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The Frankfurt and Rhein-Main transportation network

Mobil_traffiQ-800x600_2005_U4_1Foto: traffiQ

In Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main area, the S-Bahn (commuter trains) and the U-Bahn (underground trains), regional trains, buses and trams combine to provide a well structured public transportation network. And no matter where you want to go, you only need one ticket: the about 150 trans­port companies in the region are all part of the tariff system of the Rhein-Main-Ver­kehrs­verbund (RMV – Rhein-Main transportation network).

For example, not only all of Frankfurt, but neighboring districts, such as the Main-Taunus district or Darmstadt-Dieburg, as well as many cities – from Wies­baden and Offenbach to Fulda, Marburg, Rüsselsheim and Mainz, are in the RMV network, covering 14,000 sq km. On an average workday, about 2,5 million passengers use the RMV’s transport buses, trains and trams. In 2016, about 735 million passengers were transported.

Besides transport companies from Deutsche Bahn to small operators with just three buses, important partner companies in Frankfurt include the VGF (Frankfurt am Main transport association) and traffiQ, which is responsible for supervision, planning and financing of Frankfurt’s ÖPNV public transport network.

Local and long-distance connections in Frankfurt

Mobil_Foto_DB_AG_Schmid_DBiBFoto: DB AG/Schmid

Frankfurt main station – crossroads of Germany and Europe

Frankfurt’s main station (Hauptbahnhof) is one of the largest and most important in Germany. Built in the 19th century, its stone façade and the tower-like wing pavilions are typical of railway architecture of the period and make it worth looking from the outside. Behind the façade , the station has 25 tracks in five roofed halls. The main train station is an important rail crossroads not only for the region, but also for all of Europe.

Every day, about 350,000 passengers and visitors enter the building, and S-Bahns (commuter trains), local and long-distance trains pass through here. In addition to an ICE fast train connection to Amsterdam, there are direct high speed links to Paris and Marseille from Frankfurt.

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt_Airport_Foto_Fraport_RebFrankfurt Airport, Foto: Fraport

One of the world’s top airports

Frankfurt airport is by far Germany’s largest airport and is one of the world’s top airports. About 100 airlines connect Frankfurt directly with about 300 destinations all over the world. The airport is a major hub where passengers can quickly transfer to other flights. The airport’s capacity is being continuously expanded to meet the projected increases in passenger numbers.

Terminal 1 was expanded at the end of 2012 with the new A-Plus departure gate. Right above the airport’s long-distance train station is the 600-m commercial development, The Squaire, which gives the airport one of the most modern service centers in the Rhein-­Main region. In addition the airport will have an innovative and sustainable handling area by 2022 with the new Terminal 3. It will have the capacity to handle up to 14 million passengers a year.

Diverse tours offer an especially close insight into the fascinating world of the airport and they will interest young and old alike. For full information, go to


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