Getting In, Out & Around Frankfurt am Main
Transportation: Getting Here
Air – Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA), also known as Flughafen Frankfurt am Main or Rhein-Main-Flughafen in German, is the third busiest airport in Europe after London’s Heathrow and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle, in terms of passenger traffic. As of the first half of 2011, it is the ninth busiest airport in the world, and it serves the most international destinations of any airport. Getting to the center of Frankfurt is a breeze, as the airport is about 7.5 miles (12 km) from the city center. Little historical note: The world’s first airline was founded in Frankfurt, in 1909, the Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft (DELAG), who then built the first airport in Frankfurt, called Airship Base at Rebstock. Another option, though less convenient, is Frankfurt Hahn Airport, used mostly by regional airlines.
Train – There are three major train stations in Frankfurt, the main station (Hauptbahnhof), the South Station (Südbahnhof) and the Airport Station (Flughafen Fernbahnhof). These stations accommodate trains going to many other cities in Germany, as well as several international destinations.
Car – Due to its proximity to several different autobahns, car travel to Frankfurt from other larger destinations is fairly simple, though traffic can be heavy at times.
Bus – Bus travel is a relatively economical way to get into town, though its usually also the most time-consuming. The main station is Hauptbahnhof, where you can catch your choice of trans-European lines, such as eurolines.
Transportation: Getting Around
Public Transportation – The Frankfurt public transportation system includes regional trains (RB), regional express trains (RE), S-Bahn, U-Bahn, trams, and buses and you can use one ticket for all these transportation methods. On their website, you can find more information, along with maps that can help you plan your way around the city: www.rmv.de
Bike – Like many European cities, Frankfurt also supports its eco-friendly bikers. Call-A-Bike is a great bike rental company covering more German cities with the option of ordering bikes via their downloadable application. More here: www.callabike.de
Taxi – Taxi stands are easy to find and conveniently located around all key traffic spots and tourist attractions. Most taxi companies accept major credit cards, but always make sure you have enough cash for the fare, because some drivers are holdouts who only accept this payment method. You can call a cab at www.taxi-frankfurt.de or www.yellow-cab-taxi.de.