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 Central European Time: GMT/UTC +1 (GMT/UTC +2 from March 30 to October 26, 2014)
MapFrankfurt Airport
LocationFrankfurt Airport is located 12 km (8 miles) southwest of Frankfurt city center.
Airport codeFRA
Airport newsFollowing completion of an extension of Terminal 1 late in 2012, work will begin on construction of a third terminal in 2015.
Transfer between terminalsFree SkyLine shuttle trains run between the terminals (travel 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; access the airport via the federal B43 road, which connects directly to the city center. The A67, serving destinations in the south, connects with the A5.
Car rentalCar rental companies at Frankfurt Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, and Sixt; these agencies have desks in the arrivals areas of both terminals. Additionally, Thrifty is present 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 bay in front of the arrivals/departures halls of Terminal 2. The travel time to central Frankfurt is about 25 minutes, and the fare is €4.25. Bus 61 serves Frankfurt-Südbahnhof, bus 900 serves Obertshausen-Bahnhof, bus 73 serves Kelsterbach and the Darmstadt Airliner runs to Darmstadt.
Shuttle: There are Lufthansa (tel: (06152) 976 900; www.transcontinental-group.com) shuttles to Hahn Airport, Heidelberg, Mannheim, and Strasbourg, stopping in front of Arrivals Hall B, Terminal 1.
Taxi: Taxis are readily available outside both terminals (travel time to the city center: 20–30 minutes; fare: from €30).
Rail: 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 Frankfurt’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) (travel time: 15 minutes; fare: €4.25). Trains also run to Offenbach, Hanau, Rüsselsheim, Mainz, and Wiesbaden. RegionalExpress (RE) and StadtExpress (SE) trains serve many other destinations. The long-distance train station (platforms 4–7) is linked to Terminal 1 via a connector building. From here, a number of high-speed ICE trains depart to the central stations of Cologne (travel time: 1 hour) and Stuttgart (travel time: 75 minutes) with connections further afield in Germany and across Europe. These services are operated by Deutsche Bahn (tel: 01806 996 633; www.bahn.de).
Car parkingThere are a total of 14,000 parking spaces at Frankfurt Airport. Substantial discounts apply for parking booked in advance (tel: (069) 6907 8888). Each of the terminals has either a multistory parking garage or an underground parking lot providing direct 24-hour access to the terminal, or both: Parking facilities P1, P2, P3, P4, and P5 serve Terminal 1, while P8 and P9 are close to Terminal 2. There are reserved parking spaces for female drivers in P1, P4, and P5 and a secure parking lot at Terminal 1, operated 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 touchscreen information kiosks situated throughout both terminals.
Airport FacilitiesMoney: Numerous banks, bureaux de change, and ATMs are available in Terminals 1 and 2, both before and after the security screening areas. A number of major German banks offer a range of services at their branches in the Frankfurt Airport Center (FAC), opposite Terminal 1.
Communications: Postal services are available throughout Frankfurt Airport. 3C Communications provides credit card phone, fax, and Internet connections 24 hours a day. Deutsche Telekom also provides Internet ports at some gates. Thirty minutes of free wireless Internet access is provided (a fee applies thereafter).
Food: Restaurants, bars, and cafés can be found throughout both terminals. Some of these eateries are open 24 hours a day. Among the options are restaurants serving Asian cuisine, an ice cream parlor, and a sports bar serving American classics.
Shopping: There are more than 130 shops at Frankfurt Airport, spread between the terminals. These include fashion boutiques, duty-free outlets (for passengers leaving the EU), and newsstands. The Shopping Plaza on level 2 of Terminal 2 offers a wide range of retail options.
Luggage: Porter services are available from AHS (tel: (069) 6902 2212) and Securitas (tel: (069) 6902 1300). Trolleys (requiring a €2 deposit) are located throughout Frankfurt Airport. The lost property office (tel: (069) 6906 6359) is situated on the first level of Terminal 1. A 24-hour left-luggage service (tel: (069) 6907 3277) is available in both terminals.
Other facilities: There are pharmacies and a 24-hour medical clinic in Terminal 1. There are hairdressers and a nail studio in Terminal 1 for those seeking a spot of pampering before their flight; those feeling lucky can head to the casino in the same terminal. Travel agencies are on hand in both terminals for reservations and information. For those traveling with kids, children's play areas are located at various points in Frankfurt Airport; baby-changing rooms and stroller rental are available at the left-luggage offices in both terminals. Those accompanied by canine friends can make use of the new dog-only hotel, which has 25 kennels for day or overnight stays, while the owner can stay in comfort at on-site accommodation.
Conference and business facilitiesThe Airport Conference Center (tel: (069) 6907 0500; www.acc-frankfurt.de) in Frankfurt Airport Center (across a pedestrian bridge from Terminal 1) offers 35 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 available 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 traveling with Lufthansa are permitted to use a dedicated area adjacent to Terminal 1. 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 elevator and ramp access, electric buggies, automatic doors, lowered telephones, dedicated toilets, and reserved parking. Wheelchair accompaniment services are available on request (tel: (069) 6906 6666). Disabled passengers should inform the relevant airline of any assistance required at least 48 hours prior to their arrival at Frankfurt Airport. Behinderten–und Krankentransport Kaster (tel: (060) 7481 4544) offers transport services to and from the airport for disabled travelers. There is also a door-to-door wheelchair-accessible bus service (tel: (069) 979 8770) equipped with an ambulance lift. The SkyLine shuttle train is wheelchair accessible.
Airport hotelsThere is a good selection of hotels near Frankfurt Airport, including some on-site options. 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 center, and 38 conference rooms, the 550-room Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt is a short distance from the airport and is linked to it by a free shuttle bus service.
Unterschweinstiege 16
60549 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: (069) 69750.
Web: www.steigenberger.com

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel
The Sheraton couldn't be closer to the action at Frankfurt Airport with its covered walkway connecting the 1,000-room hotel to Terminal 1. This large hotel has 60 banqueting/event rooms, as well as a range of dining and entertainment options.
Hugo-Eckener-Ring 15
60549 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: (069) 69770.
Web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Intercity Hotel at Cargo City Süd
The mid-range Intercity Hotel at Cargo City Süd is located near Frankfurt Airport and has a restaurant, fitness area, and 14 conference rooms. Guests can request free local travel passes, and the hotel operates a regular shuttle service (for a fee) to and from the airport.
Am Luftbrückendenkmal 1 CargoCity Süd
60549 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: (069) 697 099.
Web: www.intercityhotel.com

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
Located in the SQUAIRE building above the train station, the Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport has direct pedestrian access to Terminal 1. Business and meeting facilities are available for use by those on business, while those seeking to relax will enjoy the fitness room, pool, and full-service restaurant.
Frankfurt Airport, The SQUAIRE
60549 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: (069) 4500 2500.
Web: hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com

Meininger Hotel Frankfurt Airport
Close to Terminal 2, the budget Meininger Hotel Frankfurt Airport provides underground parking and meeting facilities. The shuttle, which is available for a fee, serves the airport but does not stop at Terminal 1.
Bessie-Coleman-Strasse 11
60549 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: (069) 9579 7965.
Web: www.meininger-hotels.com

Hilton Frankfurt Airport
Linked to Terminal 1 by a covered walkway, the Hilton Frankfurt Airport offers a 24-hour business center, meeting facilities, and a fitness center. On-site dining is available at a restaurant serving freshly baked bread and buffet lunches, as well as at the bistro/lounge bar in the lobby.
Frankfurt Airport, The SQUAIRE
60549 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: (069) 2601 2000.
Web: www3.hilton.com
Full airport nameFrankfurt Airport
State or provinceGermany
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