Got a Frankfurt airport layover? This post is for you! Last week my husband and I flew to Frankfurt with Lufthansa on a project. It was a crazy whirlwind of travel and due to events, we were only able to spend one night in Frankfurt before we had to fly back to the United States. While researching things to do on a short layover in Frankfurt, I noticed that a LOT of flights around the world frequently use Frankfurt for layovers.
Despite the popularity of this airport, I couldn’t find a concise list of fun things to do on a 5 or 8-hour layover in Frankfurt and how to optimize time. So, I was inspired to share my own guide of Frankfurt layover things to do (instead of sitting in the airport!)
Read on for transportation tips, must-sees, fantastic eats and recommendations on how to manage your time while having a layover in Frankfurt, Germany! Don’t sit in the airport, go explore with my travel tips! You can leave the airport during a layover and Frankfurt is the perfect city to do this in.
TRANSPORTATION – GETTING INTO FRANKFURT
Can you leave the airport during a layover in Frankfurt? Of course! You just have to be prepared to go through Frankfurt International Airport security again and to lug around any carryon suitcases.
The fastest way to get into Frankfurt city center is via taxi. Uber and Lyft don’t operate in Frankfurt, so a traditional taxi is the one to take. Find them outside the airport near the hotel shuttles. It will cost you about 30 Euros to get into the city and will take about 20 minutes.
It’s the more expensive option, but if you are running on a tight schedule, sometimes it’s worth it to pay a little extra to get more time to explore and visit Frankfurt sightseeing.
If you are on a budget or have a longer layover (say, a 12 hour layover in Frankfurt) the S-Bahn train takes you right into downtown Frankfurt. Follow the signs out of your terminal and to the train station. They run every 15 minutes and tickets prices are €3.80.
THINGS TO DO IN FRANKFURT – THE MUST DO LIST
Of all the Frankfurt attractions, tours and places to visit in Frankfurt, the old town took my heart. I recommend that you Immediately head to Römer, the old historic area of the city. You’ll want to spend the majority of your time here as it’s the most charming, original and European part of the city. Even locals don’t even consider Frankfurt to be the most beautiful city in Europe, and I think that’s true – in many areas, it looks like just any other large city. But, Römerberg is unique and full of beauty.