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Explore Frankfurt

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Why rent a car at Frankfurt Airport?

Located in the German state of Hesse, Frankfurt is an economic and financial hub not only in Germany but also in Europe. Major banks and newspaper publishers have their headquarters here, including the influential Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Every October, Frankfurt hosts the largest book fair in the world. It’s also the birthplace of the German writer and poet Goethe, whose former home is now a museum, Goethehaus. The city has plenty of fine museums and galleries with impressive art collections, such as the Städelsches Kunstinstitut.

Frankfurt is ideally situated for visitors to explore nearby sights, for instance in the Rhine Valley and the Black Forest. Beautiful castles, cathedrals and spas are waiting to be discovered by you with a hire car from Frankfurt Airport.

How to get to and around Frankfurt?

Frankfurt Airport is located less than eight miles southwest of the city. To get downtown by train, take the S-Bahn lines S8 or S9, departing approximately every 10 minutes, from Regionalbahnhof at Terminal 1 in the direction of Offenbach Ost and Hanau. The journey to the central station, Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, takes 12 minutes, or 16 minutes to Frankfurt Hauptwache, nearer the centre.

Budget airline Ryanair flies into Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, which is closer to Mainz (56 miles) and Koblenz (43 miles) than Frankfurt (77 miles).

Car rental companies are available at both airports. With a rental car at Frankfurt Airport, you’ll be in the centre in 20 minutes without the hassle of changing trains, and you could drive to nearby attractions straight away. Wiesbaden and Mainz, with its magnificent, six-towered Mainz Cathedral, are a westward journey of 35 and 45 minutes respectively. Hanau, the Brothers Grimm’s hometown, is half an hour east and Darmstadt, 40 minutes south, is worth a visit for its Art Nouveau buildings, many of which survived World War II intact.

Hiring a car in Frankfurt Airport

Major hire car companies have their service desks in the Car Rental Centre, located in the middle of Terminal 1 inside the Airport City Mall. Opening times for a few of them are listed below:

  • Avis/Budget: Mon-Sun: 06.00 – 23.59
  • Hertz/Dollar/Thrifty: Mon-Sun: 06.00 – 01.00
  • Enterprise/National/Alamo: Mon-Sun: 06.00 – 23.00
  • Europcar/Interrent EU: Mon-Sun: 00.01 – 23.59
  • Sixt: Mon-Fri: 05.00 – 24.00, Sat-Sun and bank holidays: 06.00 – 24.00
  • What brands are available?

    There is no shortage of car rental services on offer in Frankfurt. You can choose from a long list of brands below at the airport.

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Buchbinder Germany
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Global Rent a Car
  • Hertz
  • Interrent EU
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • National
  • Sixt
  • Thrifty EU
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Frankfurt

    The beautiful river Rhine, which runs 766 miles from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea in the Netherlands, has inspired many artists, authors and composers. Drive along the river starting at Koblenz, an hour and a half northwest, to Mannheim in the south. Large parts of this stretch of the Rhine Valley are designated a Unesco World Heritage Site for its spectacular views. On the way, stop at Worms, one of Germany’s oldest towns, and see its High Romanesque-style Cathedral of St Peter.

    Under two hours south is the elegant spa town of Baden-Baden, whose thermal springs have been popular for more than 2,000 years. Try the elegant Friedrichsbad bathing hall, built in Neo-Renaissance style, and be transported back to Roman times touring the Soldier’s Bath underneath, with its ancient floor and wall heating systems.

    Baden-Baden is also the gateway to the verdant green and hilly Black Forest, one of Germany’s most picturesque regions and a paradise for skier and climbers. Some of the best sights are in the triangle formed by the university town of Freiburg (two hours and 45 minutes’ drive), Triberg (three hours’ drive), home to Germany’s highest waterfalls, and the charming river-valley city of St Blasien (three hours and 40 minutes’ drive).

    Tips and tricks for driving in Germany

    Germans drive on the right-hand side of the road. You must be over 18 to drive in Germany and hold a full driving licence. Licences issued in EU or EEA countries are accepted. Have your driver’s licence, ID (passport) and proof of insurance with you at all times.

    Carrying a warning triangle and headlamp beam deflectors in the vehicle is compulsory, and a first aid kit is recommended. It is illegal in Germany to use speed camera detectors, including a GPS device. The speed limit in built-up areas is 62 mph, but there is no speed limit on autobahns.

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