The Frankfurt Airport (Fraport) is the busiest on continental Europe and is a tremendously important benefit for the region. The Fraport seems to be in a constant state of construction and expansion. Indeed, over the past few years, the facility has undergone a major refurbishment that today makes it more attractive and more efficient for both regular passengers and business travelers. The latest project is a super-sleek hotel named The Squaire, which sits atop the high-speed rail terminal.
The Frankfurt Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 is dominated by Lufthansa and the airlines in the Star Alliance. Terminal 2, with its ultra-modern architecture, hosts many international carriers and features an excellent visitors terrace for plane spotters. The two terminals are connected via an elevated tram. To save some time and possible aggravation, be sure to ask your travel agent to write your departure terminal on your ticket envelope so that you know which building to go to before you begin your trip to the airport. You can also check this online at www.frankfurt-airport.com
Parking at the airport terminal can be expensive: 4.50 euros an hour, 25 euros per day. But you can save up to 53% on the weekly rates if you book ahead of time over the website, or if you choose to park in an outlying lot and take advantage of the shuttle bus service. The high-speed rail station that serves DB (Deutsche Bundesbahn) trains traveling throughout Germany can be very convenient if you or your visitors are arriving from, or traveling to, a distant location. Catch these trains at the upper level of the airport's ICE train station, or at Frankfurt's main train station. There are also buses that will bring you directly to the airport from various points in the Rhein-Main region.
Thanks to the explosive growth of the low-cost airline Ryanair, the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is now Germany's tenth largest. The airport, located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, is a former US airbase that serves as Ryanair's German hub to nearly 50 European destinations in 17 countries. Ryanair is the leading European low-cost airline and sometimes offers fares for as little as 1 euro. But don't be fooled: there is also a long list of extra fees for luggage, service, credit cards, etc. that usually pushes the fare up to 100 euros or more. Getting by shuttle bus to the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport from the Frankfurt Airport takes approximately 90 minutes and costs 12 euros one way. The airport offers low-priced long-term parking costing between 3.50 and 7 euros per day and between 24.50 and 40 euros per week. www.hahn-airport.de.
The Cologne/Bonn Airport has also grown quickly in recent years, thanks to low-cost airlines. Germanwings, TUIfly, easyJet and Wizzair all offer discounted flights to just about every destination in Europe. About 10 million passengers depart from the Cologne/Bonn Airport every year, making it Germany's sixth largest. Many avail themselves of the airport's long-distance railway station, which is one stop on the ICE line from Cologne to Frankfurt and Cologne to Berlin. The airport is only 15 minutes away from the Cologne main train station and is reachable with the S-Bahn line 13.