- Paris - Frankfurt: 03:48
- Book up to 120 days in advance
- High speed trains
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$ 77|
|Chalon Sur Saone||Frankfurt||04:57||AU$ 61|
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 120 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
Before you board
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
- A. 1st Class seats often recline, there are fewer seats per car, and there is more space for luggage. On some high-speed trains, the price of a 1st Class ticket includes a meal. 1st class is generally quieter with more business and adult passengers. 2nd Class accommodations are less expensive, but not as spacious, as there are more seats per car. For trips over 2 hours we recommend that you book 1st class.
Q. There is also a train connection from Munich to Prague, can I use these trains to travel to Prague with the coupon?A. No, the German Rail Pass Extension is only valid on the DB Expressbus between Munich/Nuremberg and Prague.
Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Thalys (Paris to Brussels and Amsterdam)?A. First class on the Thalys offers large comfortable reclining seats and drinks and a light snack served at your seat. Second class on the Thalys offers generous legroom and a selection of drinks and snacks at your seat that are available for purchase.
Q. When I select the box that says I have a pass I am not receiving any schedules, but when I do not select the box that says I have a pass I receive schedules. Why can't I book a reservation with a Pass?A. The train you are requesting does not offer reservations. Please note the train time for your travel information. To board this train you will need your pass and can take any available seat.
- A. Yes, you may travel as many times are you like between countries that are on your pass.
- A. Yes, non-smoking cars are available on all trains. Most high- speed trains are now completely non-smoking and all reservations are requested in non-smoking coaches when both options are available. There is no smoking on all trains in France, Italy, Norway, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Switzerland.
- A. TGV trains offer high-speed train services connecting the major cities of France. Paris is 58 minutes from Lille, and Bordeaux is just under 3 hours from the French capital. Travel time between Paris and Marseille is 3 hours. And if you want to get to Strasbourg, it will take you only 2 hours and 20 minutes from Paris by TGV.
- A. Bookings for a Frecciarossa trains can be made up to 4 months before you depart.
- A. Yes, depending on the country you are traveling in. Generally there are local trains that travel the same route as high-speed trains, however they generally take much longer to travel the same route. You will need to weigh the cost of a reservation compared with the time it will take to travel the same route. Example: Lyon to Marseille is generally about 1 hour 45 minutes on the TGV. A local train for this same route would be about 3 and half hours.
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Reviews & ratings France-Germany
Overall rating (167)
Overall appreciationExcellent 45% Very good 37% Average 13% Poor 3% Terrible 2%
- "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
- "why dont you have free wifi" Ivanka g. 25/07/2016
I bought a first class ticket and was shocked to see no wifi on board.. It was a terribly long and boring 4 hours without wifi. I prefer travelling with Thalys trains as they have wifi. Value for money Convenience
- "Ticked all the boxes!" Lorraine o. 22/07/2016
Had a great trip. Clean, efficient transport got me to Frankfurt in a few hours from Paris. Value for money Convenience
- "Trouble free trip" Rodney m. 21/07/2016
When booking online alternative choices could be offered ie. Earlier or later services that you could use. Value for money Convenience
- "Great trip!" . 12/07/2016
Great trip! No problems!
- "Pleasant apart from the food" Terence h. 11/07/2016
A very pleasant trip - the only negative was the poor service and variety of food in the buffet carriage. Value for money Convenience
- "An excellent trip" . 06/07/2016
The trip went smoothly and efficiently. We had been able to upgrade to first class for a low fee, so that was a bonus. With the set-up on the platform it was easy to find our carriage. Comfort was excellent. The only downside was that the restaurant car ran out of the food we wanted; we should have waited till the restock. After the fiasco we experienced on a train from Prague to Dresden where they dropped 2 carriages, ours included, when we had booked and paid for seats, this trip on the TGV was superb.
- "Almost Hassle Free" . 28/06/2016
We had booked in advance. Movement through the stations was hassle free and the trains moved on time. As an international traveller with a number of bags one is always concerned that enough time is made available to get luggage on board and off at both the departing and arrival stations. Perhaps more information could be provided to these travellers (in English) en route to ensure they do have time and that they will not be separated from their luggage. Also, there was limited availability for suitcase storage due to volume of travellers.