Frankfurt International Flight Hub
The Frankfurt Airport is located in Frankfurt Germany and it took 13th place in the 2015 SkyTrax World’s Best Airports. The winners of these prestigious awards were voted into their positions by nearly 12 million airline passengers so the award is really a people’s choice award. Frankfurt’s 13th position is the same place they earned in 2014.
At the Frankfurt airport hub you can connect to the internet for free. Anyone with their own device can connect to the internet in virtually every departure area. This is a new service at the Frankfurt airport and much appreciated if you don’t want to use your data. The service is for 24 hours at a time and for those that have a longer layover can reconnect after the first 24 hours again for free. For those that would like to connect, but don’t have a way to connect to the internet can do so in the designated stations and pay for service computers.
For business passengers there is a service where you can get a virtual office to work for one day while in Frankfurt. The service is through Plug and Work. This company has offices in different cities where you can work for just one day or have an office for a long time. The one day offices are virtual so you can just do your work and your customers still have the service that they would expect. Someone will answer your calls in the name of your business—sounding as professional as your normal office. No one will even know that you are away.
Frankfurt Stadevents holds something called Around the World Dinner at the airport. This is an organized guided tour of five different restaurants with unique flavors from different part of the world. The tour takes place at the pre-security part of the airport at both terminals. Prices start at 24 Euros ($25. 40 US Dollars).
Before choosing what fun activity you will do at the Frankfurt airport, you may want to check your luggage. Both Terminals have an airport baggage check so you can move around the airport without carrying your items unnecessarily for the duration of your layover.
When choosing what you will do with your layover, Frankfurt has some suggestions. If you’ve got a couple of hours before your flight, maybe you just would like to use Frankfurt’s shower stalls to freshen up. The showers cost 6 Euros ($6.35 US Dollars) and are scattered around the airport. Simply ring the bell outside the shower area, and you’ll be let into the shower by the nearest staff member. Towels, shampoo and soap are included. Maybe you only have about an hour or so before your flight and you’ like to do some souvenir shopping. You’ll find all of the brand names found in most airports including the Duty free shopping areas, and then some uniquely German items such as their famous beer steins and “cuckoo” clocks (where the bird comes out of a little house to announce the hour). There are also internet cafés throughout both terminals for use with your own internet device. The cafes have comfortable chairs or desks where you can work on your laptop or other internet device. The charge for the café is 4.95 Euros ($5.24 US Dollars) for 60 minutes. Perhaps instead you want to stop in at the Relax Zone you can find a more comfortable atmosphere and reclining leather chairs to relax and power outlets in which to charge up your devices. The Sky Lounge is always available for those wanting a longer and more luxurious stay. Your visit to Sky Lounge cost is 30 Euros ($31.75 U S Dollars) unless you hold a business or first class ticket then your entry is free. The last three options are increasing in services and luxury with the most basic being the Internet café, a step up with the Relax Zone and the most extravagant as the Sky Lounge.
If you have more time to spend, there are other options as well. You can visit the Visitor’s Terrace and Food Plaza that has just been remodeled. Here you have a view of the airport operations that can’t be beat. Take the kids, they’ll love it. If you have kids or grownups in your group that love airplanes, you might treat them to an airport tour at the Frankfurt mega hub. Tours last 45 minutes and cost about 7 Euros a person. Get up close to the iron birds! If you would like to relax and the other lounges mentioned above aren’t going to cut it, then perhaps the Luxxlounge is what you are looking for. This is for economy class travelers or for those that are traveling on airlines that don’t have a dedicated airport lounge. Enjoy complimentary snacks, beverages and Wi/Fi while getting away from the hustle of the rest of Frankfurt’s airport hub.
Check out the flight simulator at Frankfurt’s mega transit hub, a fairly unique feature. You can experience the thrill of flight from the cockpit of a flight simulator under the care of a real commercial pilot. Go through the safety check and see all of the instrumentation up close. This experience costs 79 Euros per person.
In need of rest? There are three hotels right at the airport that rent day rooms for those with longer layovers. If you want to catch up on some sleep or would like to work out, this is the best option for you. If there is a hotel feature that you desire that cannot be found at the three hotels located at Terminal 1, a free shuttle bus will bring you to the other hotels located close by that have indoor pools and other features not found at the airport hotels.
If you find yourself with a few hours and nothing to do, visit the Eintracht Frankfurt Museum. This is a museum dedicated to the famous Bundesliga German soccer team. Explore the early era of the team and history of soccer in this region of Germany. The museum is located about 10 minutes by commuter train away from the Frankfurt transit hub.
There is an airport casino if you are looking to pass the time without leaving the airport property. Come try your luck with the roulette tables and new generation slot machines. The casino is open from 7 am to 10 PM and is located in Terminal 1.
If you are looking for something to do at the Frankfurt airport hub, you’ll find it!