University and Heidelberg Castle ruins, and it’s a wonderful place to explore, take photos, and feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of big cities. Find out more about the train journey from Frankfurt to Heidelberg below.
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.
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.
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 200 km/h. In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 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.
The European equivalent of the Intercity of Deutsche Bahn, this train is used on cross-border routes, for example on journeys from Germany to Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic. It stops only in some major city stations – it's often a good alternative to air travel.
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 Heidelberg Hbf 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 Heidelberg Hbf is 1 hour and 7 minutes, with around 68 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 Heidelberg Hbf is 48 minutes.
Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf can start from as little as €4.99 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 Heidelberg Hbf without having to change trains. There are 25 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf leaves at 00:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf leaves at 23:15. 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 Heidelberg Hbf cover a distance of around 78km during the journey.