- 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.
|Aix En Provence Tgv||Frankfurt||07:45||AU$ 61|
|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. Unfortunately, you cannot request a forward-facing seat. Trains generally pull into a station in one direction, and pull out in another direction and seat positions change, depending on the train.
- A. Many people take advantage of additional time they have in a city, then they board their overnight train. You depart from one city and arrive in your destination the next morning, refreshed and ready to start your day. It also saves you money that you may have spent on a hotel.
- A. The Eurail Italy Pass is the best choice if you want to spend your time exploring Italy. Eurail Italy pass is valid for one month, and the number of travel days available varies from 3 to 10 days.
- 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. Toilets are easily accessible on all the trains and are usually marked with the letters WC. Toilets can usually be found at the front or back of each train car (also known as a coach), and will include a sink, toilet and a locking door.
- A. You can book early a ticket for Italo up to 70 days in advance. The earlier you book, the more likely you will get the lowest price. Italo tickets are can be book up to 3 days before your travel date.
- A. Lyria trains offer two different classes of travel. In First class, a delicious cold at-seat meal is offered to you, no matter what time you travel. A large selection of Swiss, French, international magazines and newspapers are also available for your perusal. Onboard taxi booking service is also available from Monday to Friday. Comfortable seats will welcome you in Second class where you can also enjoy the convenience of a bar-buffet car.
- A. Train stations in Europe are very traveler friendly. Once arriving to the station there are large Departure and Arrival Boards located in the center of the most stations. Match the train number and departure time on your reservation / ticket to the train number listed on the departure board. Once you have found your train on the Departure Board, you will find a platform number where your train will be departing from. Upon arriving to your platform you will notice that each car (also known as a coach) number on the train is clearly indicated on the side of each coach. Check your reservation / ticket for your car/coach number. You notice the class of service will also be listed in addition to the car/coach number on the side of the train. Once onboard the train, you will find that similar to an airplane each seat is clearly labeled with a number. Match the seat number on your reservation / ticket number to seat number in the train car / coach. Train stations in Europe have international pictograms that are easy to understand and are used in international airports. These pictograms will assist you once you arrive to the station. If you still have difficulty in finding your train, the stations staff can always help point you in the right direction.
- A. A pass holder is a reduced fare that can be purchased in place of a ticket. It requires the use of 1 day on a rail pass and is generally required for high-speed trains.
- A. You can use your Swiss pass in the whole Swiss Travel System: in all trains, Postbuses, ships, buses and even trams.
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Reviews & ratings France-Germany
Overall rating (167)
Overall appreciationExcellent 45% Very good 37% Average 13% Poor 3% Terrible 2%
- "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
- "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!