London to Frankfurt

Frankfurt's Roemer, or Old Roman Square

Frankfurt's Roemer, or Old Roman Square
Photo Courtesy of 
Frankfurt Tourismus & Congress (Frankfurt Tourism Board)

Getting from London to Frankfurt is easiest by plane with either British Airways or Lufthansa to Frankfurt International Airport. Trains from London to Frankfurt currently require at least one change, the best option being in Brussels. There are also Ryanair flights from London to Frankfurt but these go to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, a smaller airport which is 125km (78 miles) from Frankfurt city centre.


London to Frankfurt with British Airways
British Airways has several flights per day from London Heathrow to Frankfurt International Airport. Bear in mind that Frankfurt is a huge destination for business travelers. It’s estimated that as many as 80% of its visitors are there on business. Many of them fly from London to Frankfurt and back on the same day for business meetings. The most expensive flights therefore tend to be very early morning and then in the evening for the return journeys. Prices are usually cheaper if you’re happy to travel in the middle of the day.

British Airways also has several flights per day from London City Airport. Fares are often cheaper than flights from Heathrow.

London to Frankfurt with Ryanair
Ryanair’s Frankfurt flights go to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. Frankfurt-Hahn is a small airport and is about 125km (78 miles) from Frankfurt city centre. It’s actually much closer to Koblenz than it is to Frankfurt. Journey time is about 85-120 minutes, depending whether you drive or take a coach. There are car hire companies at the airport and coach connections to Frankfurt via Frankfurt International Airport, but no train station.

If you do want to fly from London to Frankfurt-Hahn on Ryanair because of the cheaper fares then flights go to and from London Stansted only. Check the Ryanair website.

London to Frankfurt with Lufthansa
Lufthansa also flies from London Heathrow to Frankfurt International, and they usually have more flights per day to choose from than British Airways.

Lufthansa also has several flights per day from London City Airport though in their case fares are usually cheaper from Heathrow.

Journey Times
Journey time from London Heathrow to Frankfurt International Airport is about 1 hr 40 mins. Journey time between London City Airport and Frankfurt International is about 1 hr 25-30 mins.

Frankfurt International Airport
Frankfurt International Airport is only 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of the city center and has very good transport connections by train, taxi, bus, shuttle bus or even by bicycle if you don’t have too much luggage!

See the excellent Frankfurt International Airport website for full details of transport connections to and from the city, which are available in numerous languages.

Frankfurt Skyline and the Main River

The Frankfurt Skyline and the Main River
Photo Courtesy of Frankfurt Tourismus & Congress (Frankfurt Tourism Board)

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At the moment to go from London to Frankfurt by train involves changing at other destinations including Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris. Frankfurt is about 3 hours by train from Brussels, and 4 hours from either Amsterdam or Paris.

London to Frankfurt via Brussels is the quickest and easiest route. Train tickets can be booked on the Voyages-SNCF website (formerly RailEurope). Do compare journeys as the total journey time can vary from about 5.5 hours to 7.5 hours, and note that some journeys need an extra change in Cologne, adding to the journey time. Early morning trains from London tend to be the cheapest.

However, there are plans to extend the Eurostar connections from London so that passengers can book through from London to Frankfurt by train via Paris, without having to change trains. This may be in operation by 2015. 


The European branch of National Express, Eurolines, has direct coach connections between London and Frankfurt. Prices are, on average, about half the cost of flying but of course the journey times are much longer.

There are currently one or two departures per day from London’s Victoria Coach Station with journey times of 13.5-14.5 hours.

Buses arrive in Frankfurt at the coach station next to Frankfurt’s main rail station in the city centre.

Megabus New Daily Low-cost Coach Service

In late 2014 Megabus launched a new daily low-cost coach service between Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. Fares can be booked in advance for as little as €1 one-way, with all bookings carrying a €0.50 booking fee. Megabus guarantees that there are some €1 fares on every journey, but you will need to book ahead to get the low fares.

Three new double-decker coaches will operate the route, with 887 seats, free WiFi, power sockets and onboard toilets.

Pick up/drop off points:
Brussels – Rue Du Cardinal Mercier
Cologne – Gummersbacher Strasse
Frankfurt –Hbf, Mannheimer Straße
Stuttgart - Stuttgart (Oberturkheim Bf)
Munich - Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof, Hackerbrücke

Megabus Frankfurt-Lyon-Barcelona Coach Service

In 2015 Megabus opened a base in Lyon and began a new service allowing travel between Frankfurt, Lyon, Montpellier and other cities in France and Germany, all the way to Barcelona. See:
Lyon-Montpellier-Frankfurt by Coach

The Museum Embankment Festival in Frankfurt

The Museum Embankment Festival in Frankfurt
Photo Courtesy of Frankfurt Tourismus & Congress (Frankfurt Tourism Board)

For more information on Frankfurt and the
surrounding area visit the official website for
the Frankfurt Rhein-Main region

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