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Travelling from Frankfurt Main to Brussels by train

How to perfectly end a trip to Frankfurt – a trip to the Belgian capital perhaps? Take on this popular train route from Germany to Belgium and enjoy the best of both countries, from frankfurters to fries. You’ll travel in style aboard an ICE train operated by Deutsche Bahn, where air-conditioning, WiFi and a dining car can all be enjoyed. Your journey will last under three hours – that's so much quicker than driving!

Don’t worry if you spend a bit longer than expected sampling some of Frankfurt’s apple wine or climbing the heights of Main Tower, seven trains serve this route every day, so you’ll have plenty of chances to make your way to Brussels, where a selfie with the Atomium should be a priority. Discover more about this exciting route below, including train times, tickets and FAQs.

Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels by train

It takes an average of 6h 31m to travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels by train, over a distance of around 196 miles (316 km). There are normally 18 trains per day travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €18.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 57m
Price€18.90 - €219.70
Distance196 miles (316 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
Departure stationFrankfurt (Main)
Arrival stationBrussels
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsUnion Ivkoni (Bus), Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus

Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels train times

Check out the next trains departing from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels for Tuesday 29th Sep 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:29 13:26 2h 57m, direct
12:29 15:26 2h 57m, direct
14:29 17:26 2h 57m, direct
15:10 18:35 3h 25m, 2 changes
16:29 19:26 2h 57m, direct
18:29 21:26 2h 57m, direct
19:25 07:03 11h 38m, 3 changes
19:29 05:53 10h 24m, 4 changes
19:53 08:04 12h 11m, 3 changes
20:06 07:03 10h 57m, 4 changes

Deutsche Bahn trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels

You can travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels 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) to Brussels

Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels start at €18.90 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 €99.57.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price72.89
on the day
avg. single price99.57

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) to Brussels 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) to Brussels? 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) to Brussels take?

The average journey time by train between Frankfurt (Main) and Brussels is 6 hours and 31 minutes, with around 18 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) and Brussels by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels is 2 hours and 57 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels can start from as little as €18.90 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 Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels?

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

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

The first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels leaves at 03:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels 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) and Brussels by train?

Trains travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels cover a distance of around 196 miles (316 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Brussels to Frankfurt (Main). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Frankfurt (Main) to Brussels.
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) to Brussels for a typical week day using timetable data for 29/09/2020. 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 21/09/2020 for travel on 29/10/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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