Long layover advice

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1. Posted by waynen (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi all.

It’s been 12 years since I’ve flown long haul. I have a 6 hour layover in Frankfurt, before my onward connection to Hong Kong. I don’t want to spend 6 hours in a bar and the airport website just shows maps of shops/duty free. Does anyone have suggestions on how to make the most of my time in the airport? I’m also a nervous flyer who doesn’t sleep well on planes, but getting advice on that topic will be a whole other thing!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4783 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi.

Are you flying First or Business Class? If so, you usually get a free lounge. For 6 hours subtract an hour or two for early check in. For me, I have no problem passing time by reading novels. You also will usually have free wifi for your computer or whatever. (I do get up and explore a bit too.)

For sleeping on planes include some ear plugs and a sleep mask. Again, no real problem for me, I read until I get drowsy and then snooze for an hour or two. Some people look at videos on their computers or watch the seat back TV.

  • On the plane remember to get up to walk and stretch a bit. Lessens the chance of DVT blood clots!

Good luck.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 8w 1 Star this if you like it!

I can't sleep on planes either.

>Does anyone have suggestions on how to make the most of my time in the airport?

When I have the sort of layover you mention I do any or all of the following:

1. First I go to to the toilets/restrooms, have a proper face/handwash/teeth-cleaning session and wake myself up. Some airports have showers available for 'ordinary' passengers though I don't think Frankfurt has.

2. Then I explore the eating areas and treat myself to a proper sit-down breakfast/lunch/coffee at a place which appeals.

3. Then I take long walks around the terminal, orienting myself and watching people & planes. Sometimes, depending on the airport and assuming I can stay airside (i.e. without going through border control), I visit adjoining terminals and explore those too.

Some airports have airside outdoor areas ...Frankfurt has an 'Open Air Deck'....and I always make a point of getting some fresh air. It helps to wake me up and being exposed to natural light (even at night!) helps the body adjust to time differences.

4. Go into shops to see what's on offer (different foods etc etc) and at what prices. I never buy anything but I find the cultural variations fascinating.

5. Play word games on and use the free airport wifi to surf on my tablet.

6. Read the book I alway have with me.

Doing those things easily occupies my layover time. :-)

Frankfurt specific:

I'm not sure which airport map you looked at but if you click 'Service' on the official terminal map

https://www.frankfurt-airport.com/en/airport-guide/orientation/airport-map.html

you'll see 'Movie World' areas which show the sort of stuff you'll find on planes in various languages, 'Quiet Rooms' (for a nap, perhaps?), 'Leisure Zones' with comfortable chairs etc, religious rooms (Christian chapel, Jewish & Muslim prayer rooms, an 'Entertainment Gate' which shows how the airport functions...even 2 'Yoga Rooms'!! :-)

4. Posted by Squarell (Budding Member 5 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

Hi.

Are you flying First or Business Class? If so, you usually get a free lounge. For 6 hours subtract an hour or two for early check in. For me, I have no problem passing time by reading novels. You also will usually have free wifi for your computer or whatever. (I do get up and explore a bit too.)

For sleeping on planes include some ear plugs and a sleep mask. Again, no real problem for me, I read until I get drowsy and then snooze for an hour or two. Some people look at videos on their computers or watch the seat back TV.

  • On the plane remember to get up to walk and stretch a bit. Lessens the chance of DVT blood clots!

Good luck.

The lounge is definitely the way to go in my opinion. Good place to settle in and relax to pass the time. I usually read a couple magazines, browse around on the phone, or even just walk around the airport a little just so I'm not sitting stagnant for that long. As for sleeping on planes, I was never really one to do it until I got one of those neck pillows. Now I sleep everytime I fly no matter how long or short the flight.

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

>As for sleeping on planes, I was never really one to do it until I got one of those neck pillows

Tried several types, none have worked. I mostly can't sleep because I'm small (5ft) and plane seats just don't fit me. If I sit up so the seat contouring fits my feet dangle, if I don't it's in the wrong places. The only time I've been able to doze are the very rare occasions I've had both seats to myself and the normal mid-Atlantic turbulence hasn't felt like continually being shaken awake! :(

[ Edit: Edited on 16 Dec 2022, 07:59 GMT by leics2 ]

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4783 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

(5) ".. If I sit up so the seat contouring fits my feet dangle..."

Try pulling your carry on bag out a bit and use it for a foot rest. Might work. (Or might not!)

Good luck.

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

>Try pulling your carry on bag out a bit and use it for a foot rest. Might work.

Tried that. Doesn't work because I only take a small backpack on board and it's never full enough to fill the foot/floor gap.

Post-Covid potential luggage hassles meant I did take a 'carry-on' (underwear, pyjamas and suchlike) on my last two long-haul flights but because I'm so small...and always use public transport at both ends...I can only cope with a small, soft shoulder bag. I certainly couldn't cope with 2 suitcases on public transport!

[ Edit: Edited on 16 Dec 2022, 11:29 GMT by leics2 ]

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4783 posts) 7w 1 Star this if you like it!

(7) "Tried that. Doesn't work because I only take a small backpack on board and it's never full enough to fill the foot/floor gap."

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At least you can have both legs in front of you. I need another joint in my legs to be comfortable in the cheap seats!

With my long legs I tried the exit seats. One problem with that is that the tray comes out of the armrest thing. This means about 2 inches less seat width. Best is a free upgrade with FF points or an empty seat next to you!

Good luck.

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