Many of those booking London to Frankfurt flights will have finance on their minds – after all this Europe's premier banking city, with both the Bundesbank and the European Central Bank sprawling their glass-fronted towers here. But this modern German city has a curious charm of its own. There are fragments of old Frankfurt still clinging on in unlikely places, in particular its ballet houses, whose dancers can whisk you on flights of fancy. There’s plenty to see and do on a London to Frankfurt trip.
To make the most of this massive city, and hear its ringing clash of modern and old, you’ll want make sure you haven't overpaid on your airfare. Look to the season's flank months of mid-May and November, and think about travelling on a Wednesday or Thursday morning.
London's budget carrier standby, Stansted (STN), is the lowest cost place to fly to Frankfurt from – even if it's 35 miles to the north. The fastest direct train to the airport is the Stansted Express, which leaves Liverpool Street every 15-20 minutes. If you book online, you’ll get significant savings at a cost of GBP 12. Alternatively, EasyBus picks up from around central London and costs GBP 8. Given Stansted Airport is just off the M11 motorway, driving up for a park-and-fly is also readily do-able.
London Frankfurt flights travel over 470 miles westwards in about an hour and a half. SAS and Swiss Air offer well-priced flights for this route, but Ryanair comes out on top in the prices stake. You can also get direct flights from mainline carrier, Lufthansa. Also note that Frankfurt is an hour ahead of London, so you lose an hour while you're up in the air.
Frankfurt am Main has two terminals with Terminal 1 being used for Lufthansa and Star Alliance airlines, while Terminal 2 serves all other airlines. The most convenient way to get into the city is by train. Take lines S8 or S9 from the regional train station in Terminal 1, and you'll be in central Frankfurt in 11 minutes. All tickets costs about GBP 4. A taxi into the city centre, on the other hand, costs about GBP 25 and takes 30 minutes.
There are some obvious things to do in Frankfurt, and some less so. A visit to the Gothic-fronted Römerplatz is one that has to be done, even if it's just for the thrill of seeing a slice of medieval Germany standing up to the bullying mirror-shaded tower blocks all around. The Museum of Modern Art is a bizarre shaped work of art in itself, and will have you as intrigued on the outside as you are artistically challenged within. Then there are the curveballs. A visit to the Struwwelpeter Museum will introduce you to Shockheaded Peter, a nightmarish figure in the German psyche that you might want to wish away. Alternatively, you can stroll onto the Eiserner Steg, Frankfurt's stalwart bridge over the Maine. When you look back at the skyline of skyscrapers it might just click as to why they call this city 'Mainhattan'.
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