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Römer Square, Frankfurt am Main
 

Practical info Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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. The U-Bahn and buses operate between about 4am and 1am, and there are also several night bus routes. 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.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

Electricity

220-230 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 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.

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/Fire)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

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 in Terminal 1. Both railway stations are linked to Terminal 2. Buses leave regularly for Frankfurt and other destinations from outside Terminals 1 and 2; tickets can be bought from the bus driver. Various shuttles also operate from the airport, some run by airlines.

Car rental

Car hire companies are represented in both terminals.

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.

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 between €2.50 and €5, and charges are between €4 and €5 per hour thereafter. Long-term parking starts from €26 per day and the more distant parking lots are connected to the terminals by free shuttle services.

Internet

Free wifi is available at hotspots throughout the airport.