Public transport in the city is expensive, but efficient, consisting of an integrated network of fast, modern underground U-Bahn lines, S-Bahn city trains, trams and buses that operate from 4am to 2am. Several night bus routes also operate from 1am. Fares are standard and are based on a zone system; most tickets are valid for an hour and can be used for any amount of transfers between all modes of public transport within that time. Tickets must be bought prior to boarding. The Frankfurt Card (available from the tourist office) is good value, allowing for unlimited travel within greater Frankfurt, plus airport shuttle transport and discounted admission to museums. Taxis are safe and plentiful, but expensive. Driving a car in the city involves rush hour congestion, expensive parking lots and confusing road systems, so it's best to park and use public transport.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
220 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash. The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily.
The international access code for Germany is +49. Telephone numbers in Germany can range from four to nine digits. There are surcharges on international calls made from hotels; it is often cheaper to use public telephone boxes in post offices, which use phone cards. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.
Emergencies: 110 (Police); 112 (Ambulance/Fire)
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Frankfurt has a temperate continental climate, characterised by warm summers with occasional wet days, and cold winters. Temperatures are not extreme and almost never severe. Summers are sunny and warm but can also be quite wet, with frequent rain and sometimes quite high humidity. Winters are fairly cold and can bring occasional violent storms; light snowfall is to be expected and it can get windy which adds to the chill factor. The average temperature in mid-winter (January) is 34°F (1°C), and in mid-summer (July) the average temperature is 66°F (19°C). Although summer is definitely the best time to visit Frankfurt, it is also the most popular time and it can get busy, crowded and expensive. Outside of this period, visitors can get pleasant weather and plenty of sunshine in spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October).
Frankfurt Airport has trains from two railway stations: the long-distance railway station is at the AIRail Terminal; and there is a local railway station for S-Bahn, regional, and local trains at Terminal 1, Level 1. Both railway stations are linked to Terminal 2 via buses and the Sky Line. Buses leave regularly for Frankfurt and other destinations from outside Terminals 1 and 2; tickets can be bought from the bus driver. Airline shuttles, including Lufthansa Airport Shuttle and Hahn Airport shuttle, depart from Terminal 1 outside Arrival Hall B.
Car hire companies represented in both terminals at the airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
Taxis can be found outside either terminal and will take 20-30 minutes for the eight mile (13km) drive to the city centre. Taxis are metered.
The two terminals are connected by the Sky Line people mover.
Frankfurt Airport is one of the best-equipped airports in the world; it even offers a casino. There are numerous restaurants, shops, bars and cafes in both terminals, and banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are in both Arrivals and Departures. A business centre offers internet, fax and secretarial facilities. Other facilities include a hairdresser, chapel and children's play areas.
Each terminal at Frankfurt International Airport has its own parking facility; 30 minutes costs between €2.50 and €5, and charges are between €4 and €5 per hour thereafter. Long-term parking starts from €25.50 per day and the more distant parking lots are connected to the terminals by free shuttle services.
Free wifi is available at hotspots throughout the airport.