We are two girls planning a trip to Frankfurt later this month. Just a 3-4 day visit.
Q1) We're flying to Hahn and taking the bus to Frankfurt. Is this easy? And, does this drop us in the city centre?
Q2) We want to stay in a reasonable hotel (budget ca.50-60€ per night). We want a hotel that is not in the red light area. How/where can we get this info? We're planning to use either expedia or ratestogo. they mention financial centre of the city. What is it? Banks?
Q3) We plan to do some shopping. Heard that the malls are in the centre itself. Is it possible to walk to the malls?
Q4) What about the local transport? Tried my best to find the rates - but wasnt able to. What does a daycard cost?
Q5) On one day I am also going to meet someone at the Frankfurt airport. Can I use a daycard? Is it easy to get to the airport from the city?
Danke schön. (My German is limited to 10-12 phrases. I hope I do not need more than that. I speak English.)
So many Qs, but this is my first time in Germany and I want to have a good trip. Thank you in advance.
Hope it is not to late yet.
1) There is a bus from Hahn to the main train station in Frankfurt, this is central enough in my book.
2) Red light district is the area (3-4 streets) directly around the main train station. If you want to avoid that, look for a hotel in Sachsenhausen or another part of town.
3) Yes, it is. Note that there is not that much to see in Frankfurt, most sights can be covered in a day. You should plan trips to Heidelberg, Koblenz and Mainz. All these places can easily be reached by public transport from Frankfurt.
4) http://www.rmv.de/ - the exact price depends upon how many zones you need. But IIRC there is a tourist card available that allows unlimited travel for a day inside the city of Frankfurt a. M. and including the airport (FRA!), it was something like 15 EUR for a group of up to 5 people.
Just in case you still need the information:
Shopping is right in the city centre mostly along the Zeil, a street in the centre between the stations Hauptwache and Konstablerwache. Check out the Zeil Galerie mall, it's full of interesting shops.
If you want a normal day ticket just for Frankfurt, there is also a group day ticket (Gruppentageskarte) which should be available at train stations and kiosks. Prices depend on the zones you want to use it in.
There is also a weekly ticket.
There is also another option if you want to see places in Hessen outside of Frankfurt: It's called Hessenticket and costs 29 Euro (at least it did a few months ago when I last used it) for up to 5 people. You can use it in all of Hessen. If you want to go on a day trip somewhere, I'd also recommend Marburg. It's an hour from Frankfurt and a beautiful historic town with lots of half timbered houses and a castle. It's known for being a university town and has lots of pubs and cafes.
Getting from the city to the airport is very easy, especially from the main train station: You have to catch an S-Bahn (regional trains). If I remember correctly, the S9 takes you to the airport but there are little planes pointing you in the right direction on all signs at the trains station.
Hope this helps!
first sorry for my weak english knowledge. For me it´s a foreign language.
For your trip to Frankfurt I recommend to look for a hotel in Sachsenhausen (especially near Textorstrasse) or Frankfurt Bornheim (especially near Berger Strasse). At both places you will find nice an individual shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. It ´s nice to stay there in the evenings. With public transport or also walking it´s very easy and also safe to go downtown: shop until you drop.
Don´t miss the Applewine pubs in Sachsenhausen, eypecially "das gemalte Haus", "Kanonesteppel" or "Zur Germania". They are also visited bei locals, not only by tourists.
In downtown ("Zeil") you find more the nationwide department stores if you´re looking for something special (electronics, clothing and so on).
Frankfurt doesn´t have an old town as many other cities have. It´s just quite a small area at the "Römer" near the river "Main", but the restaurants there are just for tourists and for that they´re quite expensive, so it´s better to cross the river to go to Sachsenhausen.
Shopping is also possible in a great mall named "Main-Taunus-Zentrum" west of downtown.
Also a very nice town (capital of Hessen) and good for shopping is Wiesbaden. You can go there by S-Bahn.
In summer I recommend a "mini-Cruise" on the river Main or just a walk besides the Main.