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Transfer Options from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg

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How to get from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg

Frankfurt Airport offers two means of transportation to the town of Heidelberg. The first option to make your way to Heidelberg is by taxi. Even though it is not the cheapest alternative, taking a Frankfurt airport taxi is quite common since it offers door to door service. Cab rides usually last about 45 minutes under normal traffic conditions, and the average price is 160€. The second and most frequent option is traveling by train. There are two types of train that will bring you to Heidelberg: the Intercity train (IC) and the Intercity-Express (ICE). The Intercity train ride lasts around 45 minutes and costs 23€, whereas the Intercity-Express lasts about 35 minutes and costs 29€.

Comparison of the options

Train €58 35min 16:42–00:28
Taxi €160 45min 24/7

How to get from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg by train

Frankfurt's train network is the prevailed mean of transportation method due to its availability, cost and reach. There are two trains that will take you to Heidelberg from Frankfurt Airport. The first is the Intercity (IC) train which costs 23€ and lasts 45 minutes, and the second is the Intercity-Express (ICE), which costs 29€ with a duration of 35 minutes. The waiting time for each train is 1 hour.

How much is the train from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg?

A regular one way ticket from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg with the Intercity costs 23€; and a regular one way ticket for the Intercity-Express costs 29€. Tickets can be purchased from the designated counters at the airport or online.



Trip Duration

35-45 Min.

Waiting time for the IC and ICE lines is 1 hour.

Value for Money

Operating hours: 4:42 AM - 12:28 AM

Where do I get it from?

The train station connecting Frankfurt airport to the city is located on level zero of Terminal 1. Clear signs throughout the airport can help travelers locate the train station.


The train is a very popular mean of transportation in Frankfurt, because it is extremely quick and its price is much lower than that of a cab ride. The trip to Heidelberg lasts 45 minutes with the intercity and 35 minutes with the express train. What is more, all carts are equipped with A/C, WiFi, and sufficient luggage space.

Editor’s Note

It is highly advised to keep an eye on your personal belongings at all times, since pickpockets are quite frequent on trains.

Useful Tips

Please note that on weekdays the first train departs at 4:42am, but on weekends the first train departs at 8:14am.
Booking your train ticket one month in advance can be cheaper, but if you miss your train, you will not be refunded.

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How to get from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg by taxi

Due to the large number of travelers, the taxi service at Frankfurt airport is available 24/7. The licensed taxi vehicles are cream or white colored in addition to the classic black and yellow taxi rooftop sign. The taxi ride to Heidelberg from the airport will cost around 160€ for a family sized vehicle. Under moderate traffic conditions the duration of this trip lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Taxi fare from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg

Taking a taxi from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg is rather expensive if you are traveling alone; on the other hand, if you are traveling with friends, the price can be split into 4, making it much more affordable. The price of this trip is 160€. Know that there is an initial charge of 2.80€.

The price may vary due to the amount and size of your luggage. The time of the year and national holidays have no effect on the price.


Although the taxi ride from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg is quite expensive and it is not the fastest travel method, it is the most comfortable mean of transportation, since it ensures a seat during the trip and most of all it is the most secure way to travel, especially if you are carrying personal belongings and/or luggage.

Editor’s Note

Be sure to carry cash on you because the taxis do not all have debit/credit card machines. The only accepted currency is Euros.

Useful Tips

Be sure to ask for receipt when you arrive at your destination since it will have the driver's phone number in case you forget personal items in the car.
Check that the taxi meter has be reset to the starting fare when you depart (be advised that there is an initial charge of 2.80€)

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg?

The average fixed taxi fare from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg is 160€. Factors, such as the time of the day and type of vehicle can further affect the taxi fares.

How much is a train ticket from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg?

Regular one-way train tickets cost 29€ for adults. Tickets can be purchased online, through ticket machines and from the ticket stands inside the airport.

How far is it from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg?

The total distance from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg is 76 km. The total trip with a car usually takes around 45 minutes.

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