Frankfurt to Berlin by train or by plane?
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Mar 8, 2010 6:36 AM Last Post By: tony_b
Mar 7, 2010 10:58 PM
15Why don't you contact AA and try to tag an extra Frankfurt-Berlin flight (leaving from the "real" Frankfurt) onto your intercontinental flight? If that fails, take the train. It's IMO pointless to wait half a day and travel 100km+ to get to "Frankfurt" Hahn to catch a connecting Ryanair flight. Also keep in mind that whereas AA will happily accept your suitcase for check-in without extra charges, Ryanair will make you pay for it. Always check the total price of using Ryanair, including the bus journey from FRA airport, before you commit yourself.
Trains are a great way to travel around Germany and are more environment-friendly too.
Should you nevertheless think that Ryanair is the best way, do keep in mind that if your inbound flight is delayed and you miss your flight from Hahn, you do not have any rights to be rebooked for free or to have your ticket fare refunded. Plus your stuck far away from Berlin.
Mar 7, 2010 11:01 PM
Mar 8, 2010 12:00 AM
Mar 8, 2010 12:01 AM
18Aribo, according to the Ryanair website, it's SXF = Berlin-Schoenefeld.
OP, my advice - for what it's worth - is to heed all those who are telling you to go by train or do as Aribo suggests in #15. It's just too much time-consuming hassle to travel from the real Frankfurt airport to Hahn, plus you'd lose your money if you miss your Ryanair flight.
Mar 8, 2010 2:21 AM
19By train you will be in Berlin long before that Ryanair flight even departs from Hahn.
Mar 8, 2010 4:37 AM
20Actually, "Frankfurt" Hahn (airport code HHN) is closer to Luxemburg than to either Frankfurt airport (airport code FRA) or Frankfurt itself.
I'd take ryanair ONLY if the price difference was significant and I'd have to save every penny and would be totally broke.
Significant price difference including bus ride Frankfurt airport FRA => "Frankfurt" Hahn HHN + baggage charge (i.e. charge to check a bag AT ALL) + over the weight limit fees (ryanair only allows one bag of less than fifteen kg to be checked (for a hefty fee)), that is LESS than what American Airlines allows as (domestic) hand luggage! (which is 18 kg), everything above that costs a hefty fee, even more expensive if not booked in advance online) + all the other ryanair fees+ credit card charges+taxes+whatevertheymadeuplastweek.
So if even I (who is more of a cheapskate than Uncle Scrooge) preferred the train over being ryanaired (yes, it is a verb) you should too.
(However, ryanair does have its legitimate uses, sometimes it actually is more convenient and a lot cheaper than any other means of transport, but only if you will read the fine print carefully and play by their rules, then you can cross Europe and back or fly to Morocco and back for 100 Euro - if you are lucky and get two hot deals and try to avoid as many fees as humanly possible)
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