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Getting through security and customs at Frankfurt Airport was a fairly quick and easy process. Not so leaving the airport! So I thought I’d give some tips to those who might be flying here in the future.
First things first, the train station is situated at Terminal 1. We had landed in Terminal 2, and after clearing customs, followed the signs to “bahnhofe” or “train station” all the way to…the end of the building. Only when we studied the information map did we realise we were supposed to take the shuttle bus from T2 to T1. The shuttle bus stop is at the main exit of T2, so we had overshot and had to backtrack. So there’s your first tip: if landing at T2 and wanting to catch the train, don’t follow the signs for “bahnhofe” but instead follow the signs for “bus”.
The shuttle bus trip between T2 and T1 takes approximately 8 minutes. Once at T1, cross the road to the right of the shuttle bus stop (if you’re standing in the direction the bus is travelling) and enter the terminal main entrance. You’ll see an escalator right in front of the main entrance. Head down the escalator and you’ll find yourself at the train station.
The ticket to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof costs €4.25 per person for a single journey. This can easily be bought at the ticket machines, which helpfully have multiple language options including English. Just tap on the British flag at the bottom of the screen.
If, however, you’re travelling with friends like I am, it may be worth your while to purchase the Gruppentaggeskarte. Translated, this means “group day ticket”, and permits a group of up to 5 people travelling together for just €15. I had heard of this deal before I arrived in Frankfurt, so headed to the DB ticket counter to purchase it from the ticket seller instead of the machine. We had tried to buy this ticket at the machine but had tapped the wrong button. We had tried to purchase the Hessenticket, which had been translated as something along the lines of “day ticket for 5 people”. However, at roughly €30+, I knew this couldn’t be the correct ticket for the short journey between the airport and the city centre. I later found out that the Hessenticket allows 5 people to travel together through the region of Hessen, which includes Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Rudesheim – definitely not what we were after. In retrospect though, I think there was a “group day ticket” button to press that we had neglected to try. So here’s another tip for you: there are lots of rail ticket deal options available in Germany, and if in doubt, ask the ticket seller at the DB office.
Finally, the trains to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (the main train station) are from Platforms 1 or 2. When you check the train schedules, they may not list this as the main stop, however most of the trains will pull into the main train station before reaching their final destination. If you want to make sure you’re getting on a train that goes through there, check the train schedule. If you see “F-Hbf” on the itinerary, you’re good to go. The journey takes about 11 minutes, roughly 3 stops from the airport (or Flughafen).
As a comparison, Lonely Planet tells me a taxi ride to the city centre costs just under €30.
I hope these tips make it a breeze for you if you ever fly to Frankfurt!
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