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Train from Frankfurt airport to Frankfurt train station

Old Feb 11th, 2014, 04:43 PM
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Train from Frankfurt airport to Frankfurt train station

I will be arriving in the Frankfurt airport on Monday AM. What train do I take to the Frankfurt train station, and where do I buy tickets?
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Old Feb 11th, 2014, 04:52 PM
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You follow the signs for trains to the lower level. There are ticket machines on that level. I believe the train leaves from platform 1 but there are transit people whom you can ask or ask anyone waiting for the train. It's very easy to do. If you're concerned about the language have a piece of paper with Frankfurt Hbf written on it and show it to anyone.
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You might find this website (timetables, network maps) helpful. There are actually a lot of trains, but this will allow you to pick the best one for your timing. There are not only S-Bahn trains (local rail), as well as ICE trains (inter-City Express, or high-speed trains linking major cities) but also RE (regional trains). If you click on the arrows on the left-hand side when the results come up they will tell you which station to go to (either 'Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen Fernbahnhof', Frankfurt on the Main airport long-distance station, or 'Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen Regionalbahnhof', regional station).


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There are two "train" stations at FRA airport. For this particular trip, FRA to Frankfurt HBF, you take "S-bahn" train at Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen Regionalbahnhof as described by the previous poster. Here is the photo.
See two groups of train icons? The bottom one with two train icons have "S" next to it. It is the one you want for this segment. The Tadpole shaped structure at the top of the photo is for long distance trains.

However, where are you heading once you get to the Frankfurt HBF main train station?

If you are heading to Frankfurt HBF in order to continue your journey by train to somewhere else, then depending on where you are heading, you might find a better connection by starting from the Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof (the Tadpole station.)
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Here are detailed instructions:

It is quite fast to get into Frankfurt from the airport, with a train only taking 11 min. (3 stops from the airport) to the Main Train Station - Hauptbahnhof, or a few minutes more (5 stops from the airport) if you would like to get off at the Hauptwache or the next stop Konstablerwache (6 stops from the airport). There is usually a train every 15 min. and they run from very early in the morning (04:15) til quite late at night, about 01:00 or so.

How to find the train station in the airport? To start with, there are two train stations. If you are just coming into Frankfurt or going to Mainz or Wiesbaden, you should follow the signs for Regional Trains or S-Bahn. (look for the big green S) This station is under Terminal 1 by Arrival Hall B-1, and the signs will be in English. Just take the escalator downstairs and for Frankfurt, go to track #1. For Mainz or Wiesbaden, you would go to track #3. This is where the S-bahns 8 and 9 normally stop. There is also an RMV ticket machine here. Regional trains may also stop here and the ones that are on track #2 are usually going to stop at the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. You can ride these too with your ticket.

If you are catching a long distance train - like the ICE, it will most likely arrive at the Fernbahnhof - or Long Distance Train station. Again, follow the signs, though this is located sort of across from Terminal 1.

If you land at Terminal 2, simply take the Sky Train, a fun little monorail over to Terminal 1. If you have kids, they will love this monorail. It should only take about 5-6 minutes to go from Terminal 2 down to the Regional Train station.

Cost - a single ticket, one way (einzel fahrt) costs 4.35 €. This ticket will take you into Frankfurt city center by train, and is also valid to get to your final destination by tram, bus, S-bahn or U-bahn, as long as you keep traveling without a break. An all day ticket (Ganz Tag) for one person that includes travel to and from the airport as well as all public transportation in the city, is 8.50 euro. Going to Mainz or Wiesbaden will cost the same amount. This is a better deal than buying 2 one-way tickets.

A group day ticket, called an "All Day Collective Ticket" on the ticket machine (gruppen karte) costs 15.00 €. This ticket is good for up to 5 people and is valid all day long, getting to and from the airport and on all forms of transportation in Frankfurt. A good choice for 2 or more people. These are NOT 24 hour tickets, they are only good for the day of purchase until the trains, etc. stop running for the day, usually around 1 a.m. Going to Mainz or Wiesbaden from the airport costs the same amount as going to Frankfurt.

The RMV and DB share ticket machines and they are all touch screens. They switch into English and are fairly user friendly. The machines take coins, 5 and 10 euro bills for single tickets and if you are getting a group ticket it will take a 20 € bill. It will NOT take a 50 € bill. Change will be in coins.

RMV machines do not take American credit cards for local travel, but the DB does if you are buying a long distance train ticket.

In Frankfurt, you do not need to validate your ticket like in some other cities in Germany. It is all on the honor system. If you do not have a ticket though, you will be fined 40 euro immediately.

There is a DB Travel Center located right next to the escalators for the Regional Train Station. They can print your tickets for you (this will cost you 2 euro), take credit cards for payments and give you information about schedules and so on.
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Old Feb 13th, 2014, 04:38 PM
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This information has all been very helpful. Thanks.
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