Ready to go from frankfurters to French cheese? Then it’s time to take a high-speed train from Frankfurt Main to Paris! With direct, high-speed trains from TGV and other fast connecting options from DB and SNCF, there’s no shortage of sleek, modern trains to take you from one bustling European hub to another.
You might even be surprised at just how fast the direct train from Frankfurt to Paris can be, compared to flying (and taking time spent travelling to and from airports into account) the train may actually be quicker! And that’s without mentioning the added comfort you’ll get when travelling by train.
A convenient city centre to city centre journey – once you arrive at Paris Gare de l’Est station, the majestic Sacré-Cœur Basilica is less than a 20-minute walk away, so you can get straight into sightseeing if you wish! No waiting for your bags at the conveyor belt, no long journey into the city from an out-of-town airport, just get straight into the heart of Paris.
Book your ticket in our Journey Planner above, or if you need some more info first, check out our FAQs about this route below!
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.
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).
TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.
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 Paris 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 Paris is 8 hours and 20 minutes, with around 30 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 Paris is 3 hours and 51 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris can start from as little as €39 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 Paris without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris leaves at 11:56. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris leaves at 09:27. 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 Paris cover a distance of around 296 miles (477 km) during the journey.