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Frankfurt/Main

Römer Square, Frankfurt am Main

Practical Info about Frankfurt/Main

Getting around the city

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. 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.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in April).

Electricity

220 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are 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.

Communication

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.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 112 (Ambulance)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Epiphany 6 Jan 6 Jan
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Whit Monday 9 Jun 25 May
Corpus Christi 19 Jun 4 Jun
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
Day of German Unity 3 Oct 3 Oct
Day of Reformation 31 Oct 31 Oct
All Saints Day 1 Nov 1 Nov
Day of Repentance and Prayer 19 Nov 18 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
St Stephens Day 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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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

www.frankfurt-airport.com

Getting to the city

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 rental

Car hire companies represented in both terminals at the airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

Airport taxi's

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 and prices are around €25 into town.

Transfer between terminals

The two terminals are connected by the Sky Line people mover.

Facilities

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.

Parking

Each terminal at Frankfurt International Airport has its own parking facility; 30 minutes costs €2.50, and charges are €4 per hour thereafter. Long-term parking is €25 per day; however, the Holiday Parking lot starts at €23.50 per day and €64 per week and is connected to the terminals by a free shuttle service.

Internet

Wifi is available for free for the first 60 minutes, after which 24 hours of access can be purchased for €4.95