Last week Robin and I flew to Frankfurt with Lufthansa on a project. It was a crazy whirlwind of travel (learn more here) and due to events, we were only able to spend one night in Frankfurt and about 8 hours in the city proper. While researching things to do in Frankfurt in a day, I noticed that a LOT of flights around the world frequently use Frankfurt for long layovers. A concise list of things to do on a layover in Frankfurt and how to optimize time was the best was something I found a little hard to find, so I was inspired to share my own Layover In Frankfurt Travel Guide.
Read on for transportation tips, must-sees, fantastic eats and recommendations on how to manage your time while having a layover in Frankfurt, Germany!
TRANSPORTATION – GETTING INTO FRANKFURT
Taxi: The fastest way to get into Frankfurt 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.
S-Bahn: If you are on a budget or have a longer layover, the S-Bahn train takes you right into Frankfurt. Follow the signs in the airport for the train. They run ever 15 minutes and cost €3.80.
Immediately head to Römer, the old historic area of Frankfurt. You’ll want to spend the majority of your time here as it’s the most charming, original part of the city. Even locals don’t even consider Frankfurt to be the most beautiful city ever 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. Make sure to:
- Explore Römer Square
- Walk across the Iron Bridge.
- Stroll along the riverside with that killer view of the city.
- Pop inside Old St Nicholas Church
- Have a beer on the square
If you have more time than 4-5 hours to spare, here are some other great places to add on your list:
- The Main Tower (the views!)
- Hit up the shopping district of Goethestrasse
- Marienplatz, the main plaza
Bitter & Zart: We randomly walked in here and were extremely blown away by the charm of this cafe. The decor is utterly original and fun. Plus, the food here is to die for. I recommend ordering a hot chocolate, a pot of tea and a few pastries for the table. Sit outside if it’s warm. Depending on the day/time, you may have to wait about 20 minutes to get seated but trust me, it’s worth it.
Afpelwien: Not a restaurant, but the name for the local apple cider that Frankfurt is known for producing. Make sure to order a pint somewhere!
If you have more time or want more options, the following places are highly recommended by locals!
Customs: 20 minutes
Taxi into Frankfurt: 20 Minutes
Romerberg: 90 minutes
Food break: 60 minutes
Taxi to Airport: 20 minutes
Airport Security: 45 minutes
Extra Buffer: 30 minutes
Total time: 4 hours, 45 minutes.
If you have more time or less time, add or subtract from the Römer or Food Break section.
What to Wear
I hope this helps you plan your layover in Frankfurt!