Well I said in my last post that I would blog about Frankfurt Hahn, so here it is
That mostly sums it up!
First thing to be aware of is that Frankfurt Hahn is not in, or even really near, Frankfurt, but is about 75 miles away (about the same distance as Southampton Airport is from London) in, well pretty much the middle of nowhere! It’s actually as close to Luxembourg as to Frankfurt. It is not in close proximity to any railway stations, but there is a large array of bus services and car hire options. It also has parking for about 8 million cars based on what we observed. There were about 8 parked the night we flew out…
The airport used to be a military base, used by the US air force. I can’t be bothered with more history, take a look here if you really care. My point in this is that it explains the location! Hahn is primarily a base for Ryanair‘s flights to Frankfurt, with a couple of other budget airlines and a smattering of cargo flights.
Anyway, tip number 1. If travelling to Frankfurt, look at Terravision‘s bus services, not just at the Bohr service advertised on the airport website. They were way cheaper for us than Bohr, especially as the latter would have charged full fare for the kids. We nearly didn’t use them, as we didn’t find them when searching online, and the staff on the plane didn’t appear to know much about them, despite the fact they were trying to sell tickets for them. However the helpful (if slightly pushy) rep who pounced on us as we got off the plane convinced us. The downside is that the bus takes you into the suburbs, but the underground train into the city only took a few minutes, and cost 2 Euro single or 8.40 for an all day ticket for 5 people. Terravision staff even helped us with buying tickets from the machine! The bus was more comfy than my recent National Express experience too.
Tip number 2. Prepare for boredom at the airport, and don’t go airside too early! We made the mistake of going through security straight away, thinking airside facilities would match landside ones. We didn’t see much of what was available on the land side, but I know they at least had a cash machine! Past security there was no sign of an atm, and the small shop closed about 10. The seats were classic airport plastic yuck, and even the cafes didn’t look very comfortable.