Transportation to and from Frankfurt Airport


What is the distance from Frankfurt Airport to the centre of Frankfurt?

The airport is easily accessible by car, taxi and public transport. By car it takes 20 minutes to cover the distance (12 kilometres / 7.5 miles) between Frankfurt Airport and the centre of Frankfurt (Römerberg).

From FRA Airport to Frankfurt City centre by Car
12 km
20 min

Public transport

S-Bahn to Frankfurt

The easiest way to travel between the airport and Frankfurt is the S-Bahn. The commuter railway lines S8 and S9 leave from Regionalbahnhof under Terminal 1 in the direction of Offenbach Ost and Hanau. The first two stations from Frankfurt Airport are Stadion (Commerzbank-Arena, Eintracht Frankfurt) and Niederrad. The third stop after 12 minutes is Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, here you have the chance to change to S-Bahn, U-Bahn, train, tram and bus. If you need to be in Frankfurt’s city centre it is advised to get off at station Frankfurt Hauptwache after approximately 16 minutes.

Every 10 to 15 minutes a S-Bahn departs in both directions. In the other direction, you can travel every half a hour with S-Bahn 8 to Mainz and Wiesbaden, and with S-Bahn S9 to Wiesbaden.

A ticket costs € 4.90 for adults and € 2.85 for children (Preisstufe 4), tickets can be purchased from ticket machines on the stations. A day ticket costs € 9.10 (Tageskarte for one person) or € 15.80 (Gruppentageskarte for up to five people). Please consult website and timetable S-Bahn S8 and S9 for more information.

Railway stations at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport has two railway stations, namely Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof for long-distance trains at Level 1 of T1 and Frankfurt Flughafen Regionalbahnhof for regional trains and the S-Bahn beneath Airport City Mall of T1. The bus stops are located in front of the arrival halls of the airport, i.e. outside Level 1 of Terminal 1 and Level 2 of Terminal 2.

From train station Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof the cities of Koblenz (IC, 1 hour 13 minutes), Mannheim (ICE, 31 minutes) and Würzburg (ICE, 1 hour 25 minutes) are directly accessible. You have to change trains if you want to go to Kassel or Heidelberg by public transport. Please consult website Deutsche Bahn for more information.

TIP: If you want to use public transport more often and benefit from discounts on museums, city tours, restaurants, shops and more, then the Frankfurt Card for 1 day (€ 10.50) or 2 days (€ 15.50) is recommended. You can also use the card for the journey to and from Frankfurt Airport.

Bus services

AirLiner to Darmstadt

The AirLiner bus runs almost 40 times a day between Frankfurt Airport and the main railway station of Darmstadt. The bus leaves every 30 minutes; travel time is 30 minutes. On the route there are six stops, at Flughafen Terminal 1, Flughafen Tor 3, Flughafen Terminal 2, Darmstadt Mina-Rees-Strasse, Darmstadt Heinrich-Hertz-Strasse and Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof. Nowadays, the AirLiner bus makes two additional stops after Darmstadt Central Station, namely at Darmstadt Luisenplatz (centre of the city) and Darmstadt Kongresszentrum (Darmstadtium science and congress centre). The prices for the AirLiner are listed below. You don’t have to worry about traffic, you can relax and enjoy Free WiFi. Please consult website and timetable AirLiner for more information.

Prices Single Return
Adults € 8.70 € 17.40
Children, 6 up to 14 years € 6.65 € 13.30


Frankfurt Card: Experience Frankfurt at the Best Price

€ 10.50

Explore Frankfurt with the Frankfurt Card! Enjoy free public transportation and discounts at museums, city tours, restaurants, and other attractions. Choose either an individual card (1 person) or a group card (2-5 persons), for 1 or 2 days.

Frankfurt Scary Tour

€ 9

Let professional masked actors take you on a scary journey through the old town of Frankfurt. Hear about interesting aspects of Frankfurt's history and see the main city sights as find yourself in the middle of a self-written, satirical theater-play.

Frankfurt: Sightseeing and Medieval Comedy "The Bathmaster"

€ 14.50

Learn about the Medieval history of Frankfurt through a tour that combines theater with a traditional sight-seeing tour. Walk through Frankfurt with the city's "Executioner" and meet other colorful characters along the way.


Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

€ 11.90

Experience the bustling city of Frankfurt on a discovery tour by double-decker bus. Choose between a hop-on hop-off Skyline Tour or a hop-on hop-off Express Tour through the bustling city center.

Frankfurt: Unique E-Bikes Tours

€ 27

Discover Frankfurt with the wind in your hair aboard a unique e-bike. Either rent alone and explore Frankfurt your way, or rent an e-bike with a multilingual tour guide to experience the city in an entirely new light. The choice is yours!

Frankfurt: Food Hopping Tour of Soul Food and Cult Drinks

€ 75

Explore the culinary side of Frankfurt. Follow your guide through the heart of Frankfurt on an entertaining discovery. Enjoy a proper multi-course-menu, served in the classical order, by visiting a new location for every course.

Tours and transport

Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

€ 9.90

Cruise the River Main in Frankfurt for spectacular views of the city’s skyline. Available as a 1-hour or 2-hour tour, see sights such as the pubs of Sachsenhausen and European Central Bank. Jump off at Gerbermühle and learn about the poet Goethe.

Frankfurt: Old Town Guided Walk

€ 15.90

Discover the best way to explore Frankfurt's old town and its most important attractions during a 90-minute guided walking tour. Stroll through the historic streets with a certified guide as you learn about the city's incredible buildings and monuments.

1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

€ 9.80

Enjoy a unique 1-hour panorama cruise on the River Main through Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt. Get to know the Frankfurt metropolis by boat and learn the sometimes surprising stories behind its best-loved attractions.


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