Changing Planes in Frankfurt

Old Jun 16th, 2011, 07:17 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Changing Planes in Frankfurt

We're flying from the US to Naples, Italy in Sept. and our route goes through Frankfurt, Germany. We have about a 2 hour layover.

I've only been to Europe once, but never had to change planes.

Do you go through customs in Frankfurt and then again in Italy? If so, is it pretty efficient and should 2 hours be enough time?

ShellRay is offline  
Old Jun 16th, 2011, 07:28 AM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 436
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Unless you're smuggling contraband, customs is normally a matter of passing through a green door.

Immigration is what takes the time. You'll pass through that in Frankfurt, and it can take a while, especially if there are several planes arriving at the same time. It can take up to an hour.
mjdh1957 is offline  
Old Jun 16th, 2011, 07:29 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5,553
Likes: 0
Received 6 Likes on 1 Post
You go through Immigration (get your passport stamped) in Frankfurt. You enter Italy and don't get a second glance from anyone. You only get checked once, at the first stop into the EU. 2 hours is more than enough time. Just be aware that most US flights arrive about the same time, so it can get crowded.
amyb is online now  
Old Jun 16th, 2011, 07:29 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,407
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What you go through is passport control, as Frankfurt will be your entry point for Schengen area (of which Italy and Germany are a part). There will also be security check. Your luggage, if on the same airline or part of same global alliance, will most likely be checked through to Italy, so you go through (virtually non-existant) customs at Naples.
If you are transferring from LH to LH or within Star Alliance, you won't leave Terminal 1, and while FRA is a busy and a bit confusing airport, 2 hours is more than ample. Make sure you cjeck the departure board to ensure that your gate hasn't changed from the one printed on your boarding pass. Minimum connection time I believe is 45 min, and they are quite good at ferrying people promptly through security to your gate if your incoming flight is delayed.
Alec is online now  
Old Jun 16th, 2011, 07:40 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,353
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Two hours is plenty of time, even if your plane is, say, 30 or 45 minutes late.

When you get off the plane in Frankfurt, the first thing to do is to check the airport monitors for the departure gate for the Naples flight. The departure gate will begin with either A or B (for example, A24, or B18). Once you know the departure gate, look for the signs directing you to that gate, and follow those signs.

At some point along the way, you will come to a passport checkpoint. In all likelihood, you will not have to go through a security check if you have arrived in Hall A or Hall B.

Although you have plenty of time, be aware that some gates are very far apart, especially if you have to go from Hall A to Hall B (or vice-versa), or if you are unlucky enough to arrive in Hall C.
DonTopaz is offline  
Old Jun 16th, 2011, 07:55 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5,969
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You might be in Terminal 1, but Terminal 1 has concourses A and B which are quite far from each other connected by a tram as well as by an underground passage. I have gone to Italy via FRA on Lufthansa and I have had variations of concourse A to B, B to A, and B to B changes. A-B changes require going through a general passport control and a security check which is usually busy and time consuming. For a B to B change, there is ANOTHER passport control station in the middle of the concourse B. This one is smaller but often quicker to go through - if you can find it. You still go through a security check.

The FRA map,, shows this second passport control under Border Control in concourse B on upper deck just below the letter "i".

I learned about the second passport control on concourse B by asking a Lufthansa staff as I got off the plane. They can tell you if that option is appropriate for your change.
greg is offline  
Old Jun 17th, 2011, 04:00 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,141
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thank you for the Airport map I will be there in September and hoping to catch the Lufthansa bus to Strasbourg
aussie_10 is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Feb 11th, 2014 08:49 AM
Nov 17th, 2010 07:47 AM
Air Travel
Jun 19th, 2008 03:43 AM
Air Travel
Jul 23rd, 2007 09:13 AM
Jul 26th, 2002 09:17 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:02 PM.