How to take a train from Salzburg to Frankfurt

Bern to Frankfurt (Main) by train

How to take the direct journey by train from the Swiss capital Frankfurt (Main)

These direct trains from Bern to Frankfurt (Main) can offer a swathe of straightforward connections on to other German cities without direct trains from Bern, including Dresden, Leipzig and Nurnberg



From Bern to Frankfurt (Main) by direct train

Travel Information

Final destination: Berlin or Hamburg

All trains also call at: Freiburg, Karlsruhe and Mannheim

3 x direct trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.

On the DB Bahn booking site look for journeys that have:

  • 0 in the Chg. column
  • ICE (and only ICE) in the Products column.
    These trains are typically scheduled to depart from Bern daily at 07:04, 11:04 and 16:04.

Seat Reservations:

Reservations are highly recommended for this journey; book a 1st class ticket and your seat will be assigned, but not if you book 2nd class - or will be travelling with a rail pass.

Alternative connections:

Every other hour during the ICE day trains depart Basel for Frankfurt (Main) so the most straightforward option for an end-to-end journey when the timings of the direct trains don't suit is to take one of the two trains per hour from Bern to Basel, in order to connect into these trains.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB *

DB Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.
Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Two types of ticket have recently been made available;

  1. Cheaper 'Young' tickets which can only be booked by those aged 15-26 on the travel date.
  2. Flexi Plus tickets, which are now the most expensive type of ticket, but they're the only type of 2nd class tickets which DO include a seat reservation.
Omio *

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Trainline *

Trainline Guide

Happy rail *

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Save A Train *

Save A Train Guide

Rail Europe *

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)

It is a journey of six distinct phases, with a dramatic beginning.

  1. Between Bern and Olten a fast straight railway has been constructed which allows trains to travel at 200 km/h, though some of the best views of the entire journey are just to the north of Bern station
  2. The most scenic part of the journey is between Olten and Liestal, though its fairy average journey by Swiss standards.
  3. The train will reverse direction on departure from Basel SBB station
  4. From the suburbs of Basel until Offenburg, the railway travels through a rolling landscape.
  5. Then from Offenburg to Karlsruhe to a high speed line has been constructed right beside the conventional route, which will be on the right.
  6. Between Karlrsruhe and Frankfurt (Main) and the train will race through a string of towns
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