Travelling by train from the Belgian capital to central Germany and beyond is wonderfully simple thanks to the comparatively frequent service of smart high speed ICE trains.
Frankfurt (Main) hbf is a very straightforward major station in which to change trains and connections are available there into a swathe of other destinations including Dresden, Leipzig, Linz, Munich, Nurnberg, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich.
Final Destination: Frankfurt (Main)
All trains also call at: Aachen; Koln/Cologne and Frankfurt Flughafen/Airport
Most of these ICE trains also call at: Bruxelles-Nord
7 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
Book 1st class ticket journey tickets on DB and your seat reservation is included - but they're optional when booking 2nd class tickets, or if you will be travelling with a 1st or 2nd class rail pass.
When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.
Use the ‘earlier trains’ and ‘later trains’ buttons to search for the cheapest ticket prices.
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.
It can also be worth comparing the prices across the agents, particularly if you want to take a specific trains, as there can be variations in price.
Though this is also a journey on which you can often save money (up to more than €20) if you're happy to change trains and avoid these direct services.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|Save A Train||from €29.90|
|Happy rail||from €29.90|
Aim to be at Bruxelles Midi/Zuid station a minimum of 15 - 20 mins before your train is due to depart.
You will usually have to pass through security checks before boarding these trains and queues can build up at busy times.
This train journey from Bruxelles to Frankfurt is usually a great showcase for 21st century European train travel.
The sleek ICE 3 trains give any journey a wow factor and on virtually all of this route they're either travelling on a custom-built high speed line, or on a conventional railway that has been re-engineered so that the trains can travel faster.
The fastest part of this trip comes between Seigburg/Bonn and Frankfurt Flughafen, when the train will travel at up to 285 km/h on Germany's fastest high speed line.
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