Amsterdam to Frankfurt by train

How to travel by train from Amsterdam to Frankfurt (Main)

Make a direct journey from the Dutch capital to central Germany on a fabulous ICE train



From Amsterdam Centraal / Amsterdam CS to Frankfurt Main Hbf

Travel Information

Final Destination: Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

Connect for Dresden, Leipzig, Nurnberg, Munchen/Munich, Linz and Wien/Vienna

All trains also call at: Frankfurt Flughafen/Airport

Connect for Stuttgart, Ulm and Augsburg

Some trains also call at: Seigburg/Bonn

Monday to Saturday: 5 x trains per day
Sunday: 4 x trains
The usual first train of the day does not depart on Sundays

However, due to ongoing technical problems with the international type of ICE trains used on this route, many of the departures by ICE train are currently experiencing short notice cancellations.
This is also the reason why the train which typically departs for Frankfurt (Main) at around 12:30 is being terminated in Dusseldorf until Dec 9th; though it has a well timed connection in Dusseldorf with a train on to Koln and Frankfurt (Main).


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date

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

Look for journeys that have the corresponding journey time of between 3hr 50min - and 4hrs.

However, when there are works on the line, it's not unusual for these trains to take a different route between Amsterdam and Koln/Cologne, particularly at weekends; and when they do so, the journey time will be longer.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

Seat reservations:

Book 1st class tickets for this train journey from Amsterdam to Frankfurt (Main) and your seat reservation should be included with your booking; it definitely will be if you book with DB.

However, if you book a 2nd class ticket, or will be travelling with a 1st class or 2nd class InterRail or Eurail pass, then a seat reservation is an optional extra.
Meaning that available seats aren't guaranteed for the entire journey.
Though this is a route on which reservations are recommended, particularly after midday on Fridays and Sundays.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
NS Intl from €39

NS Intl Guide

NS is the Dutch national rail operator and it operates a bespoke website for the booking of international rail journeys from and to The Netherlands.
Therefore it offers tickets for journeys by:

  • Thalys trains to Bruxelles and Paris
  • IC trains to Berlin via Hannover and Bruxelles via Antwerpen
  • Eurostar to London
  • ICE trains to Basel and Frankfurt (Main) via Koln
  • the Nightjet trains to Austria and Germany

NS International also sells tickets to a range of destinations in Austria, Czechia, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland, which involve a change of train in Germany, along with the destinations in France, which can be accessed by making a connection in Bruxelles.

DB Bahn from €39

DB Bahn 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.

Trainline from €39

Trainline Guide

Happy rail from €39

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.

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

When construction work is being carried out on the usual railway lines that these trains take between Koln and Amsterdam, these trains are often diverted on to longer alternative routes between Germany and The Netherlands.

There are few scenic highlights on this trip, though you'll be travelling beside a canal between Amsterdam and Utrecht; it can be seen on the left when travelling in this direction.

But what makes this journey fascinating is the multiple towns that the train will pass through, there is an interest contrast between the Dutch and German cityscapes

What gives the journey the wow factor is when the train travels on Germany's fastest high speed line
between Seigburg/Bonn and Frankfurt Flughafen.

Though the train will only be travelling at more than 280 km/h for around 50 mins of this journey; between Amsterdam and Seigburg/Bonn the train won't be travelling exceptionally fast.

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