By Plane -- Flughafen Frankfurt/Main (tel. 069/6901; www.frankfurt-airport.de) lies 11km (7 miles) from the city center. Europe’s busiest airport and Germany’s major international gateway, this airport serves more than 110 countries worldwide, with direct flights from many U.S. and Canadian cities. The airport has a full array of stores, restaurants, banks, a bus terminal, several car-rental offices, and two railway stations.
The long-distance DB Rail Terminal, conveniently located below the airport, links the airport to cities throughout Germany and neighboring countries. Regional and local trains operate from the Regional Station directly below Terminal 1. What this means is that you can fly into Frankfurt, hop on a train right at the airport, and be on your way to any destination in Germany.
The simplest method for getting into the city from the airport is by S-Bahn (light rail). S8 and S9 trains (direction Offenbach or Hanau) take you directly to Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) in about 10 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 4.50€. Tickets are available from the RMV ticket machines.
Buses into the city stop in front of Terminal 1 on the arrivals level and in front of Terminal 2 on Level 2. Some airlines offer special shuttle-bus services to Frankfurt from the airport; check when you purchase your ticket.
A taxi from the airport to the city center costs about 25€ and takes about 20 minutes. Taxis are available in front of the terminals.
By Train -- Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is the busiest train station in Europe, with connections to all major German and European cities. Tourist Information Hauptbahnhof, opposite the main entrance (tel. 069/2123-8800), is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday until 6pm. For train travel information, contact Deutsche Bahn (tel. 11861; www.bahn.com).
By Car -- The A3 and A5 autobahns intersect near Frankfurt’s airport. The A3 comes in from the Netherlands, Cologne, and Bonn and continues east and south to Munich. The A5 comes from the northeast and continues south to Heidelberg and Basel, Switzerland. From the west, A60 connects with A66, which leads to Frankfurt.
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