Frankfurt is the ideal airport for a layover. It only takes 20 minutes, by train, to travel from Frankfurt airport into the heart of Frankfurt and spend the day sight-seeing, shopping and grabbing a bite to eat before heading back to the airport for your connecting flight.
The video shows you how to buy a ticket, and the same tickets are valid for travel to any city centre venue including the the Frankfurt Messe (trade fair). Further useful information is given, below the video, about ticket types and central stations. There's also this print friendly PDF version: From Frankfurt airport into Frankfurt city
Which train to catch?
S-bahn trains, S8 & S9, run every 15 minutes from Platform 1 and travel directly to Hauptwache and Konstablerwache, the two most central stations in Frankfurt. There are two railway hubs at the airport, you will need to find the regional station (platforms 1-3) which is downstairs in Terminal 1 under Hall B.Once downstairs, the first thing to do is buy a ticket from one of the ticket machines. You have several choices:
- single journey tickets which cost 4,90€ (a return = 9,80€).
- a day travel card which costs 9,55€ (cheaper than buying a return ticket) and permits you to travel on all the city transport for the day.
- a group travel card which costs 16,60€ and permits up to 5 people to travel together on all the city transport for the day, and is excellent value if there are two or more of you.
You will need cash, or a credit/debit card with a PIN to purchase tickets from the ticket machines.
After you have bought your ticket, head to Platform 1 and wait for an S8 or S9. Frankfurt has a barrier-free transport system so you just show your ticket to the inspector on the train during your journey. It's five stops and 20 minutes to the centre of town. The stops on the way are: Stadion, Niederrad, Hauptbahnhof, Taunusanlage, Hauptwache and Konstablerwache. Alight at Hauptwache or Konstablerwache for the centre Frankfurt. Local travel maps can be found on the RMV local transport pages.
In Frankfurt city
Once in Frankfurt there is plenty to see and do. The old town is down by the river near the cathedral, museums are centrally located and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and bakeries selling food and drinks. On a fine day you can take a local river cruise which only takes 110 minutes, or head up to the top of the Main Tower and enjoy the views across the whole of the Frankfurt and beyond. Click on this link indexing various blog pages offering detailed information and more ideas. Over the summer months there is usually an outdoor festival being hosted in the city centre and whatever the theme of the festival you can be sure to find bratwurst, beer and local wine. If you're lucky enough to be in town on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday then a real treat is to catch one of the fabulous Farmers' markets (details listed here).
Returning to the airport
For your return journey to the airport go to either Hauptwache or Konstablerwache station and follow signs for the S-bahn. Wait on platform 3 for the S8 or S9 train which run every 15 minutes.