Fastest journey3hr 35m
It is an easy journey by train from Amsterdam to Frankfurt-am-Main. The route runs south-east from Amsterdam and then follows the Rhine Valley upstream across the German border to Cologne and beyond. With a choice of five to seven direct trains each day (depending on the day of the week), you’ll normally find a train to suit your schedule. The fastest trains take just under four hours for the entire journey.
Tickets for the journey from Amsterdam to Frankfurt go on sale three months prior to travel. That’s the time to book if you are keen to get the best fares.
Amsterdam to Frankfurt am Main
The direct trains to Frankfurt-am-Main all leave from Amsterdam Centraal station. Most of the trains on this route are ICE services operated jointly by the Dutch and German rail administrations. In addition to the ICEs, you’ll also find a once-daily German Intercity train plying the route. Whether you take an ICE or the slower Intercity service, you’ll have a choice of two stations to alight in Frankfurt. The train stops first at the airport (where the station is called Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof) and then continues into the city centre to the Hauptbahnhof.
The ICE trains from Amsterdam to Frankfurt make just six stops along the way. Beyond Cologne they use a high-speed line which cuts through the hills. The Intercity service makes more stops and takes over two hours longer. Beyond Cologne it follows the old Rhine Valley line south.
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