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Travelling from Frankfurt to Paris by train

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!

Frankfurt (Main) to Paris by train

It takes an average of 7h 16m to travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris by train, over a distance of around 296 miles (477 km). There are normally 18 trains per day travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €39 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 53m
Price€39 - €273
Distance296 miles (477 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
Departure stationFrankfurt (Main)
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Frankfurt (Main) to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris for Saturday 30th May 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
02:53 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf10:21 Paris Gare de l’EstICE 209 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets7h 28m, 4 changes
05:50 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf10:51 Paris Gare de l’EstICE 271 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 01m, 2 changes
06:58 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf10:53 Paris Gare de l’EstICE 9586 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets3h 55m, direct
07:26 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf13:08 Paris Gare de l’EstICE 220 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 42m, 4 changes
07:50 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf14:54 Paris Gare de l’EstICE 591 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets7h 04m, 5 changes
08:10 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf16:15 Paris Gare du NordICE 822 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets8h 05m, 5 changes
10:29 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf18:14 Paris Gare du NordICE 16 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets7h 45m, 3 changes
12:15 Frankfurt-Niederrad18:20 Paris Gare de l’Estvlexx 29518 vlexx Get tickets6h 05m, 2 changes
12:50 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf19:58 Paris Gare de l’EstICE 279 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets7h 08m, 2 changes
12:53 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf20:20 Paris Gare de l’EstVIAS GmbH 25016 VIAS GmbH Get tickets7h 27m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), SNCF and TGV trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris

You can travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), SNCF and TGV 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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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).

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris

Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris start at €39 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 €145.01.
lowest price found
from39
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price102.30
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price111.25
on the day
avg. single price145.01

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 Paris 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 Paris? 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 Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Frankfurt (Main) and Paris is 7 hours and 16 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 Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris is 3 hours and 53 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris can start from as little as €39 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 Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris leaves at 05:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris leaves at 22:20. 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 Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris cover a distance of around 296 miles (477 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Frankfurt (Main). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Frankfurt (Main) to Paris.
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 Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 30/05/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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