Transportation in Frankfurt

Transportation in Frankfurt is extremely easy for tourists. There are several different means of transportation including trains, the so-called S-Bahn (a light rail system), the metro, trams, buses and taxis. Due to the population of Frankfurt and the nearby areas, the frequencies of public transportation are very high. This makes the use extremely comfortable and easy.

Frankfurt is one of the main hubs of Deutsche Bahn. This means that the train connections you got departing from Frankfurt are absolutely amazing. You can reach all major cities in Germany without intersection. Moreover, there is a very good network of regional connections.

Train Frankfurt

The S-Bahn is a good way to get from Frankfurt to other nearby cities

These include the S-Bahn Rhein-Main which is a light rail system connecting Frankfurt and its suburbs with several other cities in the area like Wiesbaden, Darmstadt or Mainz. You may also reach Frankfurt Airport by using the S-Bahn.

S-Bahn lines in Frankfurt:

  • S1: Wiesbaden – Frankfurt – Rödermark
  • S2: Niedernhausen – Frankfurt – Dietzenbach
  • S3: Bad Soden – Frankfurt – Darmstadt
  • S4: Kronberg – Frankfurt – Langen
  • S5: Friedrichsdorf – Frankfurt
  • S6: Friedberg – Frankfurt
  • S7: Riedstadt-Goddelau – Frankfurt
  • S8: Wiesbaden – Mainz – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt – Offenbach
  • S9: Wiesbaden – Mainz – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt – Hanau

Metro in Frankfurt

In the city center of Frankfurt, the metro (called U-Bahn) is the most important means of transport. If you can’t reach your destination with an S-Bahn train, you’ll most likely get to it with the metro which mainly operates underground in the city center. There are nine different lines operating in a rather complicated system.

Metro Frankfurt

There is no faster way to get from one point to another than by metro

In contrast to many other cities, there are no big transfer stations as most metro lines use totally different tracks. Only lines U1, U2, U3 and U8 use the same tunnel in the city center. The most important transfer stations are Hauptwache (the four previously mentioned lines and lines U6 and U7) and Willy-Brand-Platz (the four mentioned lines and lines U4 and U5).

U-Bahn lines in Frankfurt:

  • U1: Ginnheim – Hauptwache – Willy-Brand-Platz – Südbahnhof
  • U2: Bad Homburg-Gonzenheim – Hauptwache – Willy-Brand-Platz – Südbahnhof
  • U3: Oberursel-Hohemark – Hauptwache – Willy-Brand-Platz – Südbahnhof
  • U4: Enkheim – Willy-Brand-Platz – Bockenheimer Warte
  • U5: Preungesheim – Willy-Brand-Platz – Hauptbahnhof
  • U6: Heerstraße – Hauptwache – Ostbahnhof
  • U7: Hausen – Hauptwache – Enkheim
  • U8: Riedberg – Hauptwache – Willy-Brand-Platz – Südbahnhof
  • U9: Nieder-Eschbach – Ginnheim

Trams in Frankfurt

It doesn’t really get less complicated when it comes to trams in Frankfurt. While the network is easy to understand when using the live journey planner, it’s actually one of the most difficult ones on paper. There are eleven tram lines in total of which eight are regular ones, two are support lines and one is a so-called special line.

Tram Frankfurt

The trams are operating overground

The number of different tracks is huge which means that there are many, but no big exchange stations between the tram lines. There are also some transfer stations where you may switch from the tram to the metro or the S-Bahn or the other way round.

Tram lines in Frankfurt:

  • Line 11: Höchst – Fechenheim
  • Line 12: Schwanheim – Hugo-Junkers-Straße
  • Line 14: Louisa Bahnhof – Bornheim Ernst-May-Platz
  • Line 15: Niederrad Haardtwaldplatz – Offenbach Stadtgrenze
  • Line 16: Ginnheim – Offenbach Stadtgrenze
  • Line 17: Rebstockbad – Neu-Isenburg Stadtgrenze
  • Line 18: Preungesheim – Lokalbahnhof
  • Line 19: Schwanheim Rheinlandstraße – Südbahnhof
  • Line 20: Hauptbahnhof – Stadion
  • Line 21: Nied Kirche – Stadion

Buses in Frankfurt

The fourth important means of transportation in Frankfurt are buses. These are rarely operating in the city center as most stations are served by one of the different trains. However, there are several bus lines connecting different stations in the city center. There’s also a significant number of bus lines in the suburbs where there is a lower density of metro, S-Bahn and tram stops.

Bus Frankfurt

You won’t spot too many buses in the city center

Frankfurt uses a quite complicated fare system consisting of several different zones and types of tickets. At least, these can be used for all mentioned means of public transportation. In the city center, a one way ticket is available for either 1.75 Euro (~ 1.90 US-Dollar) for rides up to two kilometers or 2.75 Euro (~ 3 US-Dollar) for all other rides inside the zone.

Taxis in Frankfurt

What’s comparably easy in Frankfurt is transportation by taxi. As in all German cities, there is a fixed price system which is used by all taxi companies. The base fare during daytime (6 am to 10 pm) is 2.80 Euro (~ 3.05 US-Dollar).

Taxi Frankfurt

Taxis in Frankfurt are rather expensive

Every kilometer till the 12th is charged 1.75 Euro (~ 1.90 US-Dollar), while kilometers 13 to 20 are charged 1.60 Euro (~ 1.75 US-Dollar) and all further kilometers are charged 1.55 Euro (~ 1.70 US-Dollar). Using a taxi in Frankfurt is safe at all times. All cars are regularly checked and offer the highest safety and comfort standards.

Other means of transportation in Frankfurt

Due to Frankfurt’s location right at the river Main, there are several opportunities to go for a nice river cruise and explore the area from a very special viewpoint.

City Tour Frankfurt

If you don’t have much time in Frankfurt, a city tour by bus may be a good option

Moreover, you may treat yourself with one of the touristic means of transportation in Frankfurt. These include several different operators of sightseeing buses!


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6 Comments on “Transportation in Frankfurt”

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  2. A very nice overview of the transportation possibilities. There are some interesting points that could be added:

    Maybe mention some useful trip-planning Apps. While the RMV planner is okay, there exist apps like Öffi (for Android) that are much better. Public transport support of Google Maps is also quite good in Frankfurt but quite incomplete in the suburbs.

    Frankfurt also has various bike rental companies offering short-time bike rentals.

    Car sharing is also widely spread, although the registration process is not always trivial, especially for foreigners.

    • Thank you very much for the further information! This will definitely be helpful for our readers. It’s always a little tough to cover it all (especially when it comes to apps as these are mostly aiming on locals and not really on travelers). Bike rental and car sharing is a real booming market. I hope it’ll get way more important for travelers as well with easier registration and payment processes!

      • You are right, app recommendations are difficult. But in my opinion very important, because if you search for “Frankfurt” (or other big cities) in the app-store (Play store for me as Android user) you get hundreds of results and most of them are just sneaky forms of advertisement, try to sell you things you would get for free, or are just bad/unusable. A hint from locals about the good apps is therefore always valuable. (I assumed you are a local like me or you are visiting Frankfurt often, given the depth and coverage of your article)

        Öffi (or Oeffi / Offi for People without a German keyboard)
        is suited for both: locals and tourists. It covers many other cities/regions in Germany but also many international destinations (It worked well for me in London, Birmingham, San Francisco, Dubai and Stockholm).

        btw: what do you think of Wikivoyage? I just compared the information there to your article and yours is definitely better.

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