Using Public Transportation in Frankfurt

In Frankfurt Tips by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

Navigating Frankfurt’s subways, trains, trams and buses can be an extra learning process that many fairgoers don’t have time to deal with. But we’ve done that for you. Here is our quick guide to getting around Frankfurt with public transportation.

All exhibitor and trade visitor badges are valid on U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains, trams and buses during the days of the Fair, which means you use the you can use subways, buses and trams for free. So we can skip lessons on how to buy tickets!

There are several types of trains that run through Frankfurt, the U-Bahn (local underground subway lines), S-Bahn (local subway/train lines that run further outside the city), as well as RE and RB trains (see our post on the train system in Germany).

Getting to the Fair

The Frankfurt fairgrounds are serviced by the following stops:

  • Festhalle/Messe on the U4
  • Messe on the S3, S4, S5 and S6
  • Festhalle/Messe on tram lines 16 and 17
  • Festhalle/Messe on bus lines 32 and 50

The S-Bahn stops on the Torhaus on the west side of the fairgrounds between Halls 8 and 6. The U4, trams and buses stop on the east side of the fairgrounds at the main entrance closer Halls 3 and 5.

At the Airport

From the Frankfurt airport (called Flughafen in German), you have access to the S8 and S9 which run into the city every 10 minutes or so, as well as ICE and IC trains to destinations further away.


Here is a list of handy, downloadable maps of Frankfurt’s local transportation. Print them out and take them with you, because not every platform and stop has a map of the entire transportation network.

The local transportation system, called the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV), has an online route planner that you can try as well.

Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson

QUESTIONS? Contact Hannah if you still have questions about using public transportation in Frankfurt or if you have a tip you’d like to share.

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About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the Publisher of Publishing Perspectives. Before joining PP in 2009, she worked as Project Manager at the German Book Office New York.