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


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