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.
What to see in Frankfurt
Explore Römer Square
This square is old and beautiful. While most of Frankfurt is new and has a tech feel, this area survived the bombings of World War II. Because of this, I recommend spending most of your time around this “old town” part of the city. There’s a church, shops, bars, etc. Plenty to do!
Walk across the Iron Bridge
This bridge is famous in Frankfurt. Also known as Eiserner Steg, this pedestrian bridge is a popular “love lock” bridge (like the one in Paris.) It connected the banks of the Main River and is a very popular spot to see the great views of the city.
Stroll along the Main River
After you walk from Römer Square and across the Iron Bridge, I recommend strolling along this side of the Main River for a bit. There are some park trails on this side and when you look across the river, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning skyline of Frankfurt.
Visit the Old St Nicholas Church
Old St Nicholas Church (aka Alte Nikolaikirche) is that towering red church on Römer Square. It’s absolutely beautiful on the outside and just as impressive on the inside! It dates to the 15th century (aka back to the medieval times!) It’s free to enter, so pop in!
Have a beer on the square
Seriously, you’re in Germany and you’re on a layover, which means you just flew for hours and probably have a really long flight ahead of you. Reward yourself by grabbing a bier at one of the bars on the square! Sit outside to soak in the fresh air.
Where To Eat In Frankfurt
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.
Not a restaurant, but the name for the local apple cider that Frankfurt is known for producing. Make sure to order a pint somewhere!
A cozy, German-style pub with great food. Try here for lunch!
On a sunny day, head here for amazing views on the rooftop. Happy hour before your flight!
Layover Time Table
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. For instance, if you have a 10 hour layover in Frankfurt, you can add more time in Romerberg!
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Looking for a good airport hotel? We stayed at this one and it was great (for an airport hotel.) There are no hotels inside the Frankfurt airport, they are all about 15 minutes away from the gates, though. For a list of hotels in Frankfurt city centre, check this list out.
If you’re looking at what to do in Frankfurt, I hope this guide helps you! Don’t sit in the airport all day, it’s a waste of an adventure. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or DM me on Instagram @thewhimsysoul and I’ll be happy to help!
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