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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 5h 31m 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 50m
Price€29 - €304.90
Distance296 miles (477 km)
Frequency13 trains per day
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationFrankfurt (Main) Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf for Monday 6th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
12:20 Paris Gare de Lyon18:44 Frankfurt (Main) HbfTGV Duplex Lyria 9213 SNCF Get tickets6h 24m, 1 change
14:28 Paris Gare de l’Est19:05 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 9563 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 37m, direct
17:10 Paris Gare de l’Est20:58 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 9555 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets3h 48m, direct
17:54 Paris Gare de l’Est23:13 Frankfurt (Main) HbfTGV INOUI 9579 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 19m, 1 change
18:54 Paris Gare de l’Est00:26 Frankfurt (Main) HbfTGV INOUI 2377 SNCF Get tickets5h 32m, 2 changes
20:24 Paris Gare de l’Est03:02 Frankfurt (Main) HbfTGV INOUI 2465 SNCF Get tickets6h 38m, 2 changes
20:48 Paris Gare de l’Est07:52 Frankfurt (Main) HbfTGV INOUI 2643 SNCF Get tickets11h 04m, 4 changes
06:40 Paris Gare de l’Est11:03 Frankfurt (Main) HbfTGV INOUI 9561 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 23m, direct
09:04 Paris Gare de l’Est12:58 Frankfurt (Main) HbfTGV INOUI 9551 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets3h 54m, direct
10:04 Paris Gare de l’Est15:08 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 9573 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets5h 04m, 1 change

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

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

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.

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

Train tickets from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf start at €29 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 €156.92.
lowest price found
from29
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price98.43
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price108.11
on the day
avg. single price156.92

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 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 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 5 hours and 31 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 50 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf can start from as little as €29 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 Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf. 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 06:40. 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 20:37. 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.
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 Paris to Frankfurt (Main) Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/07/2020. 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 29/06/2020 for travel on 12/03/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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