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There are 6 ways to get from Heidelberg Station to Metz by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 55m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Forbach Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Forbach to Metz Ville Ter / ...

€43 - €115

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Bus  •  4h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Mannheim, ZOB Heinrich von Stephan Str. 6 to Metz, gare rout. RegioJet / ...

€11 - €18

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Train via Kaiserslautern  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Kaiserslautern Hbf Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Kaiserslautern Hbf to Saarbruecken Hbf Re / ...
  3. Take the train from Forbach to Metz Ville Ter / ...

€37 - €123

Train, bus  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Kaiserslautern Hbf 38120 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kaiserslautern central train station to Metz 090 / ...

€23 - €31

Drive  •  1h 57m

  1. Drive from Heidelberg Station to Metz 223.2 km

€25 - €40

Train, fly  •  4h 48m

  1. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Luxembourg (LUX) FRA - LUX
  3. Take the train from Luxembourg to Metz Ville

€33 - €259

Heidelberg Station to Metz by train

The train journey time between Heidelberg Station and Metz is around 4h 14m and covers a distance of around 225 km. The fastest train normally takes 3h 7m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Regional, Deutsche Bahn Intercity, Abellio and others, the Heidelberg Station to Metz train service departs from Heidelberg Hbf and arrives in Metz Ville. Typically 13 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
4h 14m
Fastest train time:
3h 7m
Train distance:
225 km
Trains per week:
13
Cheapest price:
€45
Carbon emissions:
11 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:17
Last train departs at:
19:13

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Heidelberg Station to Metz train schedules

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering France from Germany.

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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 metre
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Metz is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Metz is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Metz is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 130 000.

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The cheapest way to get from Heidelberg Station to Metz is to bus which costs €10 - €19 and takes 4h 5m.

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The fastest way to get from Heidelberg Station to Metz is to drive which takes 1h 57m and costs €25 - €40.

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No, there is no direct bus from Heidelberg Station station to Metz. However, there are services departing from Heidelberg central train station and arriving at Metz, gare rout. via Mannheim, ZOB Heinrich von Stephan Str. 6. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Heidelberg Station to Metz. However, there are services departing from Heidelberg Hbf and arriving at Metz Ville via Mannheim Hbf and Forbach. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 55m.

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The distance between Heidelberg Station and Metz is 184 km. The road distance is 223.2 km.

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The best way to get from Heidelberg Station to Metz without a car is to train which takes 3h 55m and costs €40 - €120.

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It takes approximately 3h 55m to get from Heidelberg Station to Metz, including transfers.

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Heidelberg Station to Metz bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Mannheim, ZOB Heinrich von Stephan Str. 6 station.

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Heidelberg Station to Metz train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Mannheim Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Heidelberg Station to Metz is to train which takes 3h 55m and costs €40 - €120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €10 - €19 and takes 4h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Heidelberg Station to Metz.
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  • Distance: 184.4 km
  • Duration: 3h 55m

What companies run services between Heidelberg Station, Germany and Metz, France?

You can take a train from Heidelberg Station to Metz via Mannheim Hbf and Forbach in around 3h 55m. Alternatively, RegioJet operates a bus from Mannheim, ZOB Heinrich von Stephan Str. 6 to Metz, gare rout. 5 times a week. Tickets cost €6 - €10 and the journey takes 2h 45m. Blablabus also services this route 4 times a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €390
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 Mannheim Hbf to Forbach
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Kaiserslautern Hbf to Saarbruecken Hbf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€20 - €28
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€21 - €29
Website
Deutsche Bahn
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Forbach
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€35 - €45
1st Class
€30 - €40
Train from Kaiserslautern Hbf to Saarbruecken Hbf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€21 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€27 - €32
1st Class
€21 - €25
Train from Luxembourg to Metz Ville
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€20 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€27 - €31
1st Class
€20 - €24
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Forbach to Metz Ville
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€25 - €45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Forbach to Metz Ville
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €25
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€10 - €15
Rail 1st Class
€17 - €25
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 Forbach to Metz Ville
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€11 - €17
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Kaiserslautern Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€13 - €19
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Kaiserslautern Hbf to Saarbruecken Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
DB Bus
Website
bahn.com
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Kaiserslautern, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
DB Bus
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Kaiserslautern Hbf to Saarbruecken Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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 Kaiserslautern Hbf to Saarbruecken Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€13 - €18
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 Kaiserslautern Hbf to Saarbruecken Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€15 - €22
Website
Railjet
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Mannheim, ZOB Heinrich von Stephan Str. 6 to Metz, gare rout.
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
RegioJet
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Mannheim to Metz
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Blablabus
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Kaiserslautern central train station to Metz
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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