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Travelling from Zurich to Frankfurt by train

Take a high-speed train from Zurich to Frankfurt and reach your destination in 3h 52m on the fastest services. Deutsche Bahn’s (DB) high-speed ICE trains serve the Zurich-Frankfurt route, running direct from Zurich Main Station to Frankfurt Central Station. There are 10 direct services per day between the two cities, with the first train departing at 05:08 and the last at 21:38. You must have a seat reservation to travel on an ICE service, so book in advance to guarantee yourself a spot on the train! And if you’re feeling indulgent, upgrade to First Class to enjoy an at-seat dining service, access to DB lounges and spacious seats.

Once you arrive in Frankfurt, the city’s many attractions are ripe to be explored. Head to the iconic 15th-century city hall, The Römer, before wandering around the Römerberg market square. We’ve even got a handy guide on things to do in Frankfurt to help you plan your trip. For business travellers, the Bankenviertel (banking district) is within walking distance of Frankfurt Central Station.

Ready to travel? Compare ticket prices and journey times using our Journey Planner. Book in advance for cheaper tickets and a guaranteed spot on busy services. We’ll send your ticket as a handy eticket, which you can keep on your phone or print at home.

Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) by train

It takes an average of 5h 16m to travel from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) by train, over a distance of around 189 miles (304 km). There are normally 23 trains per day travelling from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) and tickets for this journey start from €15.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 52m
Price€15.60 - €181.90
Distance189 miles (304 km)
Frequency23 trains per day
Departure stationZurich Hb
Arrival stationFrankfurt (Main)
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) for Monday 6th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
16:00 Zürich HB19:53 Frankfurt (Main) HbfIntercity 778 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets3h 53m, 1 change
17:00 Zürich HB21:08 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 272 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets4h 08m, direct
18:00 Zürich HB22:36 Frankfurt (Main) HbfIntercity 782 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets4h 36m, 2 changes
19:00 Zürich HB23:13 Frankfurt (Main) HbfICE 4 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets4h 13m, direct
20:00 Zürich HB00:26 Frankfurt (Main) HbfIC 60400 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets4h 26m, direct
21:36 Zürich HB03:02 Frankfurt (Main) HbfIntercity 1252 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets5h 26m, 1 change
21:38 Zürich HB03:02 Frankfurt (Main) HbfRegional-Express 4838 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets5h 24m, 3 changes
22:08 Zürich HB07:52 Frankfurt (Main) HbfInterregio 2286 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets9h 44m, 5 changes
22:32 Zürich HB07:52 Frankfurt (Main) HbfIntercity 738 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets9h 20m, 6 changes
00:08 Zürich HB08:29 Frankfurt-NiederradInterregio 2292 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets8h 21m, 3 changes

Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main)

You can travel from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) on 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.

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 Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main)

Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) start at €15.60 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 €96.91.
lowest price found
from15.60
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price69.83
on the day
avg. single price96.91

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 Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) 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 Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main)? 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 Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) take?

The average journey time by train between Zurich Hb and Frankfurt (Main) is 5 hours and 16 minutes, with around 23 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 Zurich Hb and Frankfurt (Main) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) is 3 hours and 52 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) can start from as little as €15.60 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 Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main). Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) leaves at 22:32. 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 Zurich Hb and Frankfurt (Main) by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) cover a distance of around 189 miles (304 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Zurich Hb. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main).
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 Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) 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 17/03/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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