The Frankfurt Airport (Fraport) is the busiest in continental Europe, with international flights to nearly all destinations. The Frankfurt Airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 is dominated by Lufthansa and the airlines in the Star Alliance, while 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 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 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.
Within the airport complex there is a long-distance train station and a regional train station, making it very convenient to commute to and from the airport with public transportation. The long-distance train station is connected to Terminal 1 by a skywalk and the regional station is located in the lower level of Terminal 1. There are also buses that will bring you directly to the airport from various points in the Rhine-Neckar region.
Thanks to the explosive growth of low-cost airline Ryanair, the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is now Germany's tenth largest - overtaking more established airports such as Leipzig and Bremen. The Hahn Airport, located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, is a former US airbase that serves as Ryanair's German hub to nearly 60 European destinations in 18 countries. Ryanair is the leading European low-cost airline and sometimes offers fares for as little as 10 euro. But, there is a long list of extra fees for luggage, service, credit cards, etc., that usually increase the fare to 100 euros or more. There is a bus connection from Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen to Hahn Airport which takes approximately 2 hours and costs 20 euros one way. Currently, there are no train connections to Hahn.The airport offers low-priced long-term parking, costing between 3.50 and 7 euros a day and between 24.50 and 40 euros per week. To get the lowest parking rates you must reserve your parking spot over the internet well ahead of time. For more information about how to get to the airport, consult the website at www.hahn-airport.de.
In terms of passengers, this airport in Baden-Baden is the second largest in Baden-Württemberg. Located on a former Canadian military airbase about 40 kilometers outside of Karlsruhe, the Baden Airpark flies to destinations in Europe, Turkey and north Africa. The airport is served by Ryanair (Europe's largest budget airline), as well as Airberlin and various charter airlines. There is bus and rail service to the airport, and long-term parking is relatively inexpensive if reserved ahead of time over the website. More information can be found at www.baden-airpark.de.
The Stuttgart Airport is the largest in the state of Baden-Württemberg, offering direct flights to numerous European destinations and connecting flights to many other international airports. The airport also offers a daily direct flight to Atlanta. In recent years, the airport has been expanded so that it now has five terminals. The airport is located outside of Stuttgart and can be reached with the S-Bahn in about 27 minutes from the main train station in Stuttgart. Parking at the airport costs 4 euros an hour and 27 euros per day. There are less expensive parking options, if you book ahead of time over the website. www.flughafen-stuttgart.de