Recently as part of a trip on the Lufthansa Global Fare, we flew out of Frankfurt Airport after a few days enjoying the city. Arriving at the Airport is very easy and can be done either by taxi, train or bus. There are public transport train stations and bus stops throughout the city and a taxi can either be called by your hotel or picked up from taxi ranks around the city. Taxi’s from the city can take between 20-30 minutes to get to the airport.
Arriving at the airport the first thing you notice is all of the check-in counters and the huge screen with all of the flights and corresponding check-in counters. Like most airports check-in at the airport opens at 3-4 hours before departure, but if you have checked in online bag drop may be open (depending on your airline) this time I was flying out of Frankfurt with SWISS which comes under the Lufthansa Group.
Before moving through security, you might want to take some time and have a look at the area behind the check-in counters, which is full of shops cafes and restaurants.
When you are ready to proceed through security you will need to go to the corresponding gate area to your ticket - A, B, C, or D, the letter will be in front of your gate number on your ticket, for example, for gate A19 you would proceed to security area A. Security can get busy at Frankfurt Airport, and they only let a certain number into the gate area at one time. When I tried to go through it was too busy and after waiting about 5 minutes a group of about 20 of us were taken to a different security gate. This was great as it was much quicker as the new security gate was empty so we went got through straight away and entered the middle area of the A gates.
After going through security you are greeted by duty-free, cafes, restaurants and other shops. There are more shops and cafes on the way and closer to the gates but there is more variety here. The duty-free closer to the gates only has a selection of alcohol and cosmetics this bigger one has everything.
The terminals are quite long but luckily there are moving walkways about every 100 metres to make getting to your gate as easy as possible, as well as clear signage for the gates and directions it is very easy to navigate around the airport.
Frankfurt Airport has a range of different lounges throughout including -
Lufthansa First Class Lounge
Lufthansa Senator Lounge
Lufthansa Business Lounge
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge
Air France/KLM Lounge
Cathay Pacific Lounge
Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge
As well as these lounges inside the airport there is also the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge right outside arrivals.
It is very common to transfer at Frankfurt Airport to go on to another part of Europe. There is clear signage with walking time also displayed throughout the airport making finding your next gate a breeze. If you like to be prepared you can visit frankfurt-airport.com or use the Lufthansa app which has up to date flight information, so you will know where to go as soon as you land.