Getting Around Frankfurt
Compact and easy to navigate, Frankfurt is the prefect city destination. The gay scene is within easy walking distance from all points of the city and its world class airport offers visitors a hassle free easy journey.
The enormous Frankfurt International Airport serves 53 million passengers per year and is one of Europe’s busiest airports. Acting as a continental hub for several major airlines, the airport offers flights to destinations in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Frankfurt Airport has trains from two railway stations; the long-distance railway station is at the AIRail Terminal, and there is a local railway station for S-Bahn, regional and local trains at Terminal 1, Level 1. Both railway stations are linked to Terminal 2 via buses and the Sky Line. Buses leave regularly for Frankfurt and other destinations from outside Terminals 1 and 2, tickets can be bought from the bus driver. Airline shuttles, including Lufthansa Airport Shuttle and Hahn Airport shuttle, depart from Terminal 1 outside Arrival Hall B. Taxis are available outside both terminals, the journey to central Frankfurt takes 20-30 minutes. Car hire companies are represented in both terminals.
Public transport in the city is expensive, but efficient, consisting of an integrated network of fast, modern underground U-Bahn lines, S-Bahn city trains, trams and buses that operate from 4am to 2am. Several night bus routes also operate from 1am. Fares are standard and are based on a zone system; most tickets are valid for an hour and can be used for any amount of transfers between all modes of public transport within that time.
A variety of tickets can be bought from machines at most stops including hourly and daily passes, and tickets must be bought prior to boarding; single ticket fares are more expensive during rush hours.
The Frankfurt Card (available from the tourist office) is good value allowing for unlimited travel within greater Frankfurt, plus airport shuttle transport and half price admission to museums. For those attending a conference in Frankfurt, the tourist office has a one-day Congress Ticket valid for unlimited travel in the city and to the airport.
Taxis are safe and plentiful, but expensive. Driving a car in the city involves rush hour congestion, expensive parking lots and confusing road systems so it’s best to park and use public transport while in the city.
A great way to explore Frankfurt is via a river cruise or by taking the hop-on, hop-off bus. You can book your tickets online in advance directly with our booking partner.
Frankfurt is a compact city with most of the gay bars located on 3 streets forming a “Bermuda Triangle”. The best hotels are all within walking distance of the centre of the city. Here are our editors top selections.