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Travelling by Train from Frankfurt to Heidelberg

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.

Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf by train

It takes an average of 1h 12m to travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf by train, over a distance of around 48 miles (78 km). There are normally 72 trains per day travelling from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €6.99 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 48m
Price€6.99 - €45.80
Distance48 miles (78 km)
Frequency72 trains per day
Departure stationFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
Arrival stationHeidelberg Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf for dinsdag 26ste jan. 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:50 12:48 58m, 1 change
12:20 13:08 48m, direct
12:50 13:48 58m, 1 change
12:56 14:04 1h 08m, 1 change
13:06 14:23 1h 17m, 1 change
13:06 14:39 1h 33m, direct
13:12 14:43 1h 31m, 1 change
13:27 14:43 1h 16m, 2 changes
13:50 14:48 58m, 1 change
14:20 15:08 48m, direct

Deutsche Bahn trains from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf

You can travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf on Deutsche Bahn 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.

Cheap train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf

Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf start at €6.99 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 €23.69.
lowest price found
from6.99
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price22.15
on the day
avg. single price23.69

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 Heidelberg Hbf 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 guide 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and Heidelberg Hbf is 1 hour and 12 minutes, with around 72 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 Heidelberg Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf is 48 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf can start from as little as €6.99 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf?

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 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 Heidelberg Hbf leave?

The first train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf leaves at 00:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf leaves at 23:12. 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 Heidelberg Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf cover a distance of around 48 miles (78 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Heidelberg Hbf to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 26/01/2021. 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 11/01/2021 for travel on 20/08/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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