The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Paris to Heidelberg is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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3 h 25 m
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|Distance||288 miles (465 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 25 min|
|Average train ticket price||$87 (€79)|
|Train frequency||10 a day|
|Train providers||Deutsche Bahn with connection, SNCF | TGV INOUI, SNCF | ICE or Deutsche Bahn|
Trains from Paris to Heidelberg cover the 288 miles (465 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 25 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn with connection, SNCF | TGV INOUI, SNCF | ICE or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $87 (€79), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $55 (€50). Travelers depart most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and arrive in Heidelberg Hbf.
You can travel by train from Paris to Heidelberg with Deutsche Bahn for as low as $55 (€50). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your train between Paris and Heidelberg. DB uses different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
Paris to Heidelberg train information with Deutsche Bahn:
Heidelberg is a scenic 4.5 hour train ride from Paris, with as many as 18 trains departing from Paris-Est train station on any given day. So, if you're looking to get out of Paris and enjoy the architectural delights of 14th century Germany and the picture-perfect Neckar River, there's a train seat to Heidelberg with your name on it.
There are, on average, 13 trains from Paris to Heidelberg per day, though there are no direct trains going straight through to Heidelberg - you'll usually have to board a connecting train from either Stuttgart, Mannheim, or Frankfurt. The first train from Paris to Heidelberg departs at around 6:40 a.m., while the last hour of departure for trains from Paris to Heidelberg is around 9:55 p.m.
With a distance of 288 miles to cover and a border to cross, the average journey of a train from Paris to Heidelberg is 4.5 hours long, though the fastest journey by train can be as quick as 3 hours and 21 minutes.
Departure station: Also known as Gare de l'Est, Paris-Est is one of the premier trains stations along Rail Europe, as it's easy to navigate, wheelchair accessible, and great to look at. There are a number of food outlets, drink kiosks, and even supermarkets to keep you nourished while you wait for your train. You can take bus lines 65, 46, and 38 from Paris city centre to get into the train station, or you can hop on subway lines 4, 5 or 7. Paris-Est is a quick 10-minute drive from downtown Paris.
Arrival station: Heidelberg Hbf is the primary railway station for the city of Heidelberg, and the first place you will touch down in on your train trip from Paris to Heidelberg. To get into Heidelberg city centre, you can take the S-Bahn S1, S2, S5, or S51, all of which will take you to, or near, the famous Heidelberg Castle.
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and TGV inOui operate trains servicing Paris to Heidelberg. Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express services trains every 40 minutes, while TGV inOui runs trains three to four times a day.
DB trains offer first- and second-class services. In first class, seating is automatically reserved, allowing you to enjoy a worry-free trip. You can also travel with small pets (under 10 kg) on Deustche Bahn trains for free, so long as your pet is contained in a closed carrier. You cannot bring a bike onto the train with you, though you are allowed to board with hand luggage and one larger item of luggage, which you can stow under your seat or on the luggage rack above.
TGV inOui also offers first- and second-class services, with the major difference being that a meal service is offered in first class, as well as plusher seats. Domestic pets are allowed on board the TGV, but do require carriers and an extra ticket for travel. Smaller pets (less than 6 kg) can be carried in a bag or basket at no extra cost. You can bring your bike aboard TGV trains, but you must book your bike space at the same time as you book your train ticket. You are allowed hand luggage, which may be stowed in luggage areas onboard the train, and there is onboard WiFi access on inOui trains, specifically.
DB Intercity and TGV inOui release tickets around three to six months in advance, with tickets cheaper the earlier you book. Therefore, if you already know the dates you want to travel, you will find that the cheapest way to buy train tickets is by booking early. Moreover, if you have the option of being flexible with your travel times, avoid booking during "peak hours" (6:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on weekdays), as train companies raise prices during these times. Also be sure to choose a slower or connecting train, as, though your trip might take a little longer, you will find cheaper fares. As a bonus, you'll be able to enjoy more of the scenic views from the window of your seat!
The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:
Travel between Paris, France and Heidelberg, Germany by train is: Unrestricted.
International entry status: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of France
Conditions of entry:
When traveling in Germany, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:
The information above was last checked on 11/6/22. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Heidelberg from Paris before traveling.
Return travel from Germany to France is: Unrestricted.
Entry into France is allowed for: Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
Requirements for reentering:
The government of France has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 11/6/22. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations closer to the travel date of your train to Paris from Heidelberg.
Some of the Paris train stations to Heidelberg you can start your journey from include Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de l'Est. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Heidelberg include Heidelberg Hbf, Heidelberg-Pfaffengrund/Wieblingen and Heidelberg-Altstadt.
When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Paris Gare de Lyon and arriving in Heidelberg Hbf.
You can find the most popular departure train station for this route, Paris Gare de Lyon, located approximately 1.7 miles (2.7 km) from the city center of Paris. The most popular arrival train station in Heidelberg, called Heidelberg Hbf, is located around 0.9 miles (1.4 km) away from its city center.
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