Frankfurt airport - Distance between gates

Old Aug 15th, 2011, 09:55 AM
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Frankfurt airport - Distance between gates

We should arrive from DFW on Lufthansa to Terminal 1 and continue our travel to Rome (FCO) from the same terminal . Please advise me how long it will take to walk without main luggage between arrival and departure points (we are good walkers). Should we expect a passport control between arrival and departure gates? Thank you,
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Old Aug 15th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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You need to allow 2 hours, the airport is a jumble of going through passport control, security, one terminal to another. I have done it in 45min on a dead run, but don't advise it, 2 hours gives you time not to fret if the lines are not moving ( and a lot of time there are very slow) and to get back through security again if needed and on to your gate.
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Old Aug 15th, 2011, 10:35 AM
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It's a little less drama than PP makes it sound.

In general, FRA has an odd layout, is not too convenient. So that sometimes adds to some people's impression that it takes long to get from A to B.

You will arrive at the "non-Schengen" section of Terminal 1, which should be pier B or pier C.
Your flight to Rome shall depart from pier A.
(Caveat: You ALWAYS need to check the gate on your boarding pass against the displays after arrival!)

First step will be immigration / passport control.
This will also be your last passport control, and you won't do another in Rome.

You will also go through aregular security checkpoint. Don't hold up the line by taking your shoes off. That's only necessary if you wear big boots or footwear with metal on it.

To get to your departure gate can sometimes involve a walk, sometimes thru a pedestrian tunnel, sometimes with a people mover.

Pier A of Terminal 1 is a long pier - so you cannot say in advance if you have to walk zero or 10 yards or 300 yards to the gate once you get there.

All in all, 90 minutes are fine to transfer.
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Old Aug 15th, 2011, 01:19 PM
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I have missed 2hr connections due to late arriving flights, and made 45min connections when everything is on time.

Incoming to FRA I've never had to hoof it from pier C, which is definitely a longer walk than if your flight arrives at B.

I would have no concerns with 90min connection.

If you have a tight connection then be sure to notify Lufthansa ground staff up on arrival. They can't hold up the departing flight for you but they can a) notify the departure gate you are enroute and b) escort you through some shortcuts.

I've had Lufthansa staff sprint with me for tight connections on more than one occasion.
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