Bicycle

Cycling is a great way to get around Frankfurt, which is crisscrossed with designated bike lanes.

Call-a-Bike To use Deutsche Bahn's share bicycle scheme, register online or by phone with your credit card number, then go to one of Frankfurt’s city-wide Call-a-Bike Stations and use the app or make a phone call to get the lock code to pick up a bicycle.

Next Bike After registering with a credit card, go to one of Frankfurt's dozens of pick-up points throughout the city and use the app to get the lock code.

Car & Motorcycle

Traffic flows smoothly in central Frankfurt. Signs indicate the way to the nearest Parkhaus (parking garage) and the number of spaces left. City-centre street parking is generally limited to one hour.

In many areas, parking on one side of the street is reserved for Bewohner (local residents) whose cars have a special sticker. Signs list the hours during which restrictions apply.

Tickets & Passes

Frankfurt’s excellent transport system, part of the RMV (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund; www.rmv.de) network, integrates all bus, Strassenbahn (tram), S-Bahn (commuter rail) and U-Bahn (metro/subway) lines.

  • Tickets can be purchased at transit stops from Fahrkartenautomaten (ticket machines). Zone 50 encompasses most of Frankfurt, excluding the airport. Machines accept euro coins and notes (up to €10 or €20) and chip-and-pin credit cards, which excludes many US-issued cards (and even some international chip-and-pin cards).
  • An Einzelfahrt (single-ride) ticket costs adult/child €2.75/1.55; it’s time-stamped when you buy it and so is valid only for travel you begin immediately. For trips of less than 2km, buy a Kurzstrecke (short-distance journey) ticket (adult/child €2.05/1.25).
  • A Tageskarte (all-day ticket), valid from the start of service until 5am the next day, costs €5.35 (€9.55 including the airport); a Gruppentageskarte (all-day group ticket), for up to five people is just €11.30 (€16.60 including the airport) – a superb deal.
  • A Wochenkarte (weekly pass, valid for any seven consecutive days), sold at the airport’s DB ticket office and available from some ticket machines, costs €25.70 (including the airport) and is also great value.
  • Nachtbus (www.nachtbus-frankfurt.de) lines have numbers beginning with ‘n’ and leave from Konstablerwache half-hourly (hourly for some suburban destinations) from 12.50am to 4am daily. Tickets cost the same as for daytime transport, or you can use an all-day ticket or weekly pass.
  • Inspectors frequently check to make sure passengers have valid tickets. The fine for travelling schwarz (‘black’, ie without a ticket) is €40.

Taxi

Taxis have a €3.50 flagfall; trips costs €2 per kilometre for the first 15km, and €1.75 for every subsequent kilometre, with a waiting charge of €33 per hour. A fifth passenger costs €7 extra.

There are taxi ranks throughout the city. Firms include Taxi Frankfurt and Time Car.