Airport location, terminals and transportation
Frankfurt am Main Airport is one of the largest international airports in Europe with intense traffic. It is the fourth in the list of the largest European airports. It is located 11 km from Frankfurt, one of the centers of European economic development. The airport was founded in 1936 as a commercial facility and a base for airships. Then, the airport was transformed into a military base. Every year, the airport services over 65 million people in two master terminals and the special terminal used only by the Lufthansa Company. The airfield consists of four air-strips.
There are three concourses in Terminal 1: A, B, C. Terminal 2 includes concourses D and E. You can move between terminals by the automated system Skyline and free shuttles.
At the airport, there are two railway stations including one for long-distance trains, Inter City Express. Near T1 (zone B), there is a railway station for suburban and regional trains. Bus stops are located at the arrival level of T1 and at the second level near T2. The airport is linked with Frankfurt by bus routes. At the airport, there is also a wide choice of taxis, cars, transfers, and car-sharing services.
Rental offices, how to find them, where to return car
To rent a car at the airport, you can order a vehicle right there or make a pre-order online. You can rent a car in leading international companies in car rental centers located in two passenger terminals: T1 and T2. At Frankfurt Airport, there are the following companies: Avis, Budget, Buchbinder, Global drive, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Europcar, Inter rent, Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, and Sixt.
In T1, the car rental center is located in concourse A, near City Mall at the ground level. The center is above the railway station. In T2, the car rental center is situated in concourse D at the second level, in the Arrival area. All the companies’ offices in both terminals are open from 6 am to 22pm-12am. Sixt in T1 is open 24 hours a day.
Cars are returned to the special area, to which the signs at the autobahn exit lead. You should follow the signs leading to the 1st or 2nd terminal and then follow the «Car rental return» pointers. Cars are returned to any terminal but Buchbinder cars are returned to T2.
Long-term and short-term parking, hotels nearby
At the airport, you can park your car in the underground garage (P8, P9), in the multi-level garage, and in the long-term economy parking lot with a transfer. You can park your car for no more than 10 minutes for free. The parking area is close to the departure and arrival terminal. Short-term parking is available in a business or premium parking lot (P4). Short-term parking lots are situated near both terminals: P29, P18, P19.
In the territory of the airport, there are two Hilton hotels in the building of the interurban bus station: Hilton Garden Ill, Hilton. Near T1, there is the Sheraton Hotel. There is also the Inter City Hotel.