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There are 10 daily trains from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels. Traveling by train from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels usually takes around 6 hours and 2 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 3 hours and 14 minutes.
|Distance||197 mi (317 km)|
|Fastest train||3h 14m|
|Most frequent service||Deutsche Bahn|
Train service from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels
- DB Intercity-Express tickets: C$51 one-way
- Deutsche Bahn tickets: C$43 one-way
- Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company tickets: C$61 one-way
What is the price of a train ticket from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels?
In the last month, $104.16 was the average price of a train ticket from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 12 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $42.92 more than that for a same-day booking.
Monthly average prices
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$97 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$140 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.
Which train should you take from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels?
There are 3 train lines with service from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|DB Intercity-Express||2||3h 46m||$119.90|
|Deutsche Bahn||8||6h 39m||$120.13|
|Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company||3||9h 50m||$134.82|
DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels start from $51, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Brussels. DB Intercity-Express in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Central Train Station . And in Brussels trains arrive at Haren-Zuid/Haren-Sud and 2 other train stations.
From Frankfurt am Main to Brussels train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 3 hours and 46 minutes. If you are looking to get to Brussels faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 14 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Brussels.
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels start from $61, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Brussels. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Central Train Station and one other station. And in Brussels trains arrive at Haren-Zuid/Haren-Sud and 4 other train stations.
From Frankfurt am Main to Brussels train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 9 hours and 50 minutes. If you are looking to get to Brussels faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 14 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Brussels.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
Can you take a train all the way from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels?
How long is the train journey from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels?
The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Brussels is approximately 197 miles, or 317 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 14 minutes.
Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.
When are trains the most crowded?
On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Friday. Friday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Frankfurt am Main at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.
Is there a direct train from Frankfurt am Main to Brussels?
There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main.
Frankfurt am Main
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Frankfurt is Germany's financial hub, home to the European Central Bank. This riverside city offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions scattered between its financial institutions and shops.
Your first stop should be Old Town, along the river Main. Once the center of the city, the Old Town district is now the site of the Römer, or city hall, along a row of picturesque timber houses. Stop in Kleinmarkthalle, a bustling indoor market, to grab a sausage for a snack before wandering through some of Old Town's museums: Saalgasse, Dommuseum, and Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum MMK) will get you started. Two of Frankfurt's most prominent churches, St. Bartholomew Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church, are also in the area.
Food is always delightful in Frankfurt. Several Michelin-star restaurants will entice you, including Restaurant Lafleur, Restaurant Gustav, Restaurant Villa Merton, and Carmelo Greco. If you prefer more affordable dining and lively nightlife, head to the Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood near the city's train station.
The train station in Bahnhofsviertel serves national and international rail lines for Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, FlixTrain, vlexx, and Railjet. You can also reach Frankfurt easily on bus carriers like FlixBus and Sindbad. Plus, flying in and out of Frankfurt is a breeze, as the airport is one of the largest in Germany and the main hub for the Lufthansa airline.
The center of European activities, Brussels is a cosmopolitan hub that features many cultural elements, making it one of the top destinations for international travelers. Sitting at the heart of Brussels is the famous Grand-Place, a world heritage site that boasts many nearby Gothic and Baroque architectural marvels. During the holiday season, the square hosts the Winter Wonders light show, as well as a giant Christmas tree. If you enjoy museums, don’t miss out on the Musical Instruments Museum, which is housed in an Art Nouveau building. Featuring as many as 1,200 instruments from around the world, the museum is every music fan’s dream. If you want to go on a shopping spree while in Brussels, head for the Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, which is housed in a stunning Renaissance-style arcade.
Brussels is the home to many Michelin-starred restaurants, and its food scene is among the top-rated in the country. For those wishing to enjoy a contemporary twist on Belgian classics, head towards La Quincaillerie. If seafood is your go-to, Noordzee Mer du Nord will definitely satisfy your palate.
Brussels’ three main rail stations are Brussels-South, Brussels-Central, and Brussels-North, all of which are the busiest in the country. Gare du Midi, located in the Brussels-South station, is the main hub for bus travel in and out of Brussels. The city is served by several airports, the most prominent of which is the Brussels-National Airport, located 10 miles east of the city.
Where is the train station in Frankfurt am Main?
Main departure station: Central Train Station
Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Frankfurt Central Station) is a major transport hub in the city and the busiest station in the state of Hessen. It features the original 1888 Neo-Renaissance design and some newer neoclassical architecture, making it a unique and visually pleasing station. It's often referred to as the most important station in Germany due to its central location and large economic district. Trains here run internationally to stations in Zurich, Vienna, and Budapest in addition to cities across Germany such as Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich. The station has plenty of amenities, including luggage lockers, toilets and multiple bakeries, a bookshop and newsstand, a supermarket, and other shops.
All train stations in Frankfurt am Main:
Central Train Station
Central Train Station
Where is the train station in Brussels?
Main arrival station: Haren-Zuid/Haren-Sud
The Haren-South station, translated as Haren-Sud in French and Haren-Zuid in Dutch, is a small train station located in the Haren area of Brussels. The station is the destination of many bus routes to Brussels and some local trains, but it is not a very large stop. The train tracks are uncovered, and there are just small covered waiting areas on the outdoor platforms. The nearest amenities are a short walk away, at Haren's main intersection, where you can find a few cafes and convenience stores if needed. To connect to the center of Brussels, take the S2 train, a local train that arrives at Haren-South every 30 minutes.
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