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Frankfurt Airport

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Frankfurt Airport (German: Flughafen Frankfurt am Main; IATA Code: FRA) is the largest airport in Germany and a global aviation hub located on the outskirts of Frankfurt am Main in the state of Hesse.

Frankfurt Airport Halal Explorer

Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1, landside

With the increasing number of Muslim passengers transiting through or visiting Germany, the airport has taken steps to ensure that Muslim travelers have access to essential facilities and services to meet their religious and cultural needs.

Prayer Rooms

Frankfurt Airport has designated prayer rooms for Muslims, known as "Gebetsräume" in German. These rooms are available in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. They are open 24/7 and provide a quiet and serene atmosphere for Muslims to perform their daily prayers (Salah) and engage in spiritual contemplation.

Terminal 1:

Concourse A: Level 2 (Non-Schengen Area) Concourse B: Level 3 (Schengen Area)

Terminal 2:

Concourse D: Level 3 (Non-Schengen Area) Concourse E: Level 3 (Schengen Area)

Wudu (Ablution) Facilities

The airport has taken into consideration the importance of ritual purity in Islam. Muslim passengers can find dedicated wudu (ablution) facilities for men and women within the prayer rooms. These facilities are designed to provide travelers with a clean and private space for the performance of wudu before their prayers.

Ramadan and Eid Services

During the holy month of Ramadan, Frankfurt Airport acknowledges the fasting needs of Muslim passengers. The prayer rooms often provide dates and water for travelers to break their fast (Iftar) at sunset. Additionally, some restaurants and food outlets may offer special Iftar menus or pre-packed meals for passengers observing the fast.

Nearby Mosques and Islamic Centers

For passengers with longer layovers or stopovers who wish to visit a mosque outside the airport, there are a few mosques and Islamic centers in Frankfurt city that can be easily accessed via public transportation or taxi. Some of the notable mosques include:

The Noor Mosque, located near Frankfurt Airport at Babenhäuser Landstraße 25, is a significant religious and cultural center for Muslims in the region. Operated by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, it is the third purpose-built mosque in Germany, having been inaugurated on September 12, 1959, by Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan. The mosque is open for daily prayers and serves as a place of worship and spiritual guidance for the local Muslim community.

Pak Muhammadi Masjid - Another mosque near Frankfurt Airport is the Pak Muhammadi Masjid, situated at Offenbacher Landstraße 212, 60599 Frankfurt am Main. With a contact number of +49 69 60605405, this mosque serves as a gathering place for the Pakistani Muslim community in Frankfurt. It offers regular prayers, Islamic educational services, and hosts various religious and cultural events throughout the year.

DITIB Central Mosque Frankfurt - The DITIB Central Mosque Frankfurt is another prominent mosque in the city. DITIB, or the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, is an umbrella organization of Turkish mosques in Germany. The Central Mosque in Frankfurt is an architectural marvel that merges traditional Islamic design with modern elements, providing a welcoming space for worship, community gatherings, and cultural exchange. It offers a variety of services, including prayer facilities, Islamic education, and interfaith dialogues.


The airport has two terminals, with a third opened last year. Frankfurt Airport is still in the same place where it was originally built in the 1930s, and the main Terminal 1 opened in 1972. This means capacity increases have been achieved by constantly improving and expanding existing infrastructure, so Frankfurt Airport is in many ways quite compromised and not as efficient or pleasant as newer German airports, such as Munich Airport.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is separated into Concourses A (inside Schengen passport control), Z (the level on top of A, Non-Schengen passport control), B and C (which seems to be for certain destinations with higher security requirements such as with the exception of Schengen gate C1). Be aware that if you are changing planes to an international flight on a Z gate, you will be required to go through a checkpoint where you present your passport before you get to the concourse, and plan accordingly.

Terminal 1 is a multi-level maze with poor signage. Level 1 is arrivals, Level 2 check-in and departure, Level 3 is an access bridge to hotels and the long-distance rail station, Level 0 has access to parking, below which is the regional rail station. Lufthansa tries to reduce confusion for Business Class passengers (and Gold & Silver Star Alliance card holders): they have a designated check-in area in Terminal 1 A. First class passengers of Lufthansa and Swiss, as well as Lufthansa HON Circle card holders, are allowed to check-in in the First Class terminal on the right side of Terminal 1, which has its own driveway. All Star Alliance economy class travelers and other Star Alliance partners are checked in in Terminal 1B & 1C.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is separated into Concourses D and E.

Terminal transfers

Terminals 1 and 2 are connected (both landside and airside) by a free Sky Train (monorail). The Skytrain leaves from Terminal 1 zone B. There is also a free shuttle bus. Luggage carts are not allowed on the Sky Train.

The transfer between Terminal 1 and 2 takes around 15 minutes.

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Terminal 1:


  • Terminal 1: Departures is on level 2, zones A, B, C and Z.
  • Terminal 2: Departures is on level 2 zone D and E.

Check-in to gate

If you have difficulty walking, request assistance getting to the departure gate, it can be up to a kilometre away.


Plane to baggage collection

Not all planes park at a gate and you will often have to take a bus to get you from the plane to the terminal. If you are in a hurry, rushing off the plane does not always make things quicker, being last on the bus standing next to the door is key. Sometimes for flights with tight connection times you have to take a different bus from the tarmac.

If you are a frequent user of Terminal 1B you can make passport control quicker by applying for retina recognition. Next to passport manual check control, where there are often long queues, there is a machine which can scan your passport and then your eyes. To register there is an office in the corner of Terminal 1 landside, section A level 2. Terminal 1Z has automatic face recognition machines which will work with new European passports.

On arriving at Terminal 1Z and 1B do not be surprised to have to ascend and descend many stairs, or with Terminal 1A expect a long walk. When coming into 1B you enter the main concourse before baggage claim. Look for the escalators heading down in the middle of hall B.

Ground transportation

Situated in the center of Germany, the airport has good connections to the whole country and is a stepping stone to other parts of Europe and the world.

Travel by train to Frankfurt Airport


Frankfurt airport has two dedicated railway stations, one for regional trains (S-Bahn, RE) and one for long-distance high-speed trains (ICE/IC). Regional trains from Frankfurt and other local towns come into the Regionalbahnhof on the lowest level of Terminal 1 and are two sets of escalators to check-in. Long distance trains arrive at the international station which is connected to Terminal 1 by a walkway (5 to 10 minutes).

Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Regionalbahnhof

The regional train station,

  • Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Regionalbahnhof - Frankfurt Airport regional station - Frankfurter (Main) Flughafen Regionalbahnhof- auf Bahnsteig zu Gleis 2- Richtung Mainz, with convenient connections to the city of Frankfurt and other local towns and cities, is on the lowest level of Terminal 1 (entrances in section A and B).

To get to the city with the S-Bahn (fast commuter train), take lines S8 or S9 in the direction of Offenbach Ost and Hanau. If you want to go downtown, get off at Frankfurt Taunusanlage, Frankfurt Hauptwache or Frankfurt Konstablerwache, which are in the heart of the city. If you want to change to long-distance trains get off at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Frankfurt Central Station) or Frankfurt Südbahnhof (Frankfurt South Station). The ride from the airport to the central station takes around 20 minutes. Be sure to purchase a ticket at the vending machines in the train station before boarding the train. The adult ticket costs €4.90 (€2.80 for children). Day tickets are usually profitable up from the second travel within the respective zones.

To get to the airport with the S-Bahn, take the S8 or S9 in the direction of Wiesbaden or Mainz. Don't take the S1 — while it has the same general direction and leaves the central station at the same platform, it will go along the wrong side of the river Main. The line S1 does not stop at the airport.

Regional-Express trains (RE) to Mainz, Frankfurt Hbf, Frankfurt-Süd and Hanau stop at the same place as the S-Bahn.

Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbahnhof

Airport long-distance train station

The long-distance train station,

  • Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbahnhof - was built after the Regionalbahnhof when traffic levels grew beyond the capacities of the latter. It is one of only two train stations in Germany only served by long-distance (Intercity and ICE) trains. The station is in a separate structure reached via a walkway two levels above arrivals in Terminal 1. The walk to the terminals is marginally longer than from the regional station, but this is balanced by the numerous direct connections to places as far away as Munich, Amsterdam or Basel.

By car

The airport is in the south-west quadrant of Frankfurter Kreuz the Highway intersection of the A3 and A5; the busiest motorway intersection in Europe.

Access to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are reached by separated exits of the (B)43. Drop off is possible in-front of both terminals just outside of check-in halls, simply follow the signs for the required terminal (Departure:Abflug, Arrivals:Ankunft), but there is a 15-minute limit on waiting which is controlled and it is often very difficult to find a space. There is between the first class entrance and the start of terminal 1A departure level a small entrance to a short stay parking area, first 5 minutes is free, so useful for drop-off.

For parking in Terminal 1: P1 is closest to check-in (5 minutes walk) being only one floor above or below entry to the main complex. P2/3 and P5 are also close but add an extra 5 minutes waiting for the elevator. Parking for Terminal 2 is conveniently under the check-in hall. P1-5 and P8 have all a female parking facility.

Although the long distance rail station and Hilton Hotel can be clearly seen from the Autobahn, getting to them is not self-explanatory. To park there follow signs to The Squaire and take a short monorail trip. If you're just dropping someone off, go westbound on the B 43, just after the Terminal 2 exit get in the far left lane.

There is also holiday parking south of the airport on Airportring and a number of private long-stay parking facilities in surrounding towns as suburbs of Frankfurt such as in Frankfurt-Niederrad.

Occasionally the Highway is clogged with traffic. A few tips for getting round the jams:

  • From the north if hold-ups on the A5 or from the north-west if the A3 is blocked, take the A66 to the (B)40 direction Kelsterbach. This road will get you to the access roads, K823 Airportring, from where you can get to the terminals.
  • From west if the A67/A3 is block and from the south if the A5 is blocked take the (B)486 to Mörfelden. Take Virolles-Ring, the first(last) road on the west of the village. This will get you to Airportring, but as it has to go round the runway and has a number of speed cameras on the route only use if the autobahn is a total standstill.
  • From the East when the A3 is busy there is little alternative, only possibility is to head into Frankfurt and get onto the (B)43 from there.

By rental car

Most major car rental companies have offices in Terminal 1 level 0 section A and in Terminal 2 just after arrivals baggage exit.

If you are new to driving in Germany, this is a baptism of fire. The airport is at the crossroads of the A3 and A5 providing you with good access to all of Germany and Central Europe.

Car return is to the airport parking: for Terminal 1 P30; for Terminal 2 P8. There is an Esso fuel station hidden on the traffic island off the B43 exit to terminal 2 and a Shell on Airportring west of Terminal 1, neither of which you will find using the normal approaches to the airport. Unfortunately there are no other fuel stations near the airport so best to refuel at the service stations on the autobahns or head into a nearby town such as Frankfurt, Rüsselsheim, Kelsterbach or Langen if you have time.

Travel on a Bus to Frankfurt Airport

Take bus line 61 to Frankfurt Südbahnhof (Frankfurt South Station).

Some European long distance buses and Intercity buses in Germany (e.g. Flixbus) stop at the airport although more serve a stop closer to Frankfurt's main station. The pick-up and drop off point is car park P36 which is outside just north east of Terminal 1 (arrivals level). It is within walking distance of Terminal 1, there are also airport shuttle buses to and from the area to the terminals. At the airport bus station there is only a small toilet area and an outside seating area.

There are some airport shuttles, particularly to/from Hahn.

How to get around in Frankfurt Airport

Map of the Frankfurt airport and surroundings

This is a large airport to walk around both sides of border control. In both terminals landside of border control think up and down levels as well as staying on the floor you are on for shops and restaurants. There is a people mover and a bus between Terminals 1 and 2.

When changing terminals by bus make sure to use the yellow terminal shuttle buses, as they are free of charge. There are public buses that connect both terminals on their way to Frankfurt or other cities around, however to ride them you need a valid ticket. Getting caught on one of these busses without a ticket will result in a €60 fine. If you are unsure about the busses, the "SkyLine" people mover is always free of charge.

Wait for your next flight




There are two lounges accessible to all passengers for a fee:

  • LUXX Lounge - Terminal 1, between concourses B and C - gallery level, next to the Travel Market - Opening Hours: 06:00-21:30 daily €30/US$45 for one-day access
  • SKY Lounge - Terminal 2, Level 3, opposite departure gate D8 - Opening Hours: 06:45-22:00 daily €30 for 3 hours, €60 for 6 hours, etc

Airline lounges include the following:

  • Air France/KLM (SkyTeam) | Terminal 2, Level 2, between gates D26 and D27
  • Cathay Pacific | Terminal 2, Level 3, across from gate E7

Lufthansa has at least one lounge in each terminal area for Star Alliance gold members and a few that are available to silver frequent traveler members. Some have luggage lockers and shower facilities.

Other amenities

  • Visitor terrace Terminal 2 adults €5 The airport has a long visitor terrace on top of Terminal 2. It also offers 45-minute airside bus tours (adults €8, hourly from 11:00 (holidays) or 13:00-16:00, ticket booth is at the bridge between Terminal 1 and "Frankfurt Airport Center", follow signs and information for Flughafen Erlebnisfahrten ("Airport Experience Tour").
  • Play area Terminal 2 level 4, landside - For kids there is a play area to climb around.

Terminal 2 has surprisingly little shopping, eating and other entertainment amenities after the security check if you are departing from the European ("Schengen") gates; just a cafe, a quite small tax free shop, a newspaper kiosk and some automats where you can buy coffee or snacks. In other words, it is a fairly boring place to spend hours waiting for your plane. If you are departing on a flight that leaves Europe, there are several options to choose from.

Halal Food & Restaurants in Frankfurt Airport

Terminal 2

This guide will provide you with information about the Halal food options and restaurants available at Frankfurt Airport to ensure that you have a pleasant dining experience during your layover or departure.

Frankfurt Airport understands the importance of providing Halal food options to its Muslim passengers, ensuring that they can find meals that adhere to their dietary requirements. The airport has several eateries that offer Halal food or have Halal options on their menus. These eateries are located throughout the airport, making it convenient for passengers to find a suitable dining option, whether they are in the departure, arrival, or transit areas.

Some of the Halal-friendly restaurants at Frankfurt Airport include:

Kebab Connection

Located in Terminal 1, Concourse B, Kebab Connection offers a variety of delicious Turkish dishes, including kebabs, dürüm, and pide. The restaurant uses Halal-certified meat and maintains a high standard of hygiene and food preparation. Kebab Connection is an excellent choice for passengers who enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine.

Döner Time

Döner Time, situated in Terminal 1, Concourse Z, is another popular option for Halal food lovers. Serving a variety of tasty döner kebabs, salads, and wraps, this eatery ensures that all its meat products are Halal-certified. Döner Time is perfect for passengers seeking a quick and satisfying meal.

Le Crobag Le Crobag, a bakery chain with outlets in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, offers Halal-certified sandwiches and pastries. With a wide selection of items, including vegetarian options, this bakery is a great choice for passengers looking for a light meal or snack.

Frankfurt Airport's International Food Court

The International Food Court, located in Terminal 2, offers a diverse range of dining options, including some Halal-friendly choices. Look for restaurants displaying the Halal certification logo or ask the staff about their Halal options.

Tips for Finding Halal Food at Frankfurt Airport

1) Look for Halal certification: Keep an eye out for the Halal certification logo displayed at the restaurants, as this is an indication that they offer Halal food options.

2) Ask the staff: If you're unsure whether a restaurant offers Halal options or not, don't hesitate to ask the staff. They are usually knowledgeable about their menu and can provide you with the necessary information.

Muslim Friendly Shopping in Frankfurt Airport


ATMs are scattered around the airport, with several in the check-in and arrivals concourse.

There are a number of fashion shops, newsagents and a pharmacy in Terminal 1 landside, level 2 concentrated in area B and towards A. There is a new shopping area including the Tegut supermarket on level 0. As this is the only place open a Sunday in the area it is also useful for emergency purchases. There are the typical duty free and luxury shops airside of Terminal 1 in areas B and Z.

  • Falke Terminal 1, Shopping Boulevard, Terminal 1 airside Phone +49 69 697 06871 - Opening Hours: Daily 06:00-21:00 The shop sells exclusive socks and high-quality underwear.
  • Lufthansa WorldShop Terminal 1 lanside - Spend your Miles&More miles on travel gear, gadgets with Lunfthansa branding and other stuff. You can also pay in euros or by using a combination of euros and miles.
  • Tegut | Terminal 1, level 0, landside; near the regional train station Phone +49 69 695973890 Opening Hours: Daily 06:00-22:00 A fairly large supermarket.
  • REWE | in The Squaire, near the long-distance train station Phone +49 69 69525848 Opening Hours: Daily 06:00-24:00 Another supermarket.

Cope in Frankfurt Airport

Terminal 1 has public showers for €6 (includes towel, foot mat, shower gel, and hair dryer). One location is in the B Departures area, in the Shopping Boulevard, across from "TUMI". The other is in the secure area of B Concourse (good for transit passengers), Level 2, near gate B 30 and the duty free shopping.

There is luggage storage] in both terminals for €7 per bag per day.

  • Prayer room | Terminal 1, B Concorse, Level 2 Departures landside, Gallery
  • Prayer room | Terminal 2, D Concorse, Level 3 Departures, airside

Muslim Friendly Hotels in Frankfurt Airport


There are three hotels within the airport complex and a fourth that is on the grounds but requires a bus transfer. Four nearby, a bit of a hike the other side of the Highway (best to take a taxi if you have luggage), while the neighborhoods of Frankfurt-Niederrad, Frankfurt-Süd, Kelsterbach, Neu-Isenburg, Mörfelden, Langen, Raunheim and Rüsselsheim are all within close proximity to the airport, and many hotels in these areas offer airport shuttles.

  • Hilton Airport Hotel - The Squaire, 60549 Frankfurt am Main GPS 50.053436, 8.572727 - Long Distance train station Frankfurt Airport Phone: +49 69-26012000 from €99 Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 12:00. Rooms also offered for stays between 08:00 and 18:00; reservations recommended - Next to the airport, it offers the usual perks. Small rooms but walking distance to check-in and nice restaurant.
  • InterCityHotel Frankfurt-Airport - Am Luftbrückendenkmal 1 GPS 50.033038, 8.591846 Phone +49 69 697099 From €60 (booked in advance) Accessible from the airport via a bus transfer.

Other nearby hotels

  • Meininger Hotel Airport - Bessie-Coleman-Straße 11 50.05609, 8.59150 Phone +49 69 95797965 Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00 €90 in hotel, from €50 (booked in advance), quad rooms from €60 (booked in advance) Within walking distance of Terminal 1.


Many hotels billed as Frankfurt Airport are in the district of Frankfurt-Niederrad between the airport and city proper.

Frankfurt-Niederrad S-bahn is just two stations away from the airport station. The hotels are within walking distance of the train station, but most at a distance you would not want to drag a suitcase.

Near by

Mainz and its surrounding area is a more pleasant area to stay than the airport's environs but it is on the other side of the Rhein (Rhine) and, with limited bridge crossings, could lead to traffic hold-ups on your return to the airport - potentially problematic for morning flights. However there are direct and reliable train connections to the airport, making Mainz nearly as convenient as Frankfurt.

If your final destination is not Frankfurt but another city in Germany it is often better to take the train than get a connecting flight. In bad weather the first thing that happens is that inland flights are stopped. Also check with your airline (or with Deutsche Bahn) whether they offer rail&fly, which means that your plane ticket includes a train ride both to and from your airport in Germany connecting to any train station in Germany as well as Basel (CH) and Salzburg (AT). This is often the cheapest and most comfortable option and sometimes even faster overall.

If you have a connecting flight that is cancelled due to strike or bad weather check with your airline or with Deutsche Bahn whether they have a good for train agreement in place. Domestic connections should not be a problem at all, but they can sometimes offer you inner-European connections as well. If you have reason to believe that you will be held up for two or more days even long distance train rides become an option if they are available with your ticket. Keep in mind that some airlines offer this service for flights to and from Germany but others don't, so check in advance. More information at rail air alliances.

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