France-Germany trains, ideal to visit popular destinations like Paris, Munich and Frankfurt.

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France-Germany network

France-Germany is actually the route which is served by the high speed trains. Thus both the French TGV and the German ICE trains operate on the France Germany route. The high speed trains departs from main cities in France, including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Strasbourg to reach major cities in Germany, including Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart etc. Watching the passing landscape from the comfort of your seat, will offer you a pleasant experience on board. This route has the particularity to have hosted the record breaking high speed train – 574 km/h (357 mph).

Popular journeys and travel durations

Popular journeys and travel durations
JourneyTravel time
Paris - Frankfurt3h 49
Paris - Stuttgart3h 39
Paris - Karlsruhe3h 00
Mannheim - Paris3h 10
Munich - Paris6h 08
Stuttgart - Strasbourg1h 24
Frankfurt - Marseille7h44

Frankfurt Paris 03:49 € 39
Berlin Paris 11:01 € 64
Paris Munich 06:02 € 59
Frankfurt Avignon 07:07 € 49
Lyon Frankfurt 06:04 € 39
Paris Cologne 05:53 € 39
Marseille Frankfurt 07:59 € 39
Paris Stuttgart 03:39 € 39
Paris Dusseldorf 06:13 € 39
Aix En Provence Tgv Frankfurt 07:45 € 39
Strasbourg Frankfurt 02:03 € 29
Paris Mannheim 03:05 € 39
Strasbourg Munich 03:40 € 55
Karlsruhe Paris 03:02 € 39
Frankfurt Mulhouse 03:03 € 36
Paris Saarbrucken 01:45 € 29
Paris Kaiserslautern 02:23 € 29
Mannheim Avignon 06:28 € 49
Duisburg Paris 06:46 € 39
Ulm Paris 04:52 € 39
Paris Augsburg 05:35 € 72
Mannheim Lyon 05:16 € 49
Mannheim Marseille 07:06 € 59
Frankfurt Chalon Sur Saone 04:54 € 58
Frankfurt Forbach 02:08 € 29
Besançon Frankfurt 03:52 € 29

Booking & Ticket delivery

Booking :
  • France-Germany tickets are open for booking 90 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.

Ticket delivery option(s) :

Paper ticketReceive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.
Print @ homePrint 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.

Experience the service

Before you board

Main stations for the Paris to Germany train are located in the city centres. Travellers using ICE and TGV trains will depart or arrive at the main railways stations below:

  • Paris Gare de l’Est. One of the main train stations in Paris and is the terminus for TGV and ICE trains from/to Germany. The station is less than 1 km away from Paris Gare du Nord where trains depart to UK and northern Europe.
  • Munich Central Station (München Hauptbahnhof). One of the largest in Germany and located in the city centre. It has a local ICE connection with the Munich-Pasing station.
  • Frankfurt Central Station (Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof). The most important in Europe. Frankfurt Central Station has a local connection with Frankfurt Flughafen Airport which houses a railway station.
Travellers with a 1st class ticket have access to the business lounge in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Mannheim, Strasbourg, Lyon and Marseille.


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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  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Spanish day trains ?
  • Q. Is it possible to travel from Cologne to Brussels by ICE and back by Thalys with a German Rail Pass Extension coupon?
  • Q. How can I validate my Swiss pass?
  • Q. Are there student discounts?
  • Q. What types of sleeping accommodations are available on overnight trains?
  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the TGV (All high speed trains in France)?
  • Q. Is there a catering service on TGV trains?
  • Q. Do I need to purchase the Rail Protection Plan from Rail Europe ?
  • Q. Do I need to book my ICE train ticket?
  • Q. Does a 1st Class ticket guarantee you a seat on the train?

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    Reviews & ratings

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    "Trip to Kaiserslautern"

      Sarastuckey m. 
    I booked my reservation on line from the US and found it very easy to do. Once I arrived in Paris by plane, I went to the train station and made sure I had the right paper work and what to do on travel day. The information was excellent at the station and made the day of departure very easy. I travel in second class and could not have been more pleased. The seats are very comfortable and the ride excellent. Wish we had this in the US. A two and half ride by train and a six hour drive by car. I am 70 years old and lived in Germany 1969-1971 and went back to visit with a family that my husband and I lived with when in was stationed there for two years. A wonderful experience!!!    Value for money  Convenience


      Eufrepes p.  20/10/2014
    Departure is quite tricky that it's time is very brief, less than 30 minutes. Very good in Karlsruhe, the departure area is in the platform itself while in Paris, quite grueling when 2 departing trains are on the same track that departing passengers has to run almost to reach the coach. Anyway, a very good experience for us novice tourist in the area.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Great experience"

      Chirag j.  20/10/2014
    The train was nice    Value for money  Convenience


      Chinmaya c.  20/10/2014
    Great services    Value for money  Convenience

    "Nice trip"

      Suzan s.  19/10/2014
    Great train but it had a lot of stops. The price is a bit high.    Value for money  Convenience


      Melih c.  13/10/2014
    everything was great    Value for money  Convenience

    "great experience"

      Fernando c.  05/10/2014
    very good speed, excellent service    Value for money  Convenience

    "Maiden SNCF Experience"

      Jagdish h.  02/10/2014
    Normally, one is quite anxious undertaking a train journey in a developed country as it is technologically advanced. But in this case it was a comfortable experience to locate, board, dine and travel from Paris to Frankfurt. The journey was safe, on time without any delays and disruptions. I shall definitely recommend using this service to all my colleagues and associates.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Great experience!"

      Ralph c.  29/09/2014
    Our train was clean, fast and within 10 minutes of being on time despite having connection issues with other passengers! A great travel experience.    Value for money  Convenience

    "convenient booking"

      I-min l.  25/09/2014
    Booking TGV on Rail Europe is quite convenient.    Value for money  Convenience

    "A wonderful experience"

      Ricardo l.  24/09/2014
    The train from Paris to Germany departed on time. The ride was very quiet. It only made 2 or 3 quick stops. This train is really fast. It goes over 300 Km/hr. It could not be better.    Value for money  Convenience

    "journey Frankfurt to Paris"

      Faisal c.  23/09/2014
    Frankly speaking, i am frequent traveller for different journey    Value for money  Convenience

    "its the coolest way to travel"

      Christian Rey s.  21/09/2014
    the train is just amazing, comfy and efficient. l love the experience.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Very easy trip"

      Chaney k.  17/09/2014
    Everything went smoothly, the train was comfortable and the meal was very nice. Would travel this way again.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Smooth and comfortable"

      Frank k.  17/09/2014
    The ride was smooth and comfortable. When we travelled we got a 4 seat with a table. Since we there were several seats available we got it for ourself. The reason i dont give full stars is because if the train had been fully booked, it would not have been that comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience

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