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Basic information

  • Area: 248.31 km² (95.87 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +49
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 651,899
  • Official language: German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Frankfurt - Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Frankfurt is served by Frankfurt Am Main Airport which is located around 12 km south west of the city centre. As a major aviation hub in Germany the airport operates flights to many major International destinations. There are a number of transport links between the airport and downtown Frankfurt, including taxis, trains and buses. Taxis can be hailed from outside the Arrivals Terminal, but be sure to use only official vehicles. The journey takes around 25 minutes depending on traffic and costs €25. The airport offers an extensive bus service from out the front of Arrivals running frequent services between the airport, railway station and city centre. The fare is usually around €2 and the journey to downtown takes around 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from kiosks or when boarding the bus. The airport also operates a frequent S-Bahn train service that runs every 15 minutes with tickets costing around €4.

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Bus/Tram

Frankfurt has an extensive fleet of buses and trams that traverse the city and surrounding suburbs. Tickets must be purchased and validated prior to boarding from vending machines on the tram way or at stops. It is possible to buy direct from the driver, but is often more expensive. Visitors should consider buying a Frankfurt Card that allows unlimited travel on public transport over a selected time period. Long distance buses arrive and depart from the south side of the Hauptbanhhof, with services to many regional and International destinations. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal building or via contacting the bus company (Eurolines) directly.

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Car rental

A number of well known car hire companies have booths inside of the airport terminal and downtown city centre. Booking in advance is recommended to secure the best deal and ensure availability; cheaper rates can usually be negotiated for longer term rental. Frankfurt enjoys well maintained roads and motorways with plenty of accessible parking, just be aware that the one way road system in the city centre can be tricky to navigate, so parking just outside and proceeding on foot or via public transport is the best option.

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Metro

Frankfurt’s metro or U-Bahn system with its comprehensive network and reliable service is a great way of getting around the city. Numerous lines connect 85 stations throughout the city centre, with trains running every few minutes. Operating from 5.30am through to 1am the U-Bahn system is by far the most convenient mode of transport, but be aware it can get busy during rush hour. Tickets can be bought from manned booths on the station concourse, or from automatic kiosks. Be sure to validate your ticket before boarding.

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Taxi

Frankfurt’s main station or Hauptbhanhof is located west of the centre and is one of the busiest in Germany. The station operates direct daily express services run to most major cities inside the country and a number of international destinations. Tickets can be purchased via rail operators or at the station. Rail travel cards are also available that allow visitors to travel around Germany using unlimited numbers of trains for a set time period and provide a significant saving on fares.

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Train

Frankfurt’s main station or Hauptbhanhof is located west of the centre and is one of the busiest in Germany. The station operates direct daily express services run to most major cities inside the country and a number of international destinations. Tickets can be purchased via rail operators or at the station. Rail travel cards are also available that allow visitors to travel around Germany using unlimited numbers of trains for a set time period and provide a significant saving on fares.

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