Your essential Frankfurt travel guide

Find out all there is to know before touching down in Frankfurt, from hotel suggestions to transit tips and city life

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Planning a trip to Frankfurt can be complicated. When should you pack your raincoat? What about that scarf? Will you swelter in a hotel without air-conditioning in summer? Do trains run at night? What’s the best way to buy a ticket—or what happens if you “schwarzfahren” and cheekily jump on Frankfurt’s transportation network without one? With some of the world’s most important trade fairs and a large number of historical landmarks—including a reconstructed old town—some 8.7 million visitors descend on Germany’s financial capital every year, joining the 2.3 million inhabitants in the city’s urban area. While these visitors find the largest city in the German state of Hesse well-prepared to meet their needs, knowing the ins-and-outs beforehand will save you time–and stress. Our essential Frankfurt travel guide will have you on the ground running the moment you arrive.

Navigate Frankfurt like a pro

The best time to visit Frankfurt
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The best time to visit Frankfurt

April through September is the best time to visit Frankfurt, when the city enjoys mild temperatures and sunny days.

Where to stay in Frankfurt
Hotels

Where to stay in Frankfurt

Find the five best districts to stay in Frankfurt, each with insider-tips for where to eat, drink, stay and play.

Travel tips every first time Frankfurt visitor needs to know
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Travel tips every first time Frankfurt visitor needs to know

The following tips will help you navigate the city and any cultural differences with ease, and save you the odd euro to boot.

Your guide to public transportation in Frankfurt
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Your guide to public transportation in Frankfurt

Germany is known for the efficiency, speed, and reliability of its transport systems, and Frankfurt is no exception. 

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