Living in Frankfurt?
Transport and Education in Frankfurt
Driving in the City
With the Frankfurter Kreuz, the city is well connected to the German Autobahn. Thus traveling to or from Frankfurt by car is easy. However, when it comes to driving in the city, Frankfurt is known as one of the worst cities in Germany to explore by car. One-way streets are everywhere in the city center and it is almost impossible to find a place to park. It is always best to park your car somewhere near a bus or train station and use the public transportation system to get around the city. For more information, have a look at our article on driving in Germany.
Of course, taxis are readily available as well all over the city, particularly around the main station and at the airport. Additionally, there are taxi stands at the Römer, at Kaiserstrasse, Schweizer Platz, and Bockenheimer Warte. Keep in mind that taxis are the more expensive alternative to public transportation. If you wish to call a cab ahead of time, contact one of the following companies:
- Taxi Frankfurt eG (call 069/230001)
- Time Car GmbH (call 069/20304)
- SGS Taxi GmbH (call 069/79307999)
Public Transportation: Ready for You, No Matter the Hour
As mentioned above, public transportation is probably the easiest and cheapest way to explore Frankfurt. Almost all corners of the city are connected by bus, tram, train, or the subway system — 9 suburban (S-Bahn) lines, 9 subway (U-Bahn) lines, 9 trams, 57 bus routes, and 26 night bus routes stand at your disposal as of 2016. Thus, no matter the hour, getting around the city will be easy and hassle-free.
The Rhein-Main Verkehrsbund (RMV) is responsible for operating all of the area’s modes of public transportation. You can purchase your single and day tickets from vending machines at almost every stop; most ticket machines also offer the opportunity to purchase weekly and monthly tickets, however, you can also purchase these, and yearly tickets, from the RMV ticket shop. For more information, visit the RMV website.
Frankfurt Airport: A Key Transport Hub
Listed as Europe’s fourth busiest airport, in 2015 over 61 million passengers passed through the doors to Frankfurt airport. It is easily accessible from the Autobahn and has its own long-distance train station. Additionally, the Lufthansa Airport Bus offers connections to Kaiserslautern, Cologne/Bonn, Saarbrücken, and Strasbourg. There is also a shuttle service between Frankfurt airport and Heidelberg.
While Frankfurt’s main airport is popular for many destinations and airlines around the world, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is popular for low-budget airlines such as Ryanair and Whizz Air. While it might sound tempting to catch a cheap flight to another European country, you should know that despite its name, this airport is not really located close to Frankfurt. In fact, it takes at least an hour and a half to travel the 125 km from the city of Frankfurt. Still, the tiny airport is popular, with close to 2.7 million passengers in 2015. There are shuttle buses running from Frankfurt to Frankfurt-Hahn.
Raising Bilingual Kids in Frankfurt
Luckily for expat families, Frankfurt is not only a great traffic hub, but it also offers a lot of opportunities for international education. Below is a list of some of the international schools available in and around Frankfurt:
- Accadis International School
- Erasmus School
- European School Frankfurt
- Frankfurt International School (FIS) and International School of Wiesbaden
- International School Frankfurt-Rhein-Main (ISF)
- Japanese International School (website in Japanese only)
- Lycée Français Victor Hugo (website in French and German only)
- Metropolitan School Frankfurt
- Strothoff International School
Keep in mind that this is just a brief overview. There is an abundance of public and private schools in Frankfurt offering bilingual education. The Staatliches Schulamt (the local education authority) may be able to provide more information, but please be aware that the website is only available in German.
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