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Train via Mannheim Hbf  •  50 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf 38241 / ...

€15 - €74

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Bus  •  1h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg central train station 012 / ...

€7 - €9

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Train  •  52 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Heidelberg Hbf Ice

€23 - €35

Train, tram  •  1h 29m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the tram from Mannheim, Hauptbahnhof to Heidelberg, Seegarten Rnv 5

€17 - €36

Drive  •  43 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg 82.4 km

€9 - €14

Towncar  •  43 min

  1. Take a town car from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg 82.4 km

Shuttle  •  2h 40m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg Lufthansa Express Shuttle

€24

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg by train

The train journey time between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Heidelberg is around 59 min and covers a distance of around 89 km. The fastest train normally takes 51 min. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Dutch Railways (NS), Railjet and others, the Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg train service departs from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and arrives in Heidelberg Hbf. Typically 199 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
59 min
Fastest train time:
51 min
Train distance:
89 km
Trains per week:
199
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
4 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
00:27
Last train departs at:
23:23

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg train schedules

Trains departing Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) → Heidelberg
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg is to bus which costs €7 - €9 and takes 1h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg is to drive which costs €9 - €14 and takes 43 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt Airport and arriving at Heidelberg central train station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and arriving at Heidelberg Hbf. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 52 min.

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It is 72 km from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg. It is approximately 82.4 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg without a car is to train via Mannheim Hbf which takes 50 min and costs €14 - €75.

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It takes approximately 50 min to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg, including transfers.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Frankfurt Airport station.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg is to train via Mannheim Hbf which takes 50 min and costs €14 - €75. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €7 - €9 and takes 1h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg.
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  • Distance: 72.1 km
  • Duration: 50 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany and Heidelberg, Germany?

You can take a train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg via Mannheim Hbf in around 50 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg central train station every 4 hours. Tickets cost €7 - €9 and the journey takes 1h 5m.

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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€21 - €29
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €18
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€11 - €27
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€11 - €16
1st Class
€19 - €27
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€15 - €22
Website
Railjet
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 Mannheim Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€3 - €6
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Mannheim Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
DB Bus
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
DB Bus
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
RNV Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH
Phone
+42 621 465 4444
Email
info@rnv-online.de
Website
rnv-online.de
Tram from Mannheim, Hauptbahnhof to Heidelberg, Seegarten
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€5 - €7
Website
RNV Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH
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 Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg central train station
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€7 - €9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Lufthansa Express Bus
Phone
+49 (0)89-32304-0
Email
info@airportbus-muenchen.de
Website
airportbus-muenchen.de
Shuttle from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€24
Website
Lufthansa Express Bus
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Heidelberg central train station.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Regional, arrive at Heidelberg Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg is 82 km. It takes approximately 43 min to drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Heidelberg.

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