Paris to Frankfurt am Main by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $48.81
  2. 30 day advance $52.34
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 38m
  • Distance
    478 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    3hr 52m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Paris to Frankfurt am Main by train

Fast trains from Paris to Frankfurt am Main take around 3 hours and 38 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 478 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Frankfurt am Main.

1. Are there direct trains from Paris to Frankfurt am Main?

Direct trains from Paris to Frankfurt am Main have been found.

We usually find around 21 direct trains on the route from Paris to Frankfurt am Main every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 20 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Paris to Frankfurt am Main?

The Paris to Frankfurt am Main train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 38 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Paris to Frankfurt am Main train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Frankfurt am Main is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 07:05 and the last train is around 19:06. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Paris around 07:10, and the last at 19:06.

What's the Paris to Frankfurt am Main train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to Frankfurt am Main are $48.81.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $52 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $49. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Paris to Frankfurt am Main train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Paris to Frankfurt am Main by train.

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Which train companies operate between Paris and Frankfurt am Main?

More than one train company operates on the route from Paris to Frankfurt am Main, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Alleo
  • ICE
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • TGV

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Frankfurt am Main to Paris by train

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It is a very easy journey by train from Paris to Frankfurt-am-Main. This key business route has been greatly improved in recent years, and the journey time was trimmed again in July 2016. The route includes the LGV Est line where trains regularly travel at speeds of over 300 kph. It’s no surprise that the train now has the edge over air travel for journeys from Paris to Frankfurt.

If the timings of the direct trains do not suit your schedule, you’ll find additional options via Karlsruhe or Mannheim. The change of train does add about 45 minutes to the overall journey time, but usually makes no difference to the fare.

Paris to Frankfurt am Main

The route is served by both French TGVs and German ICE trains. Both offer comparable levels of comfort. The fastest services run via Strasbourg, while others – only slightly slower – are routed via Saarbrücken. The journey time between the two cities is under four hours. Trains to Frankfurt leave from the Gare de l’Est in Paris. In Frankfurt they terminate at the city's Hauptbahnhof.

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Child and youth passengers

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Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.