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Sitting just over seven miles from central Frankfurt, Europe’s third-busiest airport allows travellers to easily access Germany’s largest city. Local buses and speedy shuttle buses run between the airport and Frankfurt, while faster trains run from Frankfurt Airport’s regional station to various destinations in the city. Self-drive with car hire in Frankfurt Airport is a more comfortable way to access the city and its surrounding area, with the journey to the city taking anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on traffic.
Who to Book With
Car rental agents at the airport include global suppliers such as Hertz, Budget, Sixt and National. These agents have counters in both terminals, while German supplier Terstappen is present in Terminal 2. Vehicles are picked up and dropped off in car park P30-33 at Terminal 1 or at P8 in Terminal 2.
Need to Know Essentials
The following documents are needed at vehicle collection:
- Both parts of your driver’s licence
- Booking confirmation
- The credit card that was used to make the booking
- Identification such as a passport
Parking is limited on the streets in the city and can end up in vehicle towing if parking restrictions are ignored. Some on-street spaces are reserved for permit holders and violators will be given a hefty fine. It is best to park in a parking garage or at a park-and-ride outside of the city centre. At most petrol stations, you pump first and pay an attendant after. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted for payment. All vehicles must have a warning triangle in the car boot in case of an emergency.
Arriving passengers can self-drive from the airport to Frankfurt for swift access. Trains arrive into the city just as fast, while buses and shuttles take longer. Long-distance and international trains depart from the airport to other destinations within Germany and Europe. Taxis are another option, while some passengers even make the journey into the city by bicycle.
Frankfurt Airport Regional Station is located on Level 0 of Concourse B in Terminal 1, with German Rail S-Bahn commuter trains running to Frankfurt Central Station in 14 minutes. Inter-city and international trains operate from the Frankfurt Airport long-distance station, which is found in the AIRail terminal. From here, Intercity-Express runs 11 lines to various German cities. The Cologne to Frankfurt high-speed rail line also runs from here. Tickets for all trains departing from the airport are purchased at vending machines at the stations, with S-Bahn trains costing around £3 per ride.
A plethora of taxis are available outside of both terminals to take passengers into the city centre.
Frankfurt Airport to central Frankfurt is around £25.
Tickets for RMV buses to the city centre can be purchased directly from the driver. Buses stop in front of Arrivals Hall B at Terminal 1, with bus number 61 taking passengers to Frankfurt-Südbahnhof, while number 73 serves Frankfurt-Kestserbacher. A one-day bus pass for travel from the airport and within central Frankfurt costs roughly £6.50. In addition, Lufthansa airport buses serve Mannheim, Heidelberg and Strasbourg. Some hotels in the city offer complimentary shuttle bus services.
The two terminals at the airport are connected by SkyLine trains and shuttle buses. Terminal 1 is the larger of the two, having three concourses (A, B and C), and is used primarily by Lufthansa, while Terminal 2 is split into two concourses (D and E). Flights to destinations within Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Iceland and Asia operate from both terminals.
There are around 14,000 car park spaces at the airport, located in multi-level car parks next to the terminals and in the Holiday Parking Lot, which is accessible by shuttle bus. Four car parks are dedicated to Terminal 1, while two car parks serve Terminal 2. Fares for parking in car parks at the terminals are around £3.25 per hour, at a maximum amount of about £20 per day. The rate at the long-term Holiday Parking Lot is from around £30 to £50 for one week, depending on the time of year.
Wireless internet can be accessed for up to 30 minutes free of charge. After the initial 30 minutes is up, Wi-Fi can still be accessed for a fee of around £4 per hour.
There are five information counters in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2.
Airport Information: +49 180 5 372 4636
Lost & Found: +49 69 690 66359
Assistance is available for passengers with reduced mobility, but should be requested at least 48 hours before travel. On arrival, passengers can contact the Passenger Support Service via designated Call Point telephones which are located throughout both terminals. There are spaces reserved for those with reduced mobility in car park P4 at Terminal 1 and car park P8 at Terminal 2, while trains and shuttles buses between terminals are barrier-free.
Restaurants and Bars
Both terminals have plenty of restaurants, with Ciao Italia (Terminal 1) cooking up Italian cuisine, Käfer's (Terminal 1) offering French cuisine, Manzana (Terminal 2) serving Mexican food and a Sense of Taste (Terminal 2) featuring Mediterranean cuisine. There are also plenty of fast-food options and cafés, while those looking to calm pre-flight jitters can enjoy a drink at Goethe Bar (Terminal 1) or Fly Away Bar (Terminal 2).
First Class Lounge
Air France Lounge
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge
Etihad Airways First and Business Class Lounge
Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge
Money and ATMs
ATMs are available in all areas of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, while bank branches are located in Terminal 1 areas A, B and Z. Currency exchange booths are also found throughout both terminals.
There is no shortage of shopping opportunities in both terminals at the airport. Duty-free wine, alcohol, cigarettes, perfume and cosmetics are available in both terminals at Duty Free & Travel Value. Body care products can be had at the Body Shop in Terminal 1, while pharmaceuticals can be purchased at Metropolitan Pharmacy branches in both terminals. Fashionistas can shop in Burberry (Terminal 1), Hermes (Terminal 1), Tiffany (Terminal 1) and Tommy Hilfiger (Terminal 2). For food lovers, Caviar House & Prunier (Terminal 1) sells Prunier caviar and Balik smoked salmon, while Germany & More (Terminal 1) stocks Bavarian sausages, sauerkraut and Schwarzwälder ham.