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Transferring at Frankfurt Airport

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Transferring at Frankfurt Airport


If I was arriving on a Lufthansa flight at Frankfurt Airport, at 5:45 AM, transferring to a Lufthansa flight to a destination inside Germany, would 3 hours and 15 minutes be a realistic connection time? I know Frankfurt Airport, like many major hubs in Europe, can require more time to connect because of security and everything else associated with the transfer process--just wanted to see if this would be a realistic connection time.

Any help is appreciated--thank you in advance for your assistance.


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1. Re: Transferring at Frankfurt Airport

3h15m is plenty of time for transferring at FRA.

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2. Re: Transferring at Frankfurt Airport

Should be more than enough time if everything goes smoohly. As per your post in May, 2 hours is minimum at Frankfurt. The advice then was that Munich would be a better bet.


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3. Re: Transferring at Frankfurt Airport

Transfer Guide published by the airport, is here:


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4. Re: Transferring at Frankfurt Airport

It's plenty of time to make a transfer. As long as your flight is on time. Like anyone making a connection, you should weigh the consequences of missing it. If you're going to a destination that has flights by the hour and you don't have a critical meeting or reservation you have to be there at a precise time, then 3:15 is more than enough. If it's all on one ticket and you miss the connection, Lufthansa will put you on the next available flight.

If you've got some super-critical connection or reservation at your final destination that would be a disaster to miss, and there's only one flight a day, then you'd want more time just in case your flight is late arriving in Frankfurt.

I'm making a connection through another international airport in a few months that should really only take 1 hour. But the only available flight that day leaves me just 90 minutes and if I miss it, it'll be a total mess of my plans, so we're flying the night before. But I've done other connections through big international hubs with 1-2 hours when I had no firm plans and would not have been inconvenienced too badly if I was delayed.

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5. Re: Transferring at Frankfurt Airport

While FRA is clearly the worse hub in Europe, it is not that bad. 3+ hours is enough. Do wear though comfortable shoes as you will very probably walk for more than 30 minutes and queue for a long time (for immigration and security).

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6. Re: Transferring at Frankfurt Airport

3 hours????!! one is more than enough, or one and 1/2 in winter.I use frequently Frankfurt and never ever had problems.

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7. Re: Transferring at Frankfurt Airport

I'd even say that that is too much time... unless you are changing between two different tickets.

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