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There are 7 ways to get from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, night bus, car, car ferry or car train

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Fly from Edinburgh  •  4h 45m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Frankfurt (FRA) EDI - FRA

€29 - €142

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Train to Glasgow, fly  •  6h 11m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Frankfurt (FRA) GLA - FRA

€45 - €210

Train  •  11h 24m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice

€230 - €895

Bus, bus and ferry  •  23h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Frankfurt am Main

€43 - €60

Night bus, bus  •  25h 40m

  1. Take the night bus from Edinburgh Bus Station to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Brussels, Gare du Midi
  3. Take the bus from Brussels South to Frankfurt central train station N84

€63 - €79

Drive, car ferry  •  22h 26m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Newcastle upon Tyne
  2. Take the car ferry from Newcastle upon Tyne to Amsterdam IJmuiden
  3. Drive from Amsterdam IJmuiden to Frankfurt am Main

€157 - €367

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  13h 48m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Frankfurt am Main

€295 - €365

Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main by train

The train journey time between Edinburgh and Frankfurt am Main is around 11h 59m and covers a distance of around 1398 km. The fastest train normally takes 10h 9m. Operated by LNER, Eurostar and Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, the Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main train service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
11h 59m
Fastest train time:
10h 9m
Train distance:
1398 km
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€230
Carbon emissions:
73 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:24
Last train departs at:
17:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main train schedules

United Kingdom → Germany
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International entry into Germany from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Germany, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Australia, China, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

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Conditions of entry into Germany from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
Greece: South Aegean

This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Cyprus, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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Rules to follow in Germany

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Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Germany from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Frankfurt am Main is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Frankfurt am Main is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Germany.

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Last updated: 26 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £35 - £55 and takes 23h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main is to fly which costs £24 - £130 and takes 4h 45m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Frankfurt am Main via London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23h 49m.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf via London St Pancras Eurostar and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 24m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Frankfurt am Main is 1023 km.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main without a car is to train which takes 11h 24m and costs £190 - £800.

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It takes approximately 4h 45m to get from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Edinburgh station.

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Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by LNER, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main is to fly which takes 4h 45m and costs £24 - £130. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £190 - £800 and takes 11h 24m.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main.
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  • Distance: 1023.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 45m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

Lufthansa, KLM and two other airlines fly from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main via London Kings Cross, London St Pancras Eurostar, and Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi in around 11h 24m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €350
Flights from Glasgow to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €360
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €310
Flights from Glasgow to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €280
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt via London City
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €280
Flights from Glasgow to Frankfurt via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
€150 - €320
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €290
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€12 - €35
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
€12 - €18
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€27 - €35
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €450
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
€60 - €85
Anytime Day Single
€200 - €280
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€310 - €450
Eurostar
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 Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€70 - €100
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€153
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Edinburgh to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€16 - €21
Website
National Express
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
13h 39m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€27 - €40
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
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
Night bus from Edinburgh Bus Station to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Brussels South to Frankfurt central train station
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€22 - €27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Brussels, Gare du Midi
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
RegioJet
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Newcastle upon Tyne to Amsterdam IJmuiden
Ave. Duration
15h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€80 - €250
Website
dfds.co.uk
4-bed inside cabin
€100 - €240
2-bed inside cabin
€80 - €250
2-bed sea view cabin
€120 - €240
4 berth commodore cabin
€240 - €320
3-bed Commodore De Luxe double bed
€300 - €380
Standard Car (extra fee)
€130

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Edinburgh to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Frankfurt am Main station.

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Frankfurt am Main is 1h ahead of Edinburgh. It is currently 4:26 PM in Edinburgh and 5:26 PM in Frankfurt am Main.

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

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Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France and KLM offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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There are 419+ hotels available in Frankfurt am Main. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs £1 - £6.

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