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Frankfurt is a city of movement, where individuals dive into their daily routines in the centre and in the suburbs. Indeed, the city offers many opportunities for movement. Also, its rapid transit network achieves to make every point reachable. The Rhine-Main Transport is the largest public transport association in the country and serves the whole Rhine-Main Region. This opportunity for movement makes the city lively and daily commuting as fast as possible.

Frankfurt has not only efficient but also diverse transportation options. Other than the trains S-Bahn and the underground U-Bahn, the city has an organised network of buses and trams. Besides, it is perfectly adapted for cycling (with a possibility for bike rental) or using an electric scooter.

The S-Bahn and U-Bahn in Frankfurt

The suburban rail or the S-Bahn includes trains that go to the city centre, but also in the suburbs and to the airport. Trains are operational between 4 am and 1 am, with service every 15 or 30 minutes; they are even more regular during rush hour. The S-Bahn is fast and reliable and is the most common mean of transport for people in the region.

The Underground (the U-Bahn) is a combination of underground rail in the centre and ground level in the suburbs. The Underground operates between 3.20 am, and 2.00 am the next day and usually has service every 15 minutes. Both the S-Bahn and the U-Bahn allow transportation of bikes unless there is too much crowd. Tickets can be purchased online or at the stations, but not on board.

Buses and trams in Frankfurt

The city has 42 bus lines which are secondary to the railway. They are, nonetheless, well-organised and many operate all night. It is possible to buy a ticket on the bus. Besides, all of them are well adapted for a wheelchair or a stroller. Unlike the rail lines, the buses allow only foldable bikes on board.

The city has nine tram lines, with connections every 10 minutes and ride from 3 am to 2 am the next day.

Ticket prices in Frankfurt

Since the same network manages transportation in Frankfurt, one ticket is valid for different means of transport. There are no barriers to the entrance; however, there are regular inspectors who check if all passengers got a ticket. Failing to have one or having a ticket which is not valid is liable to a fine of 60 euros.

Tickets prices vary from one zone to another and can be between 1.80 euro (for short 2km rides) to 2.80 euros. Longer commuting to the suburbs can cost between 4.65 euros and 9.10 euros. Students, children and pensioners have the opportunity to get a discount. Among these options, for infrequent users of the public transportation system, a daily ticket can be comfortable and costs 7 euros.

Cycling in Frankfurt

Germany is a country that respects health and sustainability; therefore, bikes make a significant part of the daily commute. The city is bike-friendly and has special lanes for bikes, both over short and long distances. This is, without a doubt, the cheapest and fastest way to go around the city and to explore. Frankfurters go around by bike all year long no matter the weather circumstances. It is easy to find a secondhand bike, but it is better to do it with care. Bike theft is large, and a good bike lock is necessary.

For those who do not want to buy a bike, the German rail Deutsche Bahn offers the opportunity to rent a bike through the Call a bike service. These have a registration fee of 12 euros, and then the rates vary. The basic option costs 1 euro every thirty minutes, and 15 euros for the whole day.

Electric scooters in Frankfurt

E-scooter sharing has become a trend all over the world today. E-scooters can be rented anywhere inside the city centre and left at any other location (within the limits of the company). While their number is increasing, Frankfurt is home to companies like Tier Mobility and Circ. The scooters usually have 1 euro cost with the start of a ride with additional 15-20 cents per minute.

Taxi and car rental in Frankfurt

Taxi is the least convenient option in Frankfurt, as it is expensive and quite unnecessary. However, taxies can be easily found around the city or booked through an app. Car Sharing is available everywhere through companies like car2go, book-n-drive and Druvy. Car2go costs around 19-40 cents per minute, while book-n-drive is about 1 euro per hour plus 25 cents per kilometre.

Frankfurt is a busy international centre where daily commuting is easy and well organised. The mean of transport you will choose usually depends on the distance, the commuting habits and the budgetary preferences. Reaching a destination in Frankfurt is fast, stress-free and easy for the needs of every person.

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