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- Paris - Frankfurt: 03:48
- Book up to 180 days in advance
- High Speed trains
5.5 milliontravellers in 2015
75+years of rail travel experience
France-Germany trains, ideal to visit popular destinations like Paris, Munich and Frankfurt.
Travellers in Europe looking to explore both France and Germany are well served by the high speed TGV and ICE trains. The trains hold the record for high speed train travel, clocking in at 574 km/h (357 mph). Passengers will find comfortable seats and friendly staff and a buffet car for snacks and drinks. Trains serve major cities in France and Germany so you can conveniently travel between Paris and Frankfurt, Paris and Munich and Marseille to Frankfurt.
Popular journeys and travel durations
The main routes between France and Germany include Paris, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Munich.
|Frankfurt||Aix En Provence Tgv||07:30||AU$ 74|
|Chalon Sur Saone||Frankfurt||04:57||AU$ 59|
Some cities have more than one major train station – Paris and Frankfurt are good examples. Once you know the correct station you can plan your onward travel without hassle.
Booking and printing optionsBooking :
- France-Germany tickets are open for booking 180 days ahead.
- Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
- Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.
Printing option(s) :
Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.
Print @ home
Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.
Print @ Station (from France)
Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.
Seat reservation :
- Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
- Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.
Experience the service
Passengers arriving on the TGV and ICE trains will find the main stations are right in the heart of their destinations. Make sure you have the correct station name before planning any onward travel.
Paris Gare de l’Est: A major station in Paris and the terminus for the TGV and ICE trains to and from Germany. The station is less than 1 km from Paris Gare du Nord where other high speed trains depart to London and northern Europe.
Munich Central Station (München Hauptbahnhof): One of the largest train stations in Germany. It also has a local ICE connection with the Munich-Pasing station.
Frankfurt Central Station (Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof): This is an integral station for European rail travel and has many onward connections including a local connection with Frankfurt Flughafen Airport.If you are boarding the train in France with a paper ticket make sure you need to validate it at the machine on the platform before getting on the train. If you are boarding the train in Germany, the validation of your ticket is done on board by railway officials. Travellers holding a first class ticket can benefit from access to the business lounge in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Mannheim, Strasbourg, Lyon and Marseille.
OnboardThe TGV and ICE trains have two classes to choose from. Both have comfortable reclining seats but First class passengers will benefit from in seat power, a welcome drink, reclining seats and access to the business lounges in certain stations.
|First class||Second class|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>|
|Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom. small>|
|Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip. small>|
|Subway tickets Tickets for Paris Metro are on sale on board, allowing to save time and avoid confusion. small>|
|Welcome drink Nothing more refreshing than being welcomed by a drink from the friendly staff. small>|
|Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat. small>|
|Business lounge at station Get the ultimate treat before any trip, or simply an ideal place to continue working. small>|
Interactive Rail Map
Q. What are the differences between a Single, Double, T2, T3, T4, and couchette on overnight trains?A. Sleeper accommodations vary according to amenities and the number of people occupying the compartment. The name or number advises how many beds are in each room. A couchette (pronounced "koo-SHET") is normally usually in 2nd Class. A couchette accommodates 6 passengers, male and female, and offers no amenities. Keep in mind that some compartments are gender specific unless the compartment is booked in full. For more information about sleepers please visit our how to book sleepers page.
- A. You can print your tickets from the convenience of your home or you can retrieve them from self-service machines in London St Pancras, Brussels Midi or Paris Nord station before boarding your Eurostar train.
Q. Is it possible to travel from Cologne to Brussels by ICE and back by Thalys with a German Rail Pass Extension coupon?A. You can only travel from Cologne to Brussels with ICE trains. The extension is not valid on the Thalys train. There are 4 daily ICE trains between Germany and Belgium.
- A. All passengers with an AVE ticket may carry up to two pieces of hand luggage, for which they will be responsible and which they must store in the designated areas. The total weight limit is 20 kg and the combined dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece of luggage must not be more than 250 cm.
- A. On all domestic routes in France and all international routes that depart from France. When traveling round trip on an international route you will need to print both tickets before you depart. For more detailed information on how to use a French self service kiosk review: How do I retrieve my e-tickets at French train stations?
- A. Check-in is usually open 30 minutes before AVE train leaves and is closed 2 minutes before departure. Also, bear in mind that ticket control and passport checks will occur before boarding AVE Trains. For travellers carrying Eurail Pass including Spain – just remember that you need to validate your pass prior to boarding AVE trains and get a reservation.
- A. Yes, you may travel as many times as you like before Midnight on a travel day.
- A. Eurostar offers 3 classes of service: 2 for 1st class and 1 for 2nd class. Business Premier which offers priority express check-in at the terminals, a dedicated ticket desk for check in, access to the Eurostar Executive lounges, spacious reclining seats with generous legroom, wifi access at the terminals, a dedicated coach for business travelers, complimentary newspapers, 3-course meal with refreshments at your seat. Leisure Select offers spacious reclining seats with generous legroom, complimentary newspapers, and 3-course meal with refreshments at your seat. Standard class (2nd class) offers generous legroom and access to a bar-buffet car where a selection of food and beverages are available for purchase.
- A. Our popular Swiss Card provides 1 roundtrip by rail from any Swiss airport or border to 1 single destination. It also includes a 50% discount on all Swiss railways, lake steamers, postal buses, and excursions to mountaintops.
- A. We are unable to ship tickets purchased on Raileurope outside of your country of residence. We recommend that you have all travel documents in hand before departing from your country of residence.
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Reviews & ratings France-Germany
Overall rating (167)
Overall appreciationExcellent 45% Very good 37% Average 13% Poor 3% Terrible 2%
- "All good." . 13/01/2017
Great on-board service. Train spot on time. Only problem is train platforms are not notified until 20 mins prior to departure. Was -2 and we couldn't board the train.
- "Loved It" Deane s. 07/01/2017
Definitely use train again. Value for money Convenience
- "Comfortable trip" Terry j. 01/11/2016
2nd class was quite adequate. Nice and comfortable. Only drawback was getting to the Paris NORD station was not terribly clear and took longer than expected Value for money Convenience
- "Good trip" Jane t. 28/10/2016
Great trip- train ran to schedule and was a comfortable. Plenty of room to store our suitcases. Value for money Convenience
- "Paris to Stuttgart" Sharna f. 18/10/2016
We travelled to Stuttgart with no issues, it was comfortable, clean and convenient. These trains are fast especially as we don't have fast trains in Australia. The only thing was we didn't have much time for our connecting train. Value for money Convenience
- "I’d use the trains again" Karen m. 17/10/2016
This was our first experience with using the trains to travel in Europe. Pleasantly surprised how easy it was to do so. Travelled 2nd class and it was comfortable, relaxing, convenient and fast. I'd definately do this again. Value for money Convenience
- "Relaxing Journey" Tiffany Lisanne p. 11/10/2016
My family and I enjoyed a very comfortable and relaxing train journey and would definitely travel this way again. Value for money Convenience
- "Paris - Stuttgart " . 28/09/2016
the train trip was great, however I was travelling through to Munich from Stuttgart and we only had 8 minutes to get from platform 3 to platform 15 - when you have luggage in tow and there are crowds of people to get through - this IS NOT easy. That said the train was very comfortable and clean and the journey pleasant.
- "No seat allocation" Nicholas c. 22/09/2016
Booking directly with rail companies allows the traveller to select seats. RailEurope do not provide this option and it's not possible to request seat allocation from the rail company after they have been booked by RailEurope. My partner suffers from motion sickness so this is an important consideration if we want to enjoy our holiday. Unfortunately we were facing backwards so we won't be taking this risk by booking with RailEurope in the future. Aix En Provence TGV is a fair way from Aix En Provence ville. Value for money Convenience
- "France-Germany" Robert c. 20/09/2016
As above, not all possibilities were offered on the Australian website. Thus were not able to get a train direct to Frankfurt Airport. However, we were impressed by the prompt couriering of tickets to our door (next day). Value for money Convenience
- "First class service " John o. 19/09/2016
Waiter came thru our carriage twice at start of trip then not again. When I was after lunch I had to go to food carriage. Not a big problem but maybe service should be at least hourly as a suggestion. This was down as a service but not very much of it. Have travelled in Japan on fast trains there service is excellent and both economy and first class Value for money Convenience
- "First time traveller satisfied" Konstantinos s. 15/09/2016
I was fully satisfied with the train trip and would recommend the company as it was both quick 284km top speed and comfortable. Value for money Convenience
- "Comfortable journey" April h. 12/09/2016
The journey was excellent in first class. I had a seat by myself which was great. The staff were very attentive and the seat itself was comfortable. Value for money Convenience
- "TGV" . 02/09/2016
Train on time
- "Easy Travel" Luke h. 05/08/2016
No easier way to get between two cities then high speed rail! Value for money Convenience