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.
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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.
An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.
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.
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.§
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 Zurich Hb and Frankfurt (Main) is 4 hours and 36 minutes, with around 16 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 Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) is 3 hours and 53 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) can start from as little as €18.90 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 Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) leaves at 00:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) leaves at 21:59. 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 Zurich Hb to Frankfurt (Main) cover a distance of around 189 miles (304 km) during the journey.