Frankfurt Airport to Frankfurt by Train – Directions

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If you have arrived in Frankfurt by plane, and want to know how to get into the city to meet up with us to go on one of our walking tours, here are step by step instructions for taking the trains. It is quite fast, with a train taking about 13 min. (4 stops from the airport) to the Main Train Station – Hauptbahnhof, or 6 stops to the Hauptwache. There is usually a train every 15 min. and they run from very early in the morning until quite late at night.

RMV Website 

How to find the train station in this huge airport? Simply follow the signs to the Regional Train Station.

If you land at Terminal 2, take one of the free shuttle buses or the Sky Train. (follow the signs)

Cost – a single ticket, one way (einzel Fahrt) costs 5.80. This ticket will take you into Frankfurt city center by train, and is also valid to get to your final destination by tram, bus, S-Bahn or U-Bahn, as long as you keep traveling without a break. This is the best ticket to buy if you are traveling alone.

Need to return to the airport the same day? Buy a day ticket for 11.30 €. This is cheaper than buying 2 one-way tickets.

Going to Mainz or Wiesbaden from the airport will cost the same as the tickets from the airport to Frankfurt.

A group day ticket called a “Collective Ticket” on the ticket machine (Gruppen Karte) will cost 19.10 €. This ticket is good for up to 5 people and is valid all day long, getting to and from the airport and on all forms of transportation in Frankfurt. This is the best choice for 2 or more people. These are NOT 24-hour tickets, they are only good for the day of purchase until the trains, etc. stop running for the day, usually around 1 a.m. Going to Mainz or Wiesbaden from the airport costs the same amount as going to Frankfurt from the airport, but only in one direction. This ticket will not get you to all 3 cities for this price.
 The names of all people using a group ticket must be written on the ticket

Prices beginning 1 Jan. 2023
* Single ticket adult – 5.80 €
* All day ticket for one adult including travel to and from the airport is:   11.30 €
* All day ticket for a group of up to 5 including travel to and from the airport is:  19.10€
 The names of all people using a group ticket must be written on the ticket 

The All-Day Group ticket is best to buy even if it is only 2 people 

Traveling farther in Hessen from the airport? A Hessen ticket might be right for you. It is 38€ and is valid all day long for up to 5 people on all regional trains, as well as the transportation in the cities.

The RMV ticket machines are turquoise and they are touch screens. They switch into English and are fairly user-friendly. The machines take coins, 5 and 10 euro bills for single tickets and if you are getting a group ticket it will take a 20 euro bill. It will NOT take a 50 euro bill. The change will be in coins. (DB ticket machines are red and you cannot buy an RMV ticket from them)

In Frankfurt, you do not need to validate your ticket unlike some other cities in Germany. It is all on the honor system. If you do not have a valid ticket, you will be fined 60 euro immediately.

There is a DB Travel Center located near the station. They can print your tickets for you (this will cost you 2 euro), take credit cards for payments and give you information about schedules.

If you need to store your luggage at the airport, the cost per bag will be 6.50€ for 4 hours or less and 9.50 € per bag for more than 3 hours up to 24 hours. The better deal is to bring your carry-on into the city and store it in the lockers located along track 23 in the main train station. Cost is between 3-5 € and the 5 € lockers are big enough for about 4 carry-on backpacks or bags. You will need coins for the lockers.

We enjoy the trains here and hope you enjoy them too.


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