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DB trains from Frankfurt to Heidelberg

The average train time from Frankfurt to Heidelberg is 1h 7m, although it takes just 48m on the fastest direct Deutsche Bahn ICE trains. There are around 70 trains per day running from Frankfurt to Heidelberg.

  • All trains depart from Frankfurt Main (Hbf) station.
  • All trains arrive into Heidelberg Main (Hbf) station.

Whilst Frankfurt is famed for its towering skyscrapers and powerful urban metropolis, if you're looking for something a little quieter with more scenic surroundings, Heidelberg is the place to go. Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) trains can take you directly to this exciting destination in less than an hour.

Sitting on the banks of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is a charming city with a lot of history behind it. It's surrounded by dense forests, enjoying lovely natural views in every direction, and visitors won't want to miss out on trips to the Old Bridge and Heidelberg Palace.

Start your search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep scrolling for more information about the trains from Frankfurt to Heidelberg.

Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf by train

It takes an average of 1h 2m to travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf by train, over a distance of around 49 miles (78 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €4.99 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 51m
PriceFrom €4.99
Distance49 miles (78 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train10:50
Last train15:06
Departure stationFrankfurt (Main)
Arrival stationHeidelberg Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf for Saturday 19th June 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
02:06 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf03:29 Heidelberg HbfRE 15343 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 23m, direct
02:45 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf04:28 Heidelberg HbfICE 209 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 43m, 1 change
04:06 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf05:39 Heidelberg HbfRE 15301 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 33m, direct
05:06 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf06:37 Heidelberg HbfRE 15303 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 31m, direct
05:17 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf06:37 Heidelberg HbfRailjet Xpress 63 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 20m, 2 changes
05:17 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf06:45 Heidelberg HbfRailjet Xpress 63 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 28m, 1 change
05:50 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf06:47 Heidelberg HbfICE 271 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets57m, 1 change
06:06 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf07:36 Heidelberg HbfRE 15305 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 30m, direct
06:18 Frankfurt-Niederrad07:44 Heidelberg HbfRE 4555 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 26m, 1 change
06:29 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf07:44 Heidelberg HbfICE 18 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 15m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf

You can travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) 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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

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.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

Cheap train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf

The price of train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf starts at €4.99 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

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 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 guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train 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 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) to Heidelberg Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Frankfurt (Main) and Heidelberg Hbf is 1 hour and 2 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Frankfurt (Main) and Heidelberg Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf is 51 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf can start from as little as €4.99 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) to Heidelberg Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) 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) to Heidelberg Hbf leave?

The first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf leaves at 10:50. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf leaves at 15:06. 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.

What's the distance between Frankfurt (Main) and Heidelberg Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf cover a distance of around 49 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). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Frankfurt (Main) to Heidelberg Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/19/2021. 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 08/03/2021 for travel on 08/03/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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