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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Frankfurt (FRA)
Book in the Goldilocks Window
There’s no magic formula for the exact perfect day to book a flight at the cheapest fare, but there is a window when flights are typically cheapest. We call it the Goldilocks Window because it’s not too close to, yet not too far from, your flight. This just-right time period is 1–3 months before a domestic flight and 2–8 months before an international flight.
However, if you plan to travel during a peak travel season, or if your trip has specific date requirements and no flexibility, we recommend planning even further in advance. If you want to visit Frankfurt in July, for example, you should start looking for flights in January.
Don’t hold out for last-minute deals. They’re few and far between during busy travel seasons, with fare jumps happening 21, 14, and 7 days in advance, so it’s best to book before those points if at all possible.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
Sometimes, even if you’re closely keeping track of flights, they never seem to get any cheaper. Before you give up and pick a different destination, though, try our beloved Greek Islands Trick. Luckily, it works all over Europe and not just the Greek Islands.
Basically, you try to get as close to the city you really want to visit as possible for the cheapest price, then find a budget airline flight or other transit option for the last leg. So, if you want to visit Frankfurt from Chicago but prices are too expensive, look at flights to Berlin, Zürich, or London instead. From there, you can look for a budget airline flight or train tickets. It takes more work, but sometimes adding two travel options together is significantly cheaper than one flight.
Search alternative departure airports
You can also look at departing from an airport that’s not your home airport. If you live in San Diego, for example, and flights to Frankfurt are super expensive, look for flights from Los Angeles instead. If there’s a great deal, it might be worth the drive or train trip. Sometimes, it can be worth looking even farther away and taking a repositioning flight to get there.
We see deals from airports around the country every day, so it can pay to play around with departure cities. If you see a $450 deal from Chicago to Frankfurt in the summer, for example, it might be worth looking into flights from San Diego to Chicago. If you can find a flight for around $250, the two combined could still be cheaper than flying from San Diego to Frankfurt.
Fly when it’s cheaper
Frankfurt doesn’t see many tourists from December–early March, and therefore flights and hotels are cheapest during that time. The more that people want to visit, the more airlines can charge for flights; you can save money by avoiding peak seasons, like summer in Frankfurt.
But, if visiting in the depths of winter doesn’t sound fun to you, try shoulder seasons. These are the periods just before and after high season, like late March to early June and October to November in Frankfurt. You’ll still get decent weather but lower prices than in peak season. Thanksgiving can also be a sneaky time to save, as most US travelers fly domestically during that week, so airlines sometimes discount international flights.
Even if you’re traveling during peak season, try to look for fares on what are generally the cheapest days to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Avoid Fridays and Sundays, the most expensive days to fly, if you can.
Set alerts for specific trips
Perhaps the easiest way to find cheap flights is to leave it up to technology. Set fare alerts for your travel dates, and you’ll get an email when prices drop. It’s best to do this before the Goldilocks Window we mentioned above so you can see deals during that time. If your dates or airports are flexible, you should set multiple alerts to cover your bases.
Frankfurt is a busy airport that is well-served by cities in Europe, much of the US, and dozens of other airports around the world. Many US travelers can reach Frankfurt on a nonstop flight, and almost everyone can get there with one stop or less.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Frankfurt (FRA)
What is the airport code for Frankfurt Airport?
The airport code for Frankfurt Airport is FRA.
When is high season in Frankfurt?
High season in Frankfurt runs from April–October. Visitors start to come in the spring, as weather warms up and spring festivals start, and it further picks up in the summer when kids are out of school and families can take longer trips. The Frankfurt Book Fair also draws crowds in October.
When is the best time to visit Frankfurt?
April–early June and September–October are the best times to visit Frankfurt for nice weather, festivals, cheaper prices than you’ll find in the heart of peak season, and fewer crowds than July and August.
The cheapest time to visit is in January and February, off season, when the city is cold and rainy; luckily, there is still plenty to do in the winter, such as exploring stunning churches and cathedrals, seeing a concert at the opera house, and more.
Does FRA have its own on-site hotel?
The My Cloud Transit Hotel is located in Terminal 1 of FRA. Rooms can be booked for 3–24 hours. Rooms have beds, TVs, free wifi, and bathrooms. Rooms start at €119 for 3 hours.
While not technically at the airport, the Hilton Garden Inn has a location accessible from the airport via a covered pedestrian walkway. Amenities include room service, a restaurant, fitness center, meeting rooms, and free wifi. Rooms start at €146 per night.
What lounges are available at FRA?
- First Class Terminal: Lufthansa First Class Lounge
- Terminal 1: Lufthansa Business Lounge, Lufthansa Senator Lounge, Luxx Lounge
- Terminal 2: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Fraport VIP Lounge, Lufthansa Business Lounge, Lufthansa Senator Lounge, Air France/KLM Lounge, Japan Airlines JAL First Class Lounge and Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge, Primeclass Lounge, Priority Lounge, Emirates Lounge
Lufthansa operates several lounges in FRA. The First Class Lounge is in its own terminal, with private security and passport control. The lounge has showers, bathtubs, a full-service bar including top-shelf liquor, lots of lounge seating, work areas including private call rooms, nap rooms with beds and storage, a cigar lounge, extensive dining options, and transport to the plane. It is available for same-day Lufthansa first class passengers. The Senator Lounges (Concourse A, Concourse B, Concourse Z), have showers, free wifi, food, a full bar, international magazines, and working areas. They are open to first and business passengers, as well as Star Alliance Gold members and Senator members. The Lufthansa Business Lounges (two in Concourse A, two in Concourse B, one in Concourse C) are open to first and business class passengers, Senator members, Star Alliance Gold members, and some other frequent travelers. They have free wifi, snacks and beverages, flight monitors, and reading material.
The Emirates Lounge in Terminal 2 Concourse E, has a buffet, menu, full bar, showers, lounge seating, TVs, printers, and free wifi. It is free for Emirates first and business class passengers, Skywards Platinum and Skywards Gold cardholders, and Qantas Gold and Platinum cardholders. Economy class Emirates passengers can purchase access starting at $250.
The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge (near gate B43) has work areas, couches and other lounge seating, a large buffet including self-serve beverages and alcohol, and showers. Air Canada business class passengers, Star Alliance business passengers, Star Alliance Gold members, and Air Canada Lounge members can use the lounge.
The Air France/KLM Lounge (near gate D26) has free wifi, a full bar, newspapers and magazines, premium food, and a smoking area. It is open to business class passengers and La Premiére cabin members flying Air France, KLM, and Finnair, as well as C2000 card members, as well as those with Flying Blue Platinum or Gold status and SkyTeam Elite Plus status.
Japan Airlines operates two lounges in Terminal 2 Concourse D. The JAL First Class Lounge offers a full bar, free wifi, premium food, and TVs. The Sakura Lounge has similar amenities, plus showers. JMB Diamond and Premier members and first class passengers can use the first class lounge. First class, business class, premium economy class, JMB Diamond, Premier, Sapphire, and Global Club members can use the Sakura Lounge.
The Luxx Lounge, Primeclass Lounge, and Priority Lounge are open to all passengers for a fee. All have snacks, showers, free wifi, and seating with outlets. The Luxx Lounge is €35, the Primeclass Lounge is €45, and the Priority Lounge is €49.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to FRA?
Animals must be on a leash or in a carrier at all times while in the Frankfurt Airport. The airport also recommends checking with your airline for specific restrictions. If you are visiting from the US, your pet will need a health certificate signed by a USDA-accredited veterinarian, have a microchip, and have a rabies shot, as well as other vaccinations.
How far is FRA from Frankfurt?
The airport is about 10 miles from Downtown Frankfurt, or about 15 minutes by train or 20 minutes by car.
What are the transportation options for getting from FRA to Frankfurt?
There are a couple of options to get from FRA to Frankfurt.
- By taxi: A taxi from the airport to the City Center takes about 20 minutes and costs €30–€35.
- By public transportation: The S-Bah S8 and S9 train lines run every 10–15 minutes and take about 15 minutes to reach the City Center. The fare to the center is €5 and can be purchased online or at vending machines at the airport. Several bus lines (58, 61, 62, 72, and 77) also run every 20 minutes and take around 30 minutes to reach the City Center. The fare is €4.30 one way.
How long is the flight to Frankfurt?
The flight time to Frankfurt depends on your departure city. From around Europe, it’s 1–2.5 hours. From the Northeast US it’s about 8 hours, while from the Southeast it’s 8.5–10. From Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest you can reach Frankfurt in 8.5 hours nonstop, and from a few cities in Texas it’s about 10 hours. From Denver it’s a little under 10 hours, and from California and the Southwest it’s around 11 hours.
You can also fly directly to Frankfurt from some cities in North Africa (about 4 hours), South Africa (12 hours), Istanbul (3 hours), Dubai and elsewhere in the Middle East (6–7 hours), India (8–9 hours), and Bangkok, Shanghai, and other Asian cities (12–14). From South America you can fly from Buenos Aires to Frankfurt in 13 hours and from São Paulo in 11.5 hours.
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