Public transport in the city is expensive but efficient, consisting of an integrated network of fast, modern underground U-Bahn lines, S-Bahn city trains, trams and buses. The U-Bahn and buses operate between about 4am and 1am, and there are also several night bus routes. Fares are standard and are based on a zone system, with most tickets valid for an hour and used for any number of transfers between all modes of public transport within that time.
Tickets must be bought prior to boarding. The Frankfurt Card (available from the tourist office) is good value, allowing for unlimited travel within greater Frankfurt, plus airport shuttle transport and discounted admission to museums. Taxis are safe and plentiful, but expensive, while ride-sharing apps also operate in the city. Driving a car in the city involves rush hour congestion, expensive parking lots and confusing road systems, so it's best to park that idea and use public transport.
Frankfurt International Airport
The airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of the centre of Frankfurt.
Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
LocationThe airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of the centre of Frankfurt.
Getting to the city
Frankfurt Airport has trains from two railway stations: the long-distance railway station is at the AIRail Terminal; and there is a local railway station for S-Bahn, regional, and local trains in Terminal 1. Both railway stations are linked to Terminal 2. Buses leave regularly for Frankfurt and other destinations from outside Terminals 1 and 2; tickets can be bought from the bus driver. Various shuttles also operate from the airport, some run by airlines.
TimeGMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Car hire companies are represented in both terminals.
Taxis can be found outside either terminal and will take 20-30 minutes for the eight mile (13km) drive to the city centre. Taxis are metered.
Transfer between terminals
The two terminals are connected by the Sky Line people mover.
Frankfurt Airport is one of the best-equipped airports in the world. There are numerous restaurants, shops, bars and cafes in both terminals, and banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are in both Arrivals and Departures. A business centre offers internet, fax and secretarial facilities. Other facilities include a hairdresser, chapel and children's play areas.
Each terminal at Frankfurt International Airport has its own parking facility; 30 minutes costs between €2.50 and €5, and €15 per hour thereafter. Long-term parking starts from €29 per day and the more distant parking lots are connected to the terminals by free shuttle services.
Frankfurt Hahn Airport
75 miles (120km) from Frankfurt
Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN)
Location75 miles (120km) from Frankfurt
TimeGMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in April).
The Comfort lot (closest to the terminal) charges €2.50 per hour, €18 per day and €95 per week. The Quality lot is €2 per hour, €7 per day and €40 per week. The Smart lot is €2, €5.50 per day and €33 per week; while the Low-cost lot is €2 per hour, €3.50 per day or €24.50 per week. All lots are connected to the terminal via a free shuttle service.