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There are 11 ways to get from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main by train, bus, bus and ferry, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 59m

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice

70€ - 100€

Cheapest option

Bus and ferry  •  7h 22m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main

15€ - 21€

9 alternative options

Train via Cologne  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the train from Brux.-/ Brus-Centr. to Eupen Ic
  2. Take the train from Aachen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz Re / ...
  3. Take the train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

34€ - 111€

Bus  •  6h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Brussels-North train station to Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str. K1959

21€ - 26€

Night train  •  5h 32m

  1. Take the night train from Bruxelles-Nord to Frankfurt(Main)Sued Nj

35€ - 45€

Rideshare  •  4h 50m

  1. Take the rideshare from Brussels to Frankfurt 400.5 km

25€

Drive  •  3h 37m

  1. Drive from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main 401.6 km

40€ - 65€

Fly from Brussels  •  3h 35m

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Frankfurt (FRA) BRU - FRA

67€ - 264€

Train to Luxembourg, fly  •  5h 40m

  1. Take the train from Brux./Brus.-Luxemb. to Luxembourg
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Frankfurt (FRA) LUX - FRA

100€ - 325€

Train, train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  4h 54m

  1. Take the train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf
  2. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  3. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA

158€ - 399€

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly  •  5h 1m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Frankfurt (FRA) AMS - FRA

119€ - 323€

Brussels to Frankfurt am Main by train

The train journey time between Brussels and Frankfurt am Main is around 3h and covers a distance of around 396 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 59m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, the Brussels to Frankfurt am Main train service departs from Bruxelles-Nord and arrives in Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Typically 21 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Brussels to Frankfurt am Main train schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Frankfurt am Main is 116 117.

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The cheapest way to get from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main is to bus and ferry which costs 15€ - 21€ and takes 7h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main is to train which costs 70€ - 100€ and takes 2h 59m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Brussels-North train station station and arriving at Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str.. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bruxelles-Nord and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 59m.

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The distance between Brussels and Frankfurt am Main is 317 km. The road distance is 401.6 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main without a car is to train which takes 2h 59m and costs 70€ - 100€.

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The train from Bruxelles-Nord to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 2h 59m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Brussels to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Brussels-North train station.

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Brussels to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Bruxelles-Nord station.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main is to train which takes 2h 59m and costs 70€ - 100€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 21€ - 26€ and takes 6h 30m, you could also fly, which costs 65€ - 270€ and takes 3h 35m.

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  • Distance: 317.4 km
  • Duration: 2h 59m

What companies run services between Brussels, Belgium and Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Bruxelles-Nord to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf every 4 hours. Tickets cost 70€ - 100€ and the journey takes 2h 59m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Brussels-North train station to Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str. once daily. Tickets cost 21€ - 26€ and the journey takes 6h 30m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 490€
Flights from Luxembourg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 350€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 310€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 430€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 490€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 300€
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
70€ - 100€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bruxelles-Nord to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brux.-/ Brus-Centr. to Eupen
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
13€ - 20€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
13€ - 20€
1st Class
21€ - 30€
Train from Brux./Brus.-Luxemb. to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 28€
Website
Belgian Railways
Book at
Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 28€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Aachen Hbf to Koeln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Aachen Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 45€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
19€ - 27€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Bruxelles-Nord to Frankfurt(Main)Sued
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
Nightjet
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Thalys
Standard
60€ - 85€
Comfort
70€ - 95€
Premium
85€ - 120€
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels-North train station to Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str.
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
21€ - 26€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Brussels to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
25€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Brussels Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Brussels to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str. station.

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Brussels to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels to Frankfurt am Main is 402 km. It takes approximately 3h 37m to drive from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main.

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Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa offer flights from Brussels Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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There are 1069+ hotels available in Frankfurt am Main. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Brussels and Frankfurt am Main. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Brussels Airport is to train which takes 12 min and costs 8€ - 10€.

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