Whether you hop on a high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) or IC (Intercity) train, the journey from Frankfurt to Nuremberg is easy when travel by rail. It takes just two hours to travel between these two German destinations, we recommend relaxing in the train’s wide comfortable seating and enjoy the beautiful countryside views you’ll pass through along the way – not something you can do when you travel by car!
Travelling by train also means you can depart from the centre of Frankfurt and arrive right into the centre of Nuremberg – the second biggest city in Bavaria – so you can start exploring straight away. Maybe that means visiting a traditional pub, exploring the 14th-century Frauenkirche church, or even taking a tour of Nuremberg's Imperial Castle.
Keen to find out more? Search for times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for FAQs about the journey from Frankfurt’s Main station to Nuremberg by train.
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.
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 Nuremberg 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 Nuremberg is 2 hours and 31 minutes, with around 24 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 Nuremberg is 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Frankfurt (Main) to Nuremberg can start from as little as €12.90 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) to Nuremberg without having to change trains. There are 20 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Nuremberg each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Nuremberg leaves at 01:31. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Frankfurt (Main) to Nuremberg leaves at 22:36. 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 Nuremberg cover a distance of around 117 miles (189 km) during the journey.