About Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA)
Address: Terminal 2, Level 2, Halle D, Frankfurt, 60549
Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA) serves Frankfurt, Germany’s fifth-largest city and one of Europe’s leading centers of finance. Located 13 km (8 mi) from downtown Frankfurt, (FRA) airport car rental center is situated in the Airport City Mall in Terminal 1, with a modest selection of big name companies (Avis, Sixt, Europcar, etc.) to choose from.
Driving in Frankfurt is neither more nor less challenging than navigating any other major city. You’ll deal with narrow streets, a confusing patchwork of infrastructure, and the obligatory parking challenges. Road signs are clearly marked, but if you don’t read German, you might not know what they mean. At any rate, despite popular opinion in favor of public transportation, getting around Frankfurt requires the independence and mobility of a car hire. That — a GPS, some knowledge of written German, and a sense of humor.
Road rules in Germany are famously strict and precise, and perhaps, more so in Frankfurt than any other city in the country. That’s because Frankfurters are known for particularly aggressive driving. Do some homework about German traffic regulations before you rent a car and get behind the wheel in Frankfurt; otherwise, brace yourself for stiff penalties and fines. Police aren’t known for giving free passes to clueless tourists.
Choosing your car
Given German’s reputation and history as the leader in automobile manufacturing, it should come as no surprise than German cars are among the most popular vehicles available at (FRA). In some ways, it makes choosing your car that much easier. An Audi compact is ideal for getting around the city. Mid-sized BWMs seat 5 passengers comfortably and don’t take up too much room in the parkhaus. Mercedes-Benz has several models of standard luxury vehicles for a more refined approach to travel. And of course, Volkswagen 7-9 seater minivans are perfect for groups and families.
Tips and advice
It seems kind of excessive, but Germans are a practical folk. Safety first. That means children under the age of 12 and under 150 cm must be in a child safety seat appropriate for their size.
Watch your spacing in traffic. Tailgating the car in front of you comes with an incredibly steep fine.
They’re not kidding about rules in Frankfurt. Not using your turn signal to indicate a turn, merge, or lane change is fineable offense. And they will pull you over for it. And fine you on the spot.
You’ve got parking, you need rules. Some street parking spots in Frankfurt are reserved for local residents. Look for "Parkausweis” followed by a number. Don’t park there. You’ll get towed. Towing is expensive. Instead, use a parking garage (parkhaus) and skip the hassle of street parking altogether.
Even though some of the rural sections of the Autobahn technically don’t have speed limits, wherever you do see a posted limit, obey it. The speed trap industry in Germany is booming.
At urban intersections, a yellow diamond road sign gives you the right of way. A white triangle with a red border means oncoming traffic has the right of way.