Russian travelers can reach Frankfurt in several ways. The fastest and most convenient way is by plane. Frankfurt am Main International Airport receives flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg, in the variety of offers it is easy to find the best direct or connecting flights. Buses, trains and taxis run between the airport and the city center.
Travel by land transport is longer. There are direct trains from Moscow to Frankfurt, from St. Petersburg you can get there with transfers in the capital, Warsaw or Terespol. Direct bus routes depart regularly from both Russian capitals. Check liuxers for customs and traditions of Germany.
The main public transport in Frankfurt is rail. The city has two major systems: the U-Bahn metro and the S-Bahn commuter trains. The subway consists of 9 lines: in the center they pass through underground tunnels, and in the nearest suburbs they get out to the surface. The train interval is 2.5 minutes. City trains are an extended variation of the metro: they run both to remote neighborhoods and to the airport, but they run less frequently, on average once every 15 minutes.
Trams are the oldest type of urban transport in Frankfurt: the first horse-drawn line was launched back in 1872.
The tram track system is integrated with the surface sections of the metro lines, but the trams serve more stops than the U-Bahn and S-Bahn. Breaks in traffic are about 10 minutes, but during peak hours on some sections of the route two routes operate at once, which reduces the waiting time to 5 minutes.
Frankfurt buses have a secondary role: they mainly connect remote areas with the nearest metro and train stations. But this transport is indispensable at night: from 1:30 to 3:30, special flights run in several directions from the Central Bus Station.
All types of public transport have single tickets and travel cards. They are sold at vending machines, cash desks, newsstands, information centers and drivers. A ticket for one trip costs 2.80 EUR, for a day – 7 EUR, for a week – 24.90 EUR.
All taxis are equipped with meters, for the first 5 km you need to pay from 2.80 EUR, for each subsequent km – 1.75 EUR. You can catch a car right in the city or order online and by phone. The most unusual form of transport in Frankfurt is a bicycle taxi: a short trip of less than 0.5 km will cost 4 EUR, 1-2 km – 8 EUR, 3 km – 12 EUR. You can book a bike with a driver on the website (in English) or by phone. For those who prefer to pedal on their own, there are bike rentals. The cost of renting a bike is 9-15 EUR per day.
Rent a Car
The sights of the financial capital of Germany are located compactly, and public transport is well developed here. Therefore, renting a car makes sense only if you have to travel not only in the city, but also in its environs or even in other European countries: for example, neighboring France or Belgium.
You can rent a car at the airport, at the Central Railway Station or at the representative offices of local and international rental offices. Sixt, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty and other companies have offices in many areas. Renting a compact car will cost 40 EUR, station wagon – from 55 EUR, premium model – from 105 EUR, SUV – from 130 EUR per day.
Frankfurt is a bustling metropolis and the largest transport hub in Germany, therefore, during peak hours, the main highways freeze in serious traffic jams. But everything is in order with parking here: there are many of them both in the center and on the outskirts, most of them are paid. The average cost of parking is 1.50-2.50 EUR per hour or 10 EUR per day.
Prices in Frankfurt hotels largely depend on their location. Affordable housing is available in the area of the Central railway station. On the one hand, it is convenient: the airport is within easy reach. But it will take longer to get to the key sights, and the view from the window will certainly not be the most picturesque. Those who are not averse to immersing themselves in the nightlife of Frankfurt – and it is oh so rich here – risk stopping at the Hauptbahnhof station, in the red light district. Fans of relaxation according to the classic program “excursions + restaurants + shopping” are more likely to choose hotels in the historical center. Moreover, high competition makes their owners delight guests with frequent discounts and special offers.
A bed in a hostel will cost from 15 EUR per night, a room in a two-star hotel – from 35 EUR per day. Accommodation in 4 * hotels – from 40 EUR per day. For accommodation in a prestigious five-star establishment, you have to pay from 70 EUR per day. Apartments in a residential area can be rented for 35 EUR per day.
Frankfurt Guest Cards
For tourists who want to get acquainted with all the colors of Frankfurt and at the same time save money, the Frankfurt Card has been created. Its owners receive 50% discounts for visiting museums, the Palm Garden and the zoo; 20% – for sightseeing tours of the city and river buses, as well as many nice bonuses like gifts in stores and free drinks in restaurants. You can buy a card at tourist information centers, the airport and the railway station, the cost is EUR 10.50 for 1 day, EUR 15.50 for 2 days. Detailed information – at website (in English).
There is also a special card for those who are looking for affordable housing in Frankfurt. The Hotel Guest Ticket is sold directly at partner hotels and costs EUR 13.10 for 2 days. All details about the conditions and hotels can be found at the office. website (in English).