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