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Rhein-Main International Airport (FRA)

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Rhein-Main International Airport (FRA)
Address60547, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Telephone(01805) 372 4636
Number of terminals2
Time zoneGMT +1 (Please note: daylight savings time may apply between certain dates - please check local sources)
LocationFrankfurt Airport is located 12km (8 miles) southwest of Frankfurt city centre.
Airport codeFRA
Country dialling code49
Airport newsFrankfurt Airport is working on a EUR 3.4 billion expansion plan, which will take place over the next two decades. New developments will include the construction of a third terminal (due to start in 2013), eventual addition of a third runway, and a maintenance facility for the A380 Airbus.
Transfer between terminalsFree SkyLine shuttle trains run between the terminals (journey time: 2 minutes). Free shuttle buses can also be found by the roadside outside each terminal.
Driving directionsFrankfurt Airport is directly linked to the A3 (Cologne-Munich) and A5 (Hanover-Basel) motorways, which border the airport's eastern and northern boundaries. These routes join at the Frankfurter Kreuz junction for access to the airport on the federal road B43. The A67, serving destinations in the south, connects with the A5.
Car rentalCar hire companies at Frankfurt Airport include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, and Sixt; these operators have desks in the arrivals areas of both terminals. Additionally, Terstappen and Enterprise can be found in Terminal 2.
Public transport and taxisBus: regular buses (tel: (01805) 768 4636; www.rmv.de) stop at the bus station in front of the Terminal 1 arrivals hall, and at the bus bay in front of the arrivals/departures halls of Terminal 2. The journey time to central Frankfurt is about 25 minutes, and the fare EUR 4.10. Bus 61 serves Frankfurt-Südbahnhof, bus 900 serves Obertshausen-Bahnhof, bus 73 serves Kelsterbach, while the Darmstadt Airliner runs to Darmstadt. There are also Lufthansa bus lines to Hahn Airport, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Strasbourg, stopping in front of Arrivals Hall B, Terminal 1.
Taxi: are readily available outside both terminals (journey time to the city centre: 20 to 30 minutes; fare: from EUR 30).
Rail: Frankfurt Airport has two passenger railway facilities. The Regional Train Station (platforms 1-3) is located beneath Terminal 1. From here, S-Bahn (tel: (01805) 768 4636; www.rmv.de) commuter trains (lines S8 and S9) depart for central Frankfurt (journey time: 15 minutes; fare: EUR 4) and the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station). Trains also run to Offenbach and Hanau, and to Rüsselsheim, Mainz and Wiesbaden. RegionalExpress (RE) and StadtExpress (SE) trains serve many other destinations. The long-distance train station (platforms 4-7) is linked via a connector building to Terminal 1. From here, a number of high-speed ICE trains depart to the central stations of Cologne (journey time: 1 hour) and Stuttgart (journey time: 75 minutes), with connections further afield in Germany and across Europe. These services are operated by Deutsche Bahn (tel: (01805) 221100 or 11861, or 0800 150 7090; www.bahn.de).
Car parkingThere are a total of 15,000 parking spaces at Frankfurt Airport. Each of the terminals has a multi-storey car park and/or an underground car park providing direct access to the terminal, 24 hours a day. Car parks P1, P2, P3, P4 and P5 serve Terminal 1, while P8 and P9 are close to Terminal 2. Substantial discounts apply for parking booked in advance (tel: (069) 6907 8888). There are also reserved parking spaces for female drivers in P1, P4 and P5 and a secure car park, at Terminal 1, offered by Airport Car Service (tel: (069) 690 27901; www.acs-airport.de).
Information and help desksAirport information desks are located in the arrivals and departures halls of both terminals; these are staffed 24 hours a day. There are also several touch screen information kiosks situated throughout both terminals.
Airport FacilitiesMoney and communications: numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are available in Terminals 1 and 2. A number of major German banks offer a comprehensive range of domestic and international banking services at their branches in the Frankfurt Airport Centre (FAC) opposite Terminal 1. Postal services are available throughout Frankfurt Airport. 3C Communications provide 24-hour credit card phones and faxes, plus internet access. Deutsche Telekom also provides internet ports at some gates.
Eating and drinking:
restaurants, bars and cafés can be found in all terminal areas, some of which are open 24 hours.
there are over 130 shops at Frankfurt Airport, including fashion boutiques, duty-free, travel agencies and newsagents. Shopping mall Marktplatz opened on level 2 of Terminal 2 in 2009.
an escort and porter service is available (tel: (069) 6902 2122/1300). Transport boxes and crates for bulky luggage are available at the FGS airport baggage service in the Arrivals hall B of Terminal 1 and the Arrivals hall E of Terminal 2; reservations should be made in advance (tel: (069) 6905 1211). The lost property office is situated on the first level of Terminal 1 (tel: (069) 6906 6359). Trolleys are available. 24-hour left luggage facilities are available in both terminals (tel: (069) 6907 3277).
Other facilities:
Frankfurt Airport has pharmacies and a 24-hour medical clinic in Terminal 1. There are various children’s play areas, baby change rooms and buggy hire at the left-luggage offices in both terminals.
Conference and business facilitiesThe Airport Conference Centre (tel: (069) 6907 0500; www.acc-frankfurt.de) in Frankfurt Airport Centre (across a pedestrian bridge from Terminal 1) offers 28 conference rooms for up to 200 people, as well as audiovisual equipment, internet access, secretarial services, interpreters, office supplies, videoconferencing and catering. There are also presentation rooms for hire in Terminal 2 (tel: (069) 6907 0291). Many of the major airlines have executive lounges and the airport's Europe City Club lounge (on level 3 of Terminal 1) is open to all for a fee. First class passengers travelling with Lufthansa also have a dedicated area. The on-site Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel (tel: (069) 69770; www.starwoodhotels.com) and a number of other nearby hotels also offer extensive meeting and conference options.
Disabled facilitiesFacilities for disabled passengers include lift and ramp access, automatic doors, adapted telephones and toilets and reserved parking. Wheelchair accompaniment services are available (tel: (069) 6906 6666). Disabled passengers should inform their airlines of any assistance required at least 48 hours prior to their arrival at Frankfurt Airport. The passenger transport company Behinderten - und Krankentransport Kaster (tel: (060) 7481 4544) offers transport services for disabled travellers to and from the airport. There is also a wheelchair-accessible bus service (tel: (069) 979 8770), equipped with an ambulance lift, running door-to-door services. The SkyLine shuttle train is wheelchair accessible and electric buggies are available in both terminals.
Airport hotelsThere are a number of hotels near Frankfurt Airport, including a number of hotels directly linked to Terminal 1 via a covered walkway. There are direct telephone links to the hotels at the bus stops outside the Arrivals Area A of Terminal 1 and outside Area E at Terminal 2. Our Frankfurt Airport guide includes the following accommodation options:

Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt
Boasting four restaurants, a fitness centre and 38 conference rooms, the 550-room Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt is close to the terminals at Frankfurt Airport and is linked by a shuttle bus service.
Unterschweinstiege 16
60549 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (069) 69750
Web: www.airporthotel.steigenberger.de

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel
Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel is linked to Terminal 1 via a covered walkway. The hotel has 60 banqueting/event rooms as well as a range of dining and entertainment options.
Hugo-Eckener-Ring 15
60549 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (069) 69770
Web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Intercity Hotel at Cargo City Süd
The 356-room Intercity Hotel at Cargo City Süd is located near Frankfurt Airport and has a restaurant, fitness area and 14 conference rooms.
Am Luftbrückendenkmal 1 CargoCity Süd
60549 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (069) 697 099
Web: www.intercityhotel.com

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
Located in the SQUAIRE building, the Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport has direct pedestrian access to Terminal 1. It offers business and meetings facilities, a fitness room and pool, and a full-service restaurant.
Frankfurt Airport
60549 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (069) 4500 2500
Web: www.hiltongardeninn.hilton.com

Meininger Hotel Frankfurt Airport
Close to Terminal 2, the 3-star Meininger Hotel Frankfurt Airport offers a shuttle service to the terminal (free from the airport but charged to the airport), as well as pool tables and meeting facilities.
Bessie-Coleman-Straße 11
60549 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (069) 9579 7965
Web: www.meininger-hotels.com

Hilton Frankfurt Airport
Linked to Terminal 1 by a covered walkway, the 5-star Hilton Frankfurt Airport offers a 24-hour business centre, meeting facilities and a fitness centre. On-site dining is available at a restaurant serving freshly-baked bread and at the bistro/lounge bar in the lobby.
Frankfurt Airport
60549 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (069) 2601 2000
Web: www1.hilton.com
Full airport nameFrankfurt Airport
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