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Travelling by train from Paris to Frankfurt Main

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.

Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf by train

It takes an average of 4h 59m to travel from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf by train, over a distance of around 296 miles (477 km). There are normally 13 trains per day travelling from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €29 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 38m
PriceFrom €29
Distance296 miles (477 km)
Frequency13 trains per day
First train07:20
Last train20:55
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus, ÖBB

Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf for Tuesday 16th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:06 11:59 3h 53m, direct
09:55 14:08 4h 13m, 1 change
10:55 15:48 4h 53m, 2 changes
12:10 15:59 3h 49m, direct
12:55 16:52 3h 57m, 1 change
14:20 17:58 3h 38m, direct
14:55 18:52 3h 57m, 1 change
16:10 19:59 3h 49m, direct
18:06 21:59 3h 53m, direct
19:35 01:45 6h 10m, 2 changes

TGV, SNCF, Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB trains from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

You can travel from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf on TGV, SNCF, Deutsche Bahn and ÖBB 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

The price of train tickets from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf starts at €29 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 Paris to Frankfurt (Main) 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 Paris to Frankfurt (Main) 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 Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf take?

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.

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

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf is 3 hours and 38 minutes.

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

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.

Is there a direct train from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf?

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.

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

The first train from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf leaves at 07:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

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

Trains travelling from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf to Paris. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/16/2022. 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 06/23/2022 for travel on 06/23/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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