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Trains to Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt-am-Main is Germany’s fifth largest city, and is by far the most important centre for the country’s banking and financial services sector. That may sound pretty dull, but actually Frankfurt has a lot going for it. It has a number of excellent galleries and museums, and an Old Town (immaculately restored after wartime damage) which bristles with history. A further large section of the historic city centre was thoroughly restored, reopening in 2018 to great acclaim. It brings new life to a pedestrian zone between the catherdral and Römer Square.

No-one queues to pay homage at the modern headquarters of the European Central Bank, but the locals certainly jostle for space in the small bars which give character to the town’s Sachsenhausen district. It’s on the opposite bank of the River Main from the city centre. The area’s signature drink is a tasty dry cider called Ebbelwoi.

The main station is the massive Hauptbahnhof, which is ten minutes on foot south-west of the city centre. It's a major hub on Germany’s ICE rail network with departures at least hourly for Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Munich. There are direct international services to Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Avignon, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna, Basel, Berne and Zürich. Milan joined the list at the start of 2018.

Stations in Frankfurt are complicated. On many journeys across Germany you may find yourself changing trains at one of the airport stations rather than in the city-centre Hauptbahnhof. The principal airport station is called Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen Fernbahnhof. Yet another useful station is in the city’s Sachsenhausen district: it is called Frankfurt-am-Main Süd. It is the departure point for direct trains to Warsaw and Moscow. For some destinations in eastern Germany, you’ll find a wider choice of trains from the Südbahnhof than from the Hauptbahnhof.

Finally, don’t forget that there are two Frankfurts in Germany. Frankfurt-am-Main is a long way from Frankfurt-an-der-Oder, a smaller city on the Polish border in eastern Germany. Make sure you book to the correct Frankfurt!

Travel to Frankfurt am Main by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

London to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $78.58

Avg 1 change 5hr 15m

Paris to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $33.05

Avg 0 changes 3hr 38m

Brussels to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $39.29

Avg 0 changes 2hr 57m

Amsterdam to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $32.43

Avg 0 changes 3hr 45m

Cologne to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $22.45

Avg 0 changes 1hr

Munich to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $22.45

Avg 0 changes 3hr 9m

Vienna to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $33.05

Avg 0 changes 6hr 10m

Nuremberg to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $22.45

Avg 0 changes 1hr 59m

Stuttgart to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $21.83

Avg 0 changes 1hr 17m

Berlin to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $22.45

Avg 0 changes 3hr 39m

Heidelberg to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $22.45

Avg 0 changes 51m

Basel to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $23.70

Avg 0 changes 2hr 37m

Zurich to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $21.83

Avg 0 changes 3hr 52m

Salzburg to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $34.30

Avg 0 changes 5hr 40m

Leipzig to Frankfurt am Main by train

from $34.30

Avg 0 changes 2hr 56m

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