Let yourself be whisked from Germany's financial centre, Frankfurt, to the historic city of Hannover in just three hours with an Intercity Deutsche Bahn rail service. Enjoy superior comfort, on-board dining and choice of seat class, as well as a journey that is over an hour quicker than driving and more environmentally friendly than flying. With services starting early in the morning and continuing throughout the day, this flexible service also offers a wider range of departure choice than air travel.
As soon as you step off the train you'll find yourself directly in the centre of handsome Hannover. No need to worry about pricey taxis or long connections. You'll have some of Hannover's great attractions right at your fingertips, from the famous half-timbered Medieval houses of the Old Town to the Grand Opera House and City Hall, Hannover is a real treat for the eyes.
With regular, reliable connections provided by Deutsche Bahn, the main provider of rail travel across Germany, you'll travel in comfort and style. Start your search for times and tickets above, or continue reading to find out more hot tips on German rail travel, including hints about timetables, how to find cheap tickets, and much more.
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.
Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.
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 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (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.
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 Hannover 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) and Hannover Hbf is 3 hours and 5 minutes, with around 15 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) to Hannover Hbf is 2 hours and 58 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Frankfurt (Main) to Hannover Hbf can start from as little as €17.50 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) to Hannover Hbf without having to change trains. There are 10 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Hannover Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Hannover Hbf leaves at 06:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Frankfurt (Main) to Hannover Hbf leaves at 16:14. 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) to Hannover Hbf cover a distance of around 164 miles (263 km) during the journey.