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Frankfurt Train Station

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My parents are flying into Frankfurt and taking a train to Zurich. Since they have quite some bags, the plan is to take a taxi to the train station and get into the train.

Question: Could some of you throw some light as to the availability of Luggage Trolleys in the station? if yes, would they be close to the taxi stand?

Thank you for the responses in advance.
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

The fast train to Switzerland leaves directly from the airport. No need to get into Frankfurt. Also fewer people on the train. Just get in at the airport, stay put until Basel, change there. Smaller train station, less people, less hassle. Try to book a seat though, it's a popular journey. If you book first class they will serve you at your seat, rather nice check in advance if the plane gets in on time (just check for a couple of days if it was on time) and then make the seat reservation accordingly. To be on the safe side you could also make a reservation for two trains. Just the reservation is not that much and the train ticket should be the same price. But check. Check on www.sbb.ch and on www.db.de. The DB might be cheaper (but not always)
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

Train from airport to Frankfurt is the easiest option if they are connecting to a train.

But why oh why are they doing that??
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

I'd take the SBahn from the airport to Frankfurt main station rather than a taxi. It'll be much cheaper, quicker and probably easier too.
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I'd take the SBahn from the airport to Frankfurt main station rather than a taxi. It'll be much cheaper, quicker and probably easier too.
It is indeed. It takes less than 15 minutes. Here is an example of the train connections.

http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/que...&rt=1&OK#focus

The ones labelled with an "S" are the cheaper options. There is actually no need to look them up beforehand as they go regularly several times an hour. Just be aware that there are two stations at the airport. One for fast trains and long- distance connections (ICE) and one for the regional trains. So your parents should head to "Regionalbahnhof" - it's well signposted.
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

Thank you all for the useful responses.

The reason we thought taxi would be best is because of the number of bags and I was not sure if the navigation between the airport and the airport train station would be comfortable. I thought would be easier to take the trolley to the taxi - load them and reach the train station, unload them to a trolley and get into the train. They are certainly now on the young or strong.

They were flying back to india from canada and are stopping by to visit us. that is the reson they are not flying into zurich.
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They were flying back to india from canada and are stopping by to visit us. that is the reson they are not flying into zurich.
But they could still book a return flight Frankfurt-Zurich-Frankfurt, or am I missing something ? While they could not check their luggage through to Zurich they would just need to use the trolleys within the airport, rather than lugging their luggage around various trains.
When you book well in advance the cost may be just a little bit higher than taking the train.
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

I traveled once via Frankfurt with lot of luggage. I had to catch train for Dortmund from airport station. I walked at least 2 kms from the arrival point - luggage collection point - train station. I booked train in advance and train arrived on different platform than what was written on my ticket. Luckily I was cautious although tired and I didn't miss the train. It was really very difficult as all announcement were in German. After that I never went Dormund via Frankfurt. I always chosen Dusseldorf. Much smaller airport and much more convenient. I hope your parents will have pleasant journey. But in my opinion it is better to catch train from Airport itself and if you parents are very elderly then they can go for porter service if it is available.
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But they could still book a return flight Frankfurt-Zurich-Frankfurt, or am I missing something ? While they could not check their luggage through to Zurich they would just need to use the trolleys within the airport, rather than lugging their luggage around various trains.
When you book well in advance the cost may be just a little bit higher than taking the train.
Between india and canada they have a baggage allowance of about 46 kgs and from Frankfurt - zurich - frankfurt it is 23 kgs. When you take a train one doesn't have to worry about the baggage allowance
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The fast train to Switzerland leaves directly from the airport. No need to get into Frankfurt....
However, there maybe no direct train connection to Zurich from the airport train station. To basel, yes, but Zurich no.

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Between india and canada they have a baggage allowance of about 46 kgs and from Frankfurt - zurich - frankfurt it is 23 kgs. When you take a train one doesn't have to worry about the baggage allowance
They will probably have over a 100 kgs of baggage between them, so is changing trains completely ruled out? Maybe with enough time between trains?

Otherwise, i too would second the staying put till basel and changing there idea. DB has a Europa special deal, which can only be booked online, running these days. Frankfurt to Zurich in 39 euros on selected connections they were claiming.
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

Avoid changing in Mannheim with lots of luggage. The train station is confusing the first time and the lift isn't "obvious" to find. Very efficient when you know the place, but not for a first timer.

Hence: Take a direct train from Frankfurt Airport to Basel, take lots of time to change in Basel to the Zürich train. Even if you have to wait a lot, it's better than missing trains.


P.S. Frankfurt airport means lots of walking. If your parents need it, ask in advance the air company about assistance in the airport.
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

The Trolleys is available all the way from the airport terminal to the train station platform.
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

Why would you take a taxi from the airport to the airport? The train station is in the airport and it goes direct to Zurich from Frankfurt airport. Although some trains require a changemof trains in Basel
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Why would you take a taxi from the airport to the airport? The train station is in the airport and it goes direct to Zurich from Frankfurt airport. Although some trains require a changemof trains in Basel
To avoid loading and unloading bags twice, as explained before they are not young and will have a few bags with them. Not to mention change of platforms etc.
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To avoid loading and unloading bags twice, as explained before they are not young and will have a few bags with them. Not to mention change of platforms etc.
Actually you would not achieve the objective then as you will need toload and unload the taxi and then still get to the train platform which is not directly next to the taxi stand. There is a shuttle bus service and also I think there is a courtesy style service using one of those golf buggy type cars inside the airport. In my view having travelled through Frankfurt airport the taxi will actually be the more stressful and difficult option.

There is also only 2 platforms at the airport which you access via an elevator or escalators. If you go to the main station there are numerous platforms and you will need to walk an extended distance
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

Personally I'd investigate luggage storage at Frankfurt airport. Pack everything they need to visit you into one case and take that to Zurich and store the rest at the airport. The less luggage they have to cart around with them negotiating unfamiliar stations and trains the better. Especially being tired coming off a long haul flight and being elderly.
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Re: Frankfurt Train Station

Take direct train from airport to Basel, and you meet them in Basel to help with changing trains.

Problem solved.

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