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Frankfurt Layover

| January 5, 2015

Frankfurt layovers at the Frankfurt International Airport offer travelers lots to do both inside and outside the airport. As one of the busiest airports in the world, the Frankfurt International Airport serves as a hub for the major German carrier, Lufthansa. The airport is located roughly 8 miles from downtown Frankfurt which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Frankfurt layover, click here for useful tips.

Frankfurt layover stopover things to doIf you’re stuck inside the Frankfurt airport during your layover, there’s plenty of duty free shopping as well as restaurants. Click here for a list of the airport’s shops from A-Z and here for a list of food and beverages. Many are open 24/7.

For those stuck on an overnight Frankfurt layover, and looking for things to do, click here.

To help bide the time during your Frankfurt layover, the airport offers a casino, called Players Island, in Terminal 1, Area B, Level 0 with the latest generation of slot machines, BigCash Club, Internet terminals and more. There are also a number of beauty and relaxation services including massage options at Be Relax, a nail salon, and more.

In addition, the airport offers dry cleaning, clothing alteration, pharmacy and money exchange. There are also over 30 travel agents at the airport. The Frankfurt airport also has a Travel Market on Sundays from 10am to 6pm in Terminal 1, Section C, Level 3 (Airport Gallery).

You can take a tour of the Frankfurt airport during your layover with an Airport Sightseeing Tour where you can choose from a number of tours including a mini-tour, a maxi-tour, a night/sunset tour and more.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are a number of hotels in the area for varying price points. For a comprehensive list of Frankfurt’s hotels, click here and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.

If you want to ditch your luggage while you explore Frankfurt during your layover, you can drop them off at left luggage facilities. There are two – one is located in Terminal 1 (Hall B, Level 1 Arrivals and Hall B-C, Level 2 Departures) and the other in Terminal 2 (Hall D, Level 2 Arrivals).

As far as transportation, there are many options available in Frankfurt including rental car, train, bus or shuttle, taxi, and bicycle. The train is at the AIRail Terminal right next to Terminal One, and trains arrive on platforms 4 and 7. Taxis are available outside both terminals around the clock and cost about 25 euros for 20-30 minute taxi rides. Click here for more information on each transportation option. Private transfers can also be arranged.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Frankfurt Layover:

Frankfurt Tours
There are a ton of tours available in Frankfurt, based on your interest. There are bus and walking tours, segway tours, boat rides, day trips, helicopter rides, biking tours, cultural, food, wine, and nightlife tours and tons more!

Römerberg is the central square in Old Town Frankfurt. Festivals are held here including the Christmas market. You can check out the Historisches Museum and the Fountain of Justice.

Considered to be Germany’s most extraordinary club combined with great dining, The CocoonClub is a great option for those with a night layover in Frankfurt. Its futuristic décor, it is known as being of the hottest clubs in Europe.

Frankfurt Klein Markt Halle
Visit this popular produce market with stalls of delicious food, located on Hasengasse. In addition there are street markets in Bornheim on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and a large one held on the Konstablerwache on Thursdays and on the Schiller Strasse on Fridays.

Appearing to be more of a castle then a museum, the Liebeighaus hosts an impressive collection of sculptures. It offers an overview of 5000 years of sculpture from ancient Egypt to classicism.

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  1. Jo says:

    Go on a walking tour with Frankfurt on Foot. They walk 365 days a year, starting at 10:30 near the Roemer. At 12 euro per person for a 3 hour tour, it is a bargain. Don't have time for that? Arrange a layover tour instead, they will come out to the airport and bring you into town at a very reasonable cost. See their website:

  2. arie says:

    Also very close to Mainz and accessible by S-Bahn.
    There’s the Gutenberg Museum and gorgeous historical centre.

  3. Jo says:

    If you want to take the train into Frankfurt from the airport, you need to go to the Regional Train station located under Terminal 1, Arrivals B-1. All the trains from track 1, will take you into Frankfurt. Recommend an all day ticket for 1 person for 8 euro or a group day ticket for 2-5 people for 14.90 euro.

    Trains run every 15 min. and it will take between 11-13 min. depending on where you get off the train. The main train station is just 3 stops or 11 min. The city center, the Hauptwache, is 5 stops and 13 min.

    • Robert says:

      Jo, thank you for the information on the trains into Frankfurt. You should be writing this information for the Frankfurt Airport website instead of the NON-HELP information and links that go nowhere or vague, at best.


  4. arizona says:

    True Robert.
    There’s often uptodat info about Frankfurt Airport on Thorn Tree Forum of Lonely Planet. sometimes, for general info I refer to this Layover guide.
    Cheers, arie

  5. Marion says:

    Best regards from Frankfurt!

    Depending of time-frame during your layover, personal interest and condition after a long flight you have many different options to spend the time.
    Working as a tour guide in the Frankfurt Wiesbaden area since 12 years I have many suggestions. If you wish some info – send me an e-mail. If you wish to be taken on an indiviudual tour by either car or train – let me know and you will get an entertaining private tour, taylored upon your request.
    I often take travellers to the Rhinevalley incl. cable-car ride and river-cruise or visit of premium wine estates. This can be done within a 6-7 hours layover in FRA!

    [email protected]

  6. Mike says:

    I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old and we are doing a 6 hour layover before getting on a 10hr flight. My main interest is in them running around and spending energy and not going to stores where I have to “keep them in check”. Are there any playlands etc in the area that can be recommended?


  7. Brad Farrar says:

    If you layover with an overnight in Frankfurt on your way to the states from Spain can you get an exemption from the German departure tax? Refund procedure?


  8. William (Bill) Merry says:

    Arriving FRA United flt. LH733, 5:20 AM. Want to have breakfast at local restaurant, then walking tour of historic sites of city. Can take train to downtown from airport. Is anybody interested in meeting me as a tour guide so early in the morning?

  9. Mcbohn says:

    We have an 11 hour layover in Frankfurt. We are US passport holders…flight from US to Canada to Frankfurt and then on to the UAE…will we need a visa to leave the airport and visit the area?

  10. Rich Anyell says:

    There’s an inexpensive eBook out titled “The Long Layover Guide to Frankfurt and the Frankfurt Airport” which details doing a quick trip of the city in between flights and also gives information on navagating the airport. I thought it was worth the read for 99 cents.

  11. Anne says:

    I have a 3-4 hour layover in Frankfort and would like to go into the City for a great meal. If someone could recommend their top 5 restaurants in a great part of the City, please reply below!