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Frankfurt Airport

Located 12km southwest of the centre, Frankfurt Airport is Germany’s busiest, with the highest cargo turnover and the third-highest passenger numbers in Europe (after London’s Heathrow and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle). Its two terminals are linked by the free SkyLine elevated railway (every two to three minutes), and free buses (every 10 minutes). Left-luggage lockers are available (per two/24 hours €4.50/7).

Transport Options

Train The Flughafen Regionalbahnhof (airport regional train station; Terminal 1) handles regional train and S-Bahn connections; services begin at about 4.30am and end at 1.30am. S-Bahn commuter rail lines S8 and S9 shuttle between the airport and city centre (one-way €4.90, 11 minutes, every 15 minutes), stopping at Hauptbahnhof, Hauptwache and Konstablerwache, as well as (in the other direction) Wiesbaden and Mainz. To get to Darmstadt, change to the S3.

Intercity trains use the airport’s modern, glass-roofed Fernbahnhof (long-distance train station).

Bus Bus 61 links the Südbahnhof in Sachsenhausen with Terminals 1 and 2 every 15 minutes (€4.90, 15 minutes, every 15 minutes Monday to Friday, every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday).

Taxi A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs between €25 to €35.

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is 124km west of Frankfurt. Low-cost carriers have flights to/from European destinations including Dublin and London-Stansted, as well as Morocco.

Transport Options

The Frankfurt-Hahn Airport Bus links the Frankfurt-Hahn with the main Frankfurt airport (Terminal 2 only) and Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof (Mannheimer Strasse; 1¾ hours). Book ahead to ensure a place (tickets are cheaper online).

Bus

Eurolines (www.eurolines.de) and Flixbus (www.flixbus.com) can take you inexpensively to cities across Germany and throughout Europe. Both companies use Frankfurt Airport and the main bus station at the Hauptbahnhof; Flixbus also uses the Südbahnhof in Sachsenhausen for some services.

Car & Motorcycle

Major car rental companies have desks at both Frankfurt Airport and Frankfurt-Hahn Airport.

At the Hauptbahnhof, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt have offices next to the tourist office.

Train

Hauptbahnhof The main train station, about 1km west of the Altstadt and 1km southeast of the Messe, is Germany's most frequented, with convenient trains to pretty much everywhere. Left luggage lockers are available (per 72 hours small/large €3/5).

Major services include:

Berlin (€90, four hours, two per hour)

Cologne (€39, 1¼ hours, up to four per hour Monday to Saturday, up to three per hour Sunday)

Heidelberg €19.90 to €29.90, one hour to 1½ hours, hourly)

Mainz (€8.50, 40 minutes, frequent)

Munich (€60, 3¼ hours, hourly)

Nuremberg (€36, 2¼ hours, up to two per hour)

Stuttgart (€34, 1½ hours, up to two per hour)

Frankfurt Airport Fernbahnhof From Frankfurt Airport's long-distance train station (Terminal 1), you can travel directly to destinations across Germany, often by fast IC and ICE trains.

Direct services include:

Cologne (€40, one hour, up to four per hour Monday to Saturday, up to three per hour Sunday)

Munich (€60, 3½ hours, up to two per hour)

Nuremberg (€36, 2¼ hours, up to two per hour)

Stuttgart (€34, 1¼ hours, up to two per hour Monday to Saturday, hourly Sunday)