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- 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.
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
|Paris - Frankfurt||3h 49|
|Paris - Stuttgart||3h 39|
|Paris - Karlsruhe||3h 00|
|Mannheim - Paris||3h 10|
|Munich - Paris||6h 08|
|Stuttgart - Strasbourg||1h 24|
|Frankfurt - Marseille||7h44|
|Frankfurt||Aix En Provence Tgv||07:30||€ 49|
|Chalon Sur Saone||Frankfurt||04:57||€ 39|
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
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.
|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. Yes, you may travel as many times are you like between countries that are on your pass.
- A. Located in the middle of the train (carriage 4 or 14), TGV Lyria bar provides a service for tasty snacks and meals: sandwiches, hot/cold local dishes, salads, children’s menu, hot and cold drinks, treats are available to eat at the bar or take away. In First class, you can also enjoy the convenience of Lyriapremière service at seat.
- A. - Business class offers the highest class of service in trains. It will include 1st seats, meals , access to lounges, and no restrictions on being exchanged. Flexi First class offers on day train 1st class seat , and are the most exchangeable. Night trains will offer first class couchette (shared sleeping) or sleepers and are exchangeable. Meal service may be available for purchase. Best Price First class day trains will also offer 1st class seats with lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions. Meal service may be available for purchase. Night trains will offer first class couchette or sleepers and lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions. Flexi Second day trains will offer 2nd class seats that are exchangeable. Night trains offer lower comfort couchette (shared sleeping) or sleepers and are exchangeable. Best Price Second day trains will offer 2nd class seats with lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions. Night trains offer lower comfort couchette (shared sleeping) or sleepers with lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions. Super Saver class is available on night train only and will offer reclingin seats with with lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions.
- A. Your Eurail Italy pass must be validated at a ticket window at a larger train station in Italy only. A railway official will fill in the first and last day of validity and your passport number, and will stamp your Eurail Italy pass, so that it is valid for travel.
- 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. You can print your Thalys ticket directly from your printer at home or retrieve it from the self-service machines available in FRANCE ONLY before boarding your Thalys train.
- 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. Discounted Senior rates for travelers 60 and older are available on the following passes: Balkan Flexipass-1st class BritRail Consecutive and Flexipass 1st class, BritRail England Consecutive and Flexipass 1st Class France Rail Pass, 1st Class Eurail Ireland Pass - 2nd Class Eurail Romania Pass - 1st class
- A. Austria, Benelux (includes Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland), Bulgaria/Serbia/Montenegro, Czech Republic, Croatia/Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
- A. Train stations in Europe are very accessible and easy to find. Although the physical train station addresses are generally not listed, the stations are centrally located within the city and accessible with the cities public transportation system or taxi. Check with hotel concierge to give you the best directions from your hotel. Taxi drivers know how to get your to your station fast and worry free.
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Reviews & ratings France-Germany
Overall rating (167)
Overall appreciationExcellent 45% Very good 37% Average 13% Poor 3% Terrible 2%
- "Use rail pass in a smart way" Chi Yan k. 15/07/2016
With a France and Germany rail pass, I could travel from Paris to Stuttgart cost 13 euros only since only reservation is necessary in ICE or TVG. The pass enable me save almost 100 euros if I purchase the ticket without a rail pass. Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent Way To Travel" Jennifer h. 12/07/2016
We were recently in Paris for a week and then headed out via train to Frankfurt. Paris has quite a few train stations, depending on which direction you are traveling. First of all the train station we left from (Gard de le Est) was so beautiful. Well kept, upscale stores and lots of eating options and places to sit down. Our train ride was problem free, extremely comfortable and a very pleasant experience. Buying the ticket ahead of time took the pressure off (we speak only a little French) and going by train is an excellent way to travel - everyone had a chance to relax and look out the window. It is probable we could have saved a bit of money by just going to the train station and buying a ticket ourselves, but ordering ahead of time on-line was so much easier and less stressful for us. The trains run on time, are clean and the ride is smooth. There were police men riding on the train and who, at the beginning of the ride, moved through each compartment just to check things out. Value for money Convenience
- "Smooth sailing" Ernst b. 05/07/2016
No problems at all. The journey was smooth and the ride enjoyable. Wifi on the train (1st class) is excellent and well suited to working. Unfortunately it broke halfway through and did not function again so don't leave critical work for the train. Value for money Convenience
- "comfort" . 03/07/2016
total journey was amazing and very convenience.
- "Booking process " Rahul s. 28/06/2016
1) Hi. When I booked my ticket through rail-Europe site, I mentioned my 12 year daughter as a "CHILD" and also entered her Date of Birth, as required in the booking process. Due to this I got a CHILD ticket for my daughter, which I later got to know was invalid. I think in Europe, a 12 years old is to be registered as a YOUTH rather than a CHILD. However, rail-Europe website should have the intelligence to automatically capture a 12 year old (as per the Date of Birth mentioned), as a YOUTH or should have prompted an alert so that I don't continue to book a 12 year old as a CHILD and get an invalid ticket. Mine was a non-refundable ticket and hence I lost that money as I had to book another ticket for my daughter. 2) Rail Europe should device a process to ensure that while boarding the train, the passengers do not have to criss-cross each other (with heavy luggage to carry) in the aisle trying to find their seat, which most of time is on the other end of the coach :-) 3) The Journey was amazing with the rail Europe site displaying the speed of the train at any given moment. However I was not able to login to the train WiFi as the instructions ware not clear. I was somehow only able to access the rail Europe app/site displaying the details of the current journey Value for money Convenience
- "Fantastic value for money" Sylvia s. 09/06/2016
I thought about flying, but then the rail trip was cheaper, faster and more convenient, it turned out to be a good choice. Speeding through the beautiful French countryside at 300 km per hour is not to be missed while sitting in a comfortable seat and reading a good book. Great start and end to a holiday, no rude airport security, no long waits for the flight, and the food in the Paris train stations was far better than anything in the airports, and cheaper too. Go for it, travel by rail! Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent trip" Bozhidar i. 05/06/2016
One of the greatest journeys I have ever had! The train was exceptionally comfortable, the seats were very spacious, The aisles were also wide enough so a person with luggage could move freely. The speed of the train is awe-inspiring, together with all the scenery seen from the windows. Definitely worth it! Value for money Convenience
- "First time... Impressed" Mark d. 02/06/2016
I took the TGV from Gare de L'Est to Mannheim and back in a day. It was my first experience of the TGV or Rail Europe. I would highly recommend it to anyone needing such travel. Comfortable, Efficient and decent value. Value for money Convenience
- "This is NOT a Ticket" Francois r. 27/05/2016
I was under the impression that tickets were booked and ready to go (as was stated in the email received from raileurope). However when we got on the train it turned out that through raileurope one can only reserve a seat and tickets then still has to be bought. Don't be fooled! Rather buy the tickets at the station. Value for money Convenience
- "Not recommended" Ahmed a. 27/05/2016
My booking was 1st class with meal but the refused to give me any meal the said you have to pay and the website is not updated. The seats not like the shownew in the website picture Value for money Convenience
- "Trip to paris" . 13/05/2016
The trip on the TGV from Stuttgart to Paris was fast and efficient. No hiccups . Only thing is price of 60 Euro was too steep
- "Convenient Value" Jonglak s. 05/05/2016
Clean, convenient but in travel book specify 2 x 1st Cl Book Early Accomodations Value for money Convenience
- "great comfort!" Zhorina i. 05/05/2016
first class is well worth the money spent. On board catering trolley is great, nothing negative about this trip. will definitely return Value for money Convenience
- "Repeated Journey" Ke Sin l. 03/05/2016
Everything is good and this is not the first time i travel with RailEurope. Thanks for make me so convenient in Europe and that's the reason i like free Value for money Convenience
- "Fast and convenient" Ah Sian h. 27/04/2016
It is a direct trip and the whole journey took only about 2 hours. We find it much more convenient than air flight. Value for money Convenience