Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof, or Frankfurt (Main)'s main station... that is, it's the main station in Frankfurt (Main)... well, I mean... the Main's main...Frankfurt (Main)'s CENTRAL station, is one of the largest train transportation hubs in Germany. Over 600 long distance and regional trains depart the station daily, along with 1100 S-Bahn trains departing from the lower level. From here, you can get to just about anywhere in Europe. There are even plans to launch direct Eurostar service to London in the next few years.
The hauptbahnhof is surrounded by a number of business class hotels, which makes it a convenient place for an overnight stop. In addition, the station is served by all 9 S-Bahns, the U4 and U5, and three trams, which can get you to just about anywhere in the city quickly and conveniently. If you need to get to the airport, the S-8 and S-9 trains run frequently to Frankfurt Airport's Regional Train Station, making a stay at a nearby hotel a potentially viable alternative to the pricey airport hotel.
The train station is immense with a wide variety of services, to include luggage storage, restaurants, and ATMs.
Frankfurt Airport is the largest German airport, the third largest in europe and one of the most important airline hubs in the world. It may even be the main reason why you are coming to Frankfurt. The airport is well connected with many of the larger cities around Europe and the rest of the world. Lufthansa, Condor and the Star Alliance partners are the main players and located in Terminal 1. Most other airlines (including Air Berlin and Emirates) are located in Terminal 2.
The airport is well-connected by train with all larger cities in Germany. It can be quite confusing that there are even two different train stations at the airport: Regionalbahnhof (tracks 1 to 3) and Fernbahnhof (tracks 4 to 7) Those travelling to Frankfurt, Mainz, Wiesbaden and other places in the region use the Regionalbahnhof. A trip to Frankfurt city centre takes only ten minutes and costs less than 5 EUR (2013). Fernbahnhof is only used by long-distance trains and is not interesting for those who want to travel to the city centre only - unless you want to pay more than the double price just to get an ICE train for the ten minute trip.
Budget travellers should know that low-cost airlines avoid this place like hell. Therefore, it can be quite difficult to get a cheap fare from/to here for a flight within Europe. Those on a tight budget should consider travelling from/to Frankfurt Hahn Airport. This airport is around 90 minutes away by bus from Frankfurt city centre which means that it is nowhere near Frankfurt, but is served by Ryanair and Wizzair which have some good offers for European flights.
ATTENTION (especially to those that consider the option above): Always be aware, if your airport is Frankfurt/Rhein-Main (FRA, the main airport) or Frankfurt/Hahn (HHN, low-fare airport). This can save you turning up at the wrong place as well as with time calculations.
Coaches are a good alternative to the German train system. They are slower and do not run as often, but often offer far better fares. The coach stops are on the southern side of the main train station (along Mannheimer Strasse), some lines do also stop at the airport. International lines are often more expensive than low-fare flights, but cover a wider range of destinations. The most important are:
Eurolines: Large network through Europe, especially Eastern Europe. Some domestic lines as well. : http://www.eurolines.de/
Eurolines offer for the Mannheim - Frankfurt - Hamburg line (with several stops in between). This bus travels overnight and saves you time: http://www.eurolines.de/en/national-bus-lines/mannheim-hamburg/
FlixBus: New company with a mid-sized network in Germany. Covers the larger cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and cologne at least once a day from 5EUR on. https://www.flixbus.de/
MeinFernbus: Similar to FlixBus - just with a larger network, but their prices are slightly higher.
City2City: The German subsidiary of National Express (UK). Good offers from 5 EUR as well, mostly to western Germany (Düsseldorf, Cologne and Dortmund). http://www.city2city.de/en/home
Berlin Linien Bus: Joint service of Deutsche Bahn, Autokraft, BEX, HARU and some smaller companies. Specialized on lines to Berlin, but also has a couple of other services within Germany:
The Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbund, or RMV, is the local transport organization responsible for rapid transit in the Frankfurt area. Verbund tickets are valid on S-Bahns, U-Bahns, trams, buses, and some local trains. Purchase your tickets from the RMV ticket machines in the stations and on the platforms.
The fare system is rather complex. To buy a ticket, you need to look up the 4-digit code of your destination from the chart, located either on the front or the side of the ticket machine. Then choose the type of ticket you want, e.g., single ticket or "Tageskarte" (day ticket). If you are traveling in a group, the best value is generally to purchase a group ticket ("gruppentageskarte"), which is valid for up to 5 people traveling together. For travel within 2 km of the city center, fare is EUR 1.60 per person one-way, EUR 0.95 for children. For travel within Zone 5000 (the central zone), fare is EUR 2.60 for adult, EUR 1.55 for children, EUR 6.40 for a single day card, EUR 9.50 for a group day card.
If you wish to go to the Airport, you can take the S-8 or S-9, as well as selected regional trains (note: while you can also take high-speed trains to the from the hauptbahnhof to the airport, RMV tickets are NOT valid). Fare is EUR 4.25 per adult 1-way, EUR 2.55 for children. A single day card covering the city center and the airport costs EUR 8.30, while a group day card costs EUR 15. To purchase a day card that covers the airport, punch in the code "5090" then select the appropriate "Tageskarte" you want. Machines at the airport have a button for day cards that include the city center.
Frankfurt am Main International Airport (IATA Code: FRA) is one of the largest air transportation hubs in Europe. A hub for German flag carrier Lufthansa, the airport also serves more than 100 airlines, from Adria Airlines to Yemen Airlines.
Frankfurt Airport has two terminals, connected by a "Skyline" monorail. The train has an ingenious system allowing passengers on either side of security to use it simultaneously. If departing from Frankfurt, be sure to note which terminal your flight departs from so you will know where to check in.
The airport has not one but two train stations. For those of you who haven't traveled to Frankfurt in several years, the original underground station is now the "Regionalbahnhof," or regional train station, where you can catch S-Bahns and regional trains to Frankfurt, Mainz, and other towns in the local area. The longest trains from this station are "Regional Express" trains to destinations such as Saarbrücken and Koblenz. The other, newer train station is called the "Fernbahnhof," or long-distance train station. Long haul trains, including the high-speed ICE trains, depart from here for destinations all around Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. When connecting to a train, be sure to note which station your train departs from.
The airport itself has just about every service you can imagine, including restaurants, shops, electronics stores (where you can buy cell phone SIM cards), and even a luggage storage service where you store your bags for EUR 7 per bag per day.
This is what the Frankfurt Central Station looked like in 1901. The photo is on display at the Transportation Museum (DB-Museum) in Nürnberg, at the beginning of an exhibit on the history of German railroad stations.
The streetcars are bigger now, and the square in front of the station is much more cluttered, but the basic form of the station is still the same, after numerous phases of rebuilding and restoration.
Frankfurt's Airport, often shortened to Fraport, is one of the busiest in the world, and the busiest in continental Europe. Many people coming for a visit to Germany or Europe will transit this airport, often with many hours to waste between flights.
The main city of Frankfurt is less than half an hour away by public transport, so if you are stuck in transit it is worth a trip to the center to wander around and grab a bite to eat in one of its many excellent cafes.
Frankfurt Airport has two stations, one regional and one for long distance trains like the ICE. If you are heading for the city, head to the regional station and take S-8 or S-9 towards the Hauptbahnhof. I'd recommend getting out at Hauptwache or Konstablerwache if you want to kick start your visit right in the middle of things.
There's not much need to talk about where you can fly to from Fraport, because if a plane can make it that far, and it has an airport, chances are there will be a flight scheduled there from here. Almost every major airline in the world, barring those that are banned from flying over Europe, has a base here, and of course it is the major hub for the national carrier Lufthansa.
There's not much in the way of budget flights from here, but there are a few. The quality budget airline, Air Berlin, flies a number of routes from Fraport, to places like Lisbon, Paris and Barcelona. A few other budget airlines also operate routes from here, mostly charter flights to beach resorts. These include Lufthansa's budget wing, Condor, as well as LTU and Hapagfly.
Don't be mistaken into thinking that Fraport is the same Frankfurt airport that Ryan Air flies to. That is Frankfurt-Hahn, which isn't anywhere near Frankfurt, and closer to Luxembourg than the city it claims to serve.
The ticketing system is a little bit complicated, but it becomes pretty simple to understand after a few trips. You simply buy a ticket from one of the machines located at every stop, and then you go. There's no need for validation or any of that nonsense.
There is a vast array of tickets, but for short term tourist visitors, the following tickets will be all you will ever really need to worry about. Prices are good for 2006.
1. Einzelfahrkarte: A single journey ticket that costs 2.10 or 1.90, depending on the time of day. It covers you for 2 hours of single direction travel, meaning you can get off and change trams or whatever, but you can't reverse and come back along the same route.
2. Tageskarte: If you make more than two journeys in a day, then a day ticket (tageskarte) is definitely worth it at 4.90. It covers you for 24 hours from time of purchase.
3. Wochenkarte: At 19.00 the weekly ticket covers you for exactly seven days from the moment you buy it.
It's worth noting that the weekly ticket covers you for the airport, but the other two tickets don't. You'll need to buy the same ticket at a higher price.
Single and day tickets can be bought at any machine at any stop in Frankfurt. These machines often accept notes as well as coins, but not always. As long as you are travelling within Frankfurt, you only need to type in the Frankfurt code of 5000 and press the button for the type of ticket you need in order to receive it. If you are going outside the city or to the airport, then you'll need to locate the code on the displayed sheet and type that instead.
Weekly tickets can only be bought at ticket counters, or at more advanced machines at special locations around the city. Some of these special locations are the major train stations, like the Hauptbahnhof, the Airport, and the Sudbahnhof.
I suggest you to use cheap airlines from Frankfurt-Hahn airport directly to Stuttgart airport. You can get the flight to Stuttgart complete with flight back to Frankfurt-Hahnairport for 137,42 euros with the cheapest airline. If you are having including "train to flight" you may use ICE train from Frankfurt Airport station to Stuttgart central station for free. Stuttgart is having excellent public meanings (underground train, s-train and bus) or you may use car sharing on airport for travelling from Stuttgart airport into city centre.
Nothing could be more complicated that the RMV vending machines for tickets. Fortunately, most have a touch screen, and if you touch a flag where they speak a language you understand, it will be easier to use. Otherwise it works as follows.
1) Select a destination on the list on the machine, and pick out its code.
2) Punch the destination code number in the machine, and select a coloured button below for Single adult, child, etc.
3) Pay the amount for the ticket.
The machines can only give change if they have enough change in them. YOU CANNOT PURCHASE TICKETS ON THE METRO, and if you board the train, without a ticket you may get caught for riding without a ticket, which means an immediate payment of 60 Euro fine.
Although many have a slot for a card, this is for a German ATM or Eurocard, and not for credit cards.
Place of departure Frankfurt Main Train Station:
Bus-Stop at Mannheimer Street. Bus-Stop is marked with a "RYANAIR/Bohr" sign. It is located on the south side of the main train station.
Place of departure Frankfurt Airport:
Bus stop is at Terminal 2, opposite exit E 9. Place of arrival Frankfurt-Hahn Airport:
Bus stops directly in front of the terminal building A
Total time one way: 1h 45min
Fares per person/way
Adults: 12,00 €
Children up to 7 years: 6.00 €
Tickets are available only from driver on the bus. At Hahn-airport tickets also at the information desk and the ticket shop in front of terminal A. The bus goes also to Frankfurt main airport
The train station in Frankfurt is very beautiful (obviously like many big stations in Germany). Everything inside is very easily done. There is much information and enough signs. There are lockers for your luggage which are pretty big to keep 2 big suitcases. There are shops and cafes and restaurants but if you have the chance go somewhere else to eat cause it’s a bit more expansive then average.
We used the Ryanair bus to get to Frankfurt Hahn airport. You catch the bus at Frankfurt Central Railwy station. The bus stop is located at the south side of the Central Railway station in Mannheimer Street (croner Stuttgarter Street). It departs daily and the times used to be on the hour every hour, but I think you should just check at the info desk inside the railway station. Travel time to Hahn airport is approx 1h45 min
I often have to travel to Sweden, Belgium and the UK
to or ftom Hungary so have to travel through
Germany by train if I'm going overland.
The thing is to check ticket prices at least 3 weeks
ahead of your trip so to find the cheap prices.
Going to www.db.de and then clicking on
the English language icon and then checking on
prices. I now have bought a 3 leg journey from
Brussels to Budapest, but bought it in parts as the full
length can not be purchased online as one ticket
unless ordering many weeks in advance.
So I bought the Brussels to Frankfurt leg first looking for the
€29 tickets, then €39 ones.
Next bought Frankfurt to Vienna part for €29.
I then chose the print Online ticket option when purchasing
and took the tickets to the International Ticket office
where I got the special offer of €13 for Vienna to Budapest leg
when producing the other connecting tickets.
You can also pick up Brussels to London Eurostar tickets
for 45 GBP when booking early.
Public transit in Frankfurt is, as in most European cities, easy and cheap. I came into the city from the airport on a one-day pass, which allowed me continual transit on the U- and S-bahns (metro and suburban rail) for EUR9. The subway system is fairly large and complex, so it is a good idea to plan out your route in advance, but it is clean and reliable, and once you know where you want to go and how to get there, a far preferable option to taking a car. Those who come to the city by train will find that they can move out seamlessly from the train station to the rest of the city.