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  • Paris - Frankfurt: 03:48
  • Book up to 180 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High Speed trains

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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.

Paris Frankfurt 03:48 AU$62
Berlin Paris 11:01 AU$102
Munich Paris 06:06 AU$62
Frankfurt Avignon 07:07 AU$78
Frankfurt Lyon 05:55 AU$78
Frankfurt Marseille 07:45 AU$78
Cologne Paris 05:38 AU$62
Stuttgart Paris 03:40 AU$62
Dusseldorf Paris 06:33 AU$62
Frankfurt Aix En Provence Tgv 07:30 AU$78
Frankfurt Strasbourg 02:00 AU$30
Paris Mannheim 03:05 AU$62
Munich Strasbourg 03:42 AU$46
Karlsruhe Paris 03:02 AU$62
Mulhouse Frankfurt 03:03 AU$103
Augsburg Paris 05:38 AU$62
Paris Saarbrucken 01:45 AU$46
Duisburg Paris 06:46 AU$62
Kaiserslautern Paris 02:27 AU$46
Avignon Mannheim 06:39 AU$62
Paris Ulm 04:49 AU$112
Lyon Mannheim 05:24 AU$62
Marseille Mannheim 07:19 AU$62
Chalon Sur Saone Frankfurt 04:57 AU$62
Forbach Frankfurt 02:10 AU$46
Besançon Frankfurt 03:52 AU$46

Our tips

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 options

Booking :
  • 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) :

Paper ticket

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.

Printing guide

Print @ Station (from France)

Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

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.

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Before boarding

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.


The 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.
Classes and facilities offered by TGV France-Germany
First classSecond class
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.
Subway tickets Tickets for Paris Metro are on sale on board, allowing to save time and avoid confusion.
Welcome drink Nothing more refreshing than being welcomed by a drink from the friendly staff.
Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat.
Business lounge at station Get the ultimate treat before any trip, or simply an ideal place to continue working.

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  • "All good."    
    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"    
    Definitely use train again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable trip"    
    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"    
    Great trip- train ran to schedule and was a comfortable. Plenty of room to store our suitcases.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Stuttgart"    
    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"    
    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"    
    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 "    
    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"    
    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"    
    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 "    
    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"    
    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"    
    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"    
    Train on time  
  • "Easy Travel"    
    No easier way to get between two cities then high speed rail!    Value for money  Convenience
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