When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Frankfurt?
Cheap flights to Frankfurt can be found almost year-round with budget airlines offering excellent deals on Frankfurt flights. The city is at its best for the Christmas markets – some of the biggest in Germany – in November and December. The city transforms for Mainfest, an annual festival held annually in August, and the Museum Embankment Festival that’s held only a few weeks later.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Frankfurt?
Last-minute flights to Frankfurt will often be available, especially if you are flexible with your travel dates. Flights to Frankfurt will go up in price for the city’s festivals and events, especially at Christmas, so book at least three months in advance to get cheap flights to Frankfurt.
Flying to Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
FRA is the busiest airport in Germany, the fourth busiest in Europe and has the most direct routes in the world as it flies to 293 destinations. It handles more than 64 million passengers a year.
There are several daily direct flights to Frankfurt from the United Kingdom (UK). German airline Lufthansa, which has its main hub at FRA, offers direct flights to Frankfurt from a large number of UK airports; it has flights from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London City, London Heathrow and Manchester Airport. Direct flights to Frankfurt are also offered by Ryanair from Glasgow, London Stansted and Manchester, while British Airways has Frankfurt flights from London Heathrow and London City.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
FRA has two terminals that are connected by a people mover system. It takes just two minutes to go from one to the other with trains arriving every two to three minutes. There is also a bus service that connects the two terminals. Free Wi-Fi is available in both terminals. Passengers also have access to showers in addition to several duty-free stores and food and drink shops. Business lounges are available as well as a movie theatre and gaming room. Nursing rooms are also provided as are playgrounds for children.
Getting to the City from Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
There are a number of options available for making the 13-kilometre journey to the city centre from FRA. From Terminal 1, you can take the S8 or S9 trains to the main central station; the journey takes about ten minutes, and trains depart every 15 minutes. Buses leave regularly from both terminals every day of the week and serve many destinations, both local and regional. Metered taxis can be found outside the arrivals halls. You will also be able to find a selection of car hire providers in the arrivals hall.
Why Visit Frankfurt?
It is likely that if you have flown anywhere outside of Europe, then you and FRA will have crossed paths before. As the airport with the most direct connections in the world, it is a huge transfer terminal for passengers, but even if it is just a layover city, there’s plenty to do in Frankfurt for a day, a weekend or longer. The high-powered financial hub (the European Central Bank, which manages the euro, is headquartered here) is nicknamed “Mainhattan” for its likeness to Manhattan in New York.
Situated on the river Main, Frankfurt am Main – to give the city its full title – is much more than banks and suits. Germany’s most revered writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born here, and there’s a museum to honour him, one of many excellent museums in the city. With a large student population, the nightlife is booming. In the mediaeval Old Town, you will find cosy taverns serving the region’s favourite tipple, ebbelwoi (apple wine), which are a nice contrast to the skyscrapers that dominate much of the skyline.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to any country in the EU – you can stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You just need to make sure that your passport has at least six months validity left, on the day you travel. Your passport only needs to be valid for the length of your stay. Germany uses the euro as its currency. ATMs and currency exchange offices are widely available and accept most international credit cards.