Your Guide to Frankfurt Hahn Airport
Due to its remote location, Frankfurt Hahn Airport – which is the same distance from Frankfurt as it is to Luxembourg - tends to be more popular with the low-cost passenger airlines such as Wizz Air, SunExpress and Ryanair (the latter uses the airport as a major base and has announced three new routes for April 2013 - Corfu, Rijeka (Croatia) and Tangier in Morocco).
Frankfurt Hahn Airport Address for GPS: 49°56'54"N 7°15'51"E
Although it was originally controlled by the owners of Frankfurt International Airport (who wanted to ensure traffic was diverted from the larger airport), since 2009 the Hahn Airport – which sits around 124 km from Frankfurt - has been largely owned by the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The airport is the fifth largest cargo flying destination in Germany. In fact, it picked up the accolade of “Cargo Airport of the Year 2012” from best-selling air cargo magazine Air Cargo News in London for having the highest freight growth in the category up to 300,000 tonnes (it increased capacity by 33 per cent on the previous year).
Frankfurt Hahn Airport – which is open 24 hours and seven days a week - may be a lot smaller than its nearest neighbour Frankfurt International Airport but it still offers a range of facilities eagerly pounced on by the typical air passenger and enough retail browsing to ensure time waiting for a flight can be passed happily. There is also the obligatory airport tour (which must be booked in advance) as well as some sporting activities to help while away the hours for those not interested in retail therapy of any kind.
General facilities in the airport include a number of diverse snack bars and restaurants, several ‘traditional German’ gift and souvenir shops and even a spot of quality retail shopping. Taxis and car rentals are available and a reasonable private bus service takes passengers to and from most of the major cities in West Germany.
There are two hotels at the airport itself – the B & B Hotel Frankfurt Hahn Airport and the Hotel Schinderhannes. The official airport website also lists a number of hotels within the vicinity with approximate distance from the airport of from as little as 10km away up to 90km in distance.
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There is no direct railway service to Hahn, the nearest being around 20km by road at Traben-Trarbach.
Traveller’s cheques and currencies can be bought and sold at a Traveller’s Bureau in the airport itself while there are a number of cash machine terminals available to access ready cash.
Restaurants and cafes
For those with an hour or so to spare prior to their flight, the Buena Vista - Bar & Restaurant offers a variety of burgers, steaks, pizza, pasta dishes and salads along with cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.
A wide range of snacks are also on offer, ranging from traditional German fare such as pastries, bread, tarts and cakes to Italian delicacies and coffee. There is also a pizza parlour and Middle Eastern kebabs.
A big favourite with children, fried foods are available in the form of pommes frites and the internationally familiar McDonald’s.
For those who fancy a wander around without having to haul suitcases and bags then a selection of lockers are available in which to store their goods. These come in three different sizes from small to large and will keep baggage or other goods for a maximum of 28 days. They can easily be located near the front door at the passenger terminal.
For those with a bit more spare time on their hands than just an hour or so there is a nine course golf course nearby. This offers taster sessions for the beginner and equipment hire for novice and more experienced players. Younger adults and children may also enjoy the very popular go-kart track which is located in Building 101 at the airport.
Up to six separate and recognizable car rental companies are all located within the terminal building at Frankfurt Hahn. The companies include Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget Dollar, National Sixt, Thrifty and Eurocar.
There are several parking options at Frankfurt Hahn from on unsecured on site parking to various offsite parking options with security. You can also pre-book the parking.
Frankfurt Hahn Airport Parking
Taxis are available for hire from the front of the airport terminal.
A number of private bus operators run services to the city of Frankfurt, the International Airport, Cologne and Luxembourg in addition to various major cities scattered throughout the West German region such as Trier, Koblenz, Mainz and Worms. Travellers can also head from the airport to Neu-Isenburg, Offenbach and Hanau for €8.
Connections are also available via Idar-Oberstein and the health resort Bad Kreuznach in the Nahe Valley. Shuttle bus connections run from Bingen and Koblenz in the Middle Rhine Valley as well as Bullay and Zell in the Moselle valley.
For those with access to a car, this is probably the easiest way to reach the airport as the Autobahn (highway A61) is only 25 miles away via the B50 trunk road. Those who have just arrived can rent a car from various operators in the terminal building.
Standard duty free items such as spirits, cosmetics, perfumes and sweets are available from selected shops while others sell a range of snacks, drinks and newspapers (including an international selection), magazines and books. You’ll also find a range of gifts and souvenirs.
For those you enjoy label shopping there are ranges by popular brands designed to appeal to young and old, as well as jewellery, designer sunglasses and other fashion accessories.
Duty Free at the airport is run by the company Heinemann. They offer bonus miles on purchases (these can also be redeemed via their duty free outlets). On certain designated flights passengers are also able to purchase duty free on touchdown as well as prior to their flight.
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