In just under two hours, without any need for lengthy check-in procedures or tiring transfers, you can take the train direct from Frankfurt over the border and into Strasbourg. High-speed trains including Deutsche Bahn’s ICE (Intercity-Express) fleet and SNCF’s TGV trains make this journey every day.
At the heart of the Alsace region, Strasbourg is a unique city with a distinctive fusion of French and German culture and a lot of beautiful medieval buildings. It’s popular for its Christmas markets, but can be enjoyed at any other time of year. Scroll down for more useful information about this train journey, including train times and FAQs.
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.
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.
ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
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 Strasbourg 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 Strasbourg is 3 hours and 2 minutes, with around 21 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 Strasbourg is 1 hour and 51 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Strasbourg can start from as little as €19.90 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Strasbourg without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Strasbourg each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Strasbourg leaves at 02:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Strasbourg leaves at 22:06. 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 Strasbourg cover a distance of around 113 miles (182 km) during the journey.