Frankfurt is one of the most important cities in Germany and offers a variety of attractions, from shopping to events. The close proximity to the Frankfurt Main International Airport also makes it a great spot to spend a day or two between destinations.
You can enjoy Frankfurt all year round. The winters are generally colder than in the UK and the summers warmer. February to March is carnival time in Germany, and Frankfurt has many places to celebrate. In March and April, many enjoy visiting the "Dippemess," which is a large festival in the Rhine-Main area.
There are two Frankfurt airports. Frankfurt Main Airport is the closest to the city centre and easy to reach via public transport. Frankfurt Hahn Airport is used by low-cost carriers and is a 2 hour drive from the city. Happily, the cost of living in Frankfurt is generally lower than in the UK. Restaurant prices are also more affordable.
The public transport system in Germany is very good and Frankfurt is a great example of this. Getting around with the tram, S-Bahn, underground and bus is preferable to the more expensive and slower option of taking a taxi, which will take 20 to 30 minutes from the airport to the city centre. The local trains S8, S9 or RE80 will transport travellers arriving at the Frankfurt airport to the city centre in a short 15 minutes. You can purchase tickets at vending machines prior to boarding for around 4.50 EUR. Purchasing a Frankfurt City Card provides unlimited travel on Frankfurt's public transport system within the city zones and Frankfurt International Airport in addition to discounts on admission to museums and other attractions. Individual tickets cost 9.90 EUR for one day, and 14.50 EUR for two days. You can purchase your ticket at the airport, main train station or the tourist information office Römer. This is also a good address for helpful general tips on enjoying your stay in Frankfurt.
For accommodation, a hostel costs about 20 EUR per person and a hotel room around 50 EUR per person.