Want to explore a vibrant European city near Paris without stepping foot on a plane? Head to Frankfurt in just under 4 hours on the train and forget about traffic jams or security checks at the airport. Take the high-speed ICE train operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), and you can enjoy free WiFi and comfy seating before being dropped off in the heart of Frankfurt.
There are 5 direct trains per day from Paris to Frankfurt Main, giving you plenty of choice for selecting the perfect time to travel. If none of the direct trains suit your needs, there are of course connecting trains you can take at your own speed. Onboard the ICE train, why not upgrade to First Class tickets? You can look forward to comfier seats, free food and drink and access to DB lounges at certain stations!
Once in Frankfurt, hop off with your luggage and get straight into some sightseeing by visiting the nearby Main Tower, an iconic piece of architecture where you can get some great early views over the city. From there, you’ll probably be able to see the famous Iron Bridge, another great photo opportunity. Frankfurt really is a beautiful city, and it has some great food options to go with it. Make sure you try a Frankfurter when you’re… well, in Frankfurt! It’s sure to be the original and best.
Ready to book? Search for tickets and times in our Journey Planner at the top of this page, or read on for more information, including FAQs.
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.
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).
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.
ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.
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 Paris to Frankfurt (Main) 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 Paris and Frankfurt (Main) Hbf is 4 hours and 59 minutes, with around 13 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 Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf is 3 hours and 38 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf can start from as little as €29 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 Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf leaves at 07:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf leaves at 20:55. 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 Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf cover a distance of around 296 miles (477 km) during the journey.