Budget Travel Ideas in Frankfurt

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Frankfurt is the 5th largest city in Germany and is located on the Main River. Out of all of continental Europe, Frankfurt is the largest financial center. This city may not seem very important compared to Berlin or Munich, but it is in fact the transportation center in Germany, boasting of one of the busiest airports in Europe and one of the largest train stations in Europe. Frankfurt is also home to one of the high-speed autobahns. A city with such attractions is a sure bet in having some great activities for those on a budget.

Getting There

Lufthansa is a very popular German airline. When going to Germany, you definitely want to take a look at the Lufthansa website to check prices, but if they seem to high, try searching multi-airline searcher for better prices. Remember that flying during the week will usually get you better prices than flying out on a Friday or Saturday, and, if at all possible, going during off-season will often spring you better savings, as well.

What to Do

The Frankfurt Cards come in either 1- or 2-day choices and are sold for both individuals and groups. For just one adult, the price would be around $12 for 1 day or $18 for 2 days, or if you are in a group with under 5 visitors, you can get an excellent deal on the card that will give you the price of $21 for 1 day and $34 for 2 days. The card gives you free use of public transportation within the city and to and from the airport. You will also get discounts to almost everything in the city from motorized tours to participating retail outlets, including a 50% discount on the entrance fee for 20museums. Go on a river cruise or to an opera at a great price. Worth noting, though, is that the prices for these cards are going up slightly in 2010.

Where to Stay

Located near the city center is Frankfurt Hostel, just across the street from the main train station and only a walk away from the theater, opera, and downtown area. You will get free internet service and places to store extra bags. Single, double, and dorm rooms are offered, prices starting at $27 per bed per night.The 5 Elements Hostel is a popular accommodation for tourists. Also centrally located, a bed in one of the dorm rooms starts at $30 per night.

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