A Beautifully Diverse City
Frankfurt is a delightful city, full of surprises and many things to see and do. A rich mix of wealthy business owners, students and travellers means you'll see plenty of diversity during your stay. Known as the gateway to Germany it is also an excellent base from which to travel to different areas and boasts impressive transportation links.
When to Visit Frankfurt
One of the great things about Frankfurt is that there's no extremes regarding climate so you can consider a trip any time of year. The winters are colder and the summers are warmer than those in the UK though. If you like festive music, happy faces and an upbeat spirit then you'll want to visit during carnival season, also known as fifth season in Frankfurt. This is during February and March. Shortly after, March and April is another great time to visit as you'll experience the hugely popular and exciting Dippemess festival in the Rhine area.
Basic Frankfurt Facts
It is important to know that there are two airports called Frankfurt. Frankfurt-Main Airport is very close to the city and has good transportation links to the centre. Frankfurt Hahn Airport, however, is a two-hour drive from the city, so you may want to factor in that extra travelling if you decide to fly there. The good news is that the cost of living in Frankfurt is lower than the UK and eating out is cheaper too.
From the main airport local trains S8, S9 and RE80 will get you to the centre in 15 minutes for around EUR 4.50, tickets can be purchased from the vending machines. Be aware that a taxi could take twice as long. Hostels cost around EUR 20 and hotels around EUR 50, book early to get the best rates. Taxis are slower and more expensive than public transport which includes trams, S-Bahn, the underground and buses. The Frankfurt transport card is handy as it also includes offers for local museums and attractions. The tourist office at Hauptbahnhof station has plenty more tips.