Getting around in Frankfurt: info, costs and advice

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E' one of the largest cities in Germany, rich in history and culture: we are talking about Frankfurt. It is divided into three different areas: the old city in full German style, the cultural area full of museums and the economic area with offices and skyscrapers. Crossed by the River Main, it is a city with a romantic and evocative atmosphere, famous for being the birthplace of the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Here is a guide on how to move in Frankfurt: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Frankfurt
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The main attractions are located in the center of Frankfurt. IS' ideal for walking around as it has quite small dimensions. For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you take part in a welcome tour with a local guide, in order to identify landmarks and learn about the history and attractions of the city. Alternatively, there's the evergreen hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.

Frankfurt is a bike-friendly city: if you like cycling, opt for the bicycle, thanks to the excellent bike sharing service and the many cycle paths in the city! Also in this case, for a first approach with cycle paths and urban roads, we recommend a guided tour by bike or e-bike.

For more distant neighborhoods and suburban attractions, use public transport: metro, trams and trains. And treat yourself to a panoramic boat tour, to admire the city from another perspective!

Finally, we recommend the purchase of the Frankfurt Card, which includes thefree use of all public transport for its entire duration (including transport from the airport), plus discounts and concessions for affiliated attractions and activities!

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot in the center, metro, tram, bike
  • Solutions and means not recommended: taxi and car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Frankfurt Card (from € 11,00 -), weekly metro pass (from € 22,40)

How to get from the airport to the center of Frankfurt

Frankfurt is mainly served by two airports: from Frankfurt Hahn, in German Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn, and from Frankfurt International Airport, in German Flughafen Frankfurt am Main.

Il Frankfurt Hahn it is located 120 km from the city, in the Land Rhineland-Palatinate, and mainly low cost airlines such as Ryanair operate here. L'Frankfurt am Main airport, on the other hand, is the most important city airport, as well as being theGermany's largest airport, and is located 12 km from the center.

Frankfurt am Main

  • Distance from the center: 12 km / travel time: 11 min
  • By train: S8 or S9 lines / ticket cost: € 4,95
  • By taxi: average cost € 30,00 / travel time: 30 min
  • By bus: average cost € 8,00 / lines 751, 752, DLH, 77,72, 73, n81, 58 OF64, n72, OF67, 62, n7, 651, 61, Airliner
  • Private transfer: private transfer to Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Hahn

  • Distance from the center: 120 km / travel time: 1 h 30 min
  • By taxi: average cost € 100,00 / travel time: 1 h 30 min
  • By bus: average cost € 16,00 / Bohr company in collaboration with Flibco

How to get around on foot

Frankfurt is one city ​​on a human scale, to be visited definitely on foot. The small size of its center and the romantic bridges that cross the river Main make comfortable shoes almost mandatory. Strolling through the streets of the city will be a continuous discovery of picturesque nuances and details.

For a first approach to the city, we advise you to opt for a welcome tour with a local guide, in order to discover every corner of the city and settle in during the first day!

However, some suburbs that absolutely deserve to be visited, such as Hochst, where there is a historic porcelain factory and a wonderful castle, but it is necessary to use the means.

For others itineraries on foot, download our Smart Guide to visiting Frankfurt for free.

How to get around by bicycle

Alternatively, you can also discover the city by bike! Frankfurt's cycle network is the Mainredweg and is very extensive, almost 600 km of safe slopes. The route is flat and runs from Bamberg to Seligenstadt, passing through the city center.

It's possible rent different types of bicycles, according to the needs or age of the driver: from electric bikes to cycling bikes, from those for children to hybrid bikes, with different price ranges suitable for all budgets.

For a first approach to cycle paths and urban roads, we recommend first taking a guided tour by bike or e-bike.

Con i mezzi pubblici

The city is served by a efficient public transport system, which includes buses, trains, trams and metro and is based on a single tariff system for each area of ​​the city.

This system divides the city into various areas and the farther the destination is from the center, the higher the ticket price will be. Prices therefore vary according to your starting point and where you want to arrive. But, in the case of Frankfurt, all major attractions are located in zone 1, which includes all the most touristic central areas, so you don't have to worry about which ticket to buy.

If your time is short or if you want to enjoy a scenic ride, we recommend the hop-on hop-off tourist bus, so you can easily get near all the attractions! Also, don't forget that Frankfurt is crossed by the Main, the largest tributary of the Rhine, so you can't miss a wonderful panoramic boat tour!


The Frankfurt Metro is divided into U-Bahn (underground line) e S-Bahn (surface line). The first is over 57 km long and is divided into 9 lines, from U1 to U9, and 86 stations. The second, from S1 to S9, serves the Rhine-Main region and the city center and also connects Frankfurt to: Wiesbaden, Niedernhausen, Offenbach, Kronberg, Friedrichsdorf, Friedberg, Darmstadt, Hanau and Rodermark.

  • by 4: 00 1 to: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2,40
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily € 6,20, weekly € 22,40, monthly € 76,00


Bus transport in Frankfurt is divided into six bus stations: Central station Area A, B, D, E, SOUTH and WEST railway station, from which buses depart for all areas of the city. The scheduled departure frequency is about half an hour or a maximum of one hour, depending on the destination. There is also a night bus service, which operate from 1:00 onwards.

  • by 4: 00 1 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2,85
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily € 10,50, daily for groups of more than five people € 11,30


The Frankfurt tram network does divides into ten different lines: 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, which connect all parts of the city and operate from 4:00 to 1:00.

  • by 4: 00 1 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2,75

By car

In addition to 'heavy traffic and the presence of few and expensive parking spaces, one of the reasons why is car use in Frankfurt is not recommended it is also linked to the environmental issue.

In fact, legislation has recently been applied in more than 50 German cities according to which in restricted traffic areas you can only move with an environmental badge. These are 3 labels of different colors (red, yellow and green) depending on the type of polluting emissions of the vehicle. Depending on the type of restricted traffic area, only vehicles with a certain badge are allowed and the absence of it results in a fine.


The ZES is active in Frankfurt, that is Low Emission Zone, in German Umwelt Zone. These are areas established to hinder and limit air pollution. The environmental zone is bounded to the west by the A5, to the south by the A3 and to the north by the A661, while the motorways are not part of the environmental zone. Since 2018, they have also been introduced the blue environmental zones, or those to which circulation for diesel is prohibited. These areas vary according to the weather conditions.

In the city, transit is authorized only for vehicles with a green badge, in German indicated with the name of Feinstaub-Plakette. For further information and all updates, you can consult the classification table on the official website of the German Umwelt Plakette and the official website of the city of Frankfurt.

Stops and parking

I car parks in Frankfurt are very expensive. Therefore, if you arrive in the city already equipped with a car, the best solution therefore remains to find an accommodation that also includes a parking service for its guests.

Among the parking spaces located in strategic positions to visit Frankfurt there are: the Parkhaus Goetheplatz, underground car park open 24 hours a day with more than 500 spaces in the center, hourly rate 2,50 (Get directions); the Parkhaus Dom Römer, open from 06:00 - 00:00, in a fairly central position, with an hourly rate of 2,00 (Get directions); the Parkhaus Sandhofstraße APCOA, located on the edge of the limited traffic area, open 24 hours a day, with an hourly rate of 1,00, tram stop that takes you to the center in 2 minutes on foot (Get directions).

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