Practical Information in Frankfurt

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If you are visiting Frankfurt for the first time, these few Frankfurt practical information tips can help you plan your vacation. Frankfurt is one of the financial and business centers in Germany. This dynamic city has a lot of things to offer for business and leisure travelers alike.

Geography, Climate and Time Zone

Frankfurt is located in the southwest of Germany. This city has a modest humid climate and summer is from the month of May to October and the temperature is normally between 10 and 32 degrees C. Winter is from November to March; January being the coldest with temperature ranging between -10 to +10 degrees C. Frankfurt falls in the GMT+1 time zone, which is 7 hours ahead of the EST time zone.

Visa and Passport

If you are traveling to Frankfurt you must carry a valid passport, visa and Advance Passenger Information (API) with you. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your visit to the city.  With regards to a visa, if you are from USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Ireland, you are allowed to enter Frankfurt without a visa. However, if you are from the Schengen countries you must have a standard Schengen Visa. 

Customs

Just like any other country, you must pass through custom before you can actually enter and roam around Frankfurt. It is illegal to carry weapons and illegal drugs into the country, as well as poultry products or pet birds. However, you can import or export duty free merchandise but in limited amounts only.

Currency

The official currency used in Frankfurt is euro (€). Recent exchange rate is equal to 1 euro= $1.53. However this rate may change daily without prior notice. You can exchange currency at the banks or at the exchange bureau in airports and railway stations. If you don’t want to carry around extra cash, you can use your credit cards for shopping. Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants, malls, hotels and most shopping complexes.

Local Transportation

Frankfurt has an efficient public transport, so getting around the city is not a problem. The most popular way to get around is by using the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, bus and tram. You can buy a ticket for a day or even a week so that you don’t have to keep buying tickets every time you travel. Tickets cost around €5.40 for an adult for 1 day of travel.

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Medical Services

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Round the clock doctor service. The University Clinic at Theodor Stern Kai 7 in Sachsenhausen is a good place to go for a midnight emergency. If you look for a pharmacy that is open at night just find the first pharmacy and look which one has duty. It is always indicated at the window.

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tel:+49 (0)69 19 29 21

Post Office

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Open from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays, and until 1 pm on Saturdays. There is also a post office in the central station and on the airport (open daily, 7 am to 9 pm).

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address:Zeil 108-110

Telephones

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The international country code for Germany is +49

The national city code for Frankfurt is 069

If you call from abroad dial +49 69 followed by the individual number

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Tourist Office main station

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Open: weekdays 8 am to 9 pm, weekends only until noon. At the tourist office you can get a Frankfurtcard which gives you reductions to all museums, as well as free use of public transport.

The lifestyle magazine with all current events, the "Fritz" is available.

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address:inside the Hauptbahnhof
tel:+49 (0)69 - 2123 8849

Consulates

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Quite a few foreign countries are represented by a consular office in Frankfurt. Here are a few addresses in case you need them.

Australia: Gutleutstrasse 85, tel: +49 (0)69 27 39 09.

UK: Bockenheimer Landstrasse 42, tel: +49 (0)69 17 00 20.

USA: Siesmayerstrasse 21, tel: +49 (0)69 75 35 00.

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Bookshops

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There is a British bookshop in the Boerserstrasse at no. 17. It has a really good collection. Hugendubel at the Steinweg also has English books. It is a cosy place where you can sit and read the books you consider buying.

In the railway station you can get English and American magazines at Schmitt and Hahn. They also have fiction novels. At the airport these are easily found as well.

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