How to Run from Frankfurt Airport to Downtown Frankfurt and Back During a FRA Layover in 7 Easy Steps

The new friends you’ll meet
The sights you’ll see
As you run to downtown Frankfurt
For the runners of the world who have a layover at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), here are simple instructions to have a great Frankfurt Layover Running Adventure between your long-haul international flights (or any trip for that matter).

1. Plan ahead.

Know your speed and distance and use Google Maps of FRA to plot your run. There are a number of trails around the airport and bridges across the Main river with pedestrian walkways where you can cross into Frankfurt.

Here are two runs I did as a guide for your adventures:

  1. 9 miles: Airport to Downtown
  2. 18 miles along the Main River

The S-Bahn and U-Bahn can return you to the airport as well, just plan ahead as both are confusing and will have you screaming at German planners (or lack there of).

2. Change and store luggage.

Be sure to pack your running gear in your carry on luggage (wear your running shoes) and store your carry on at the baggage storage area in the A wing of the airport.

3. Take the Steigenberger Airport Hotel bus

This bus will take you to the hotel where you can start your run. The Steigenberger Hotel is right next to the main running trails from the airport and is beyond all the autobahn traffic that can get you lost or run over.

4. Run!

Enjoy the countryside scenery as you run thought the Frankfurt City Forest, and depending on your distance, the Main River and Frankfurt am Main itself.

Here I am, in the center of Frankfurt after that first run:


5. Take the SBahn back to the airport.

If you took a few Euros you can buy a ticket back to the airport on the S-Bahn. Or you can just ride it like a rabbit, without paying, and always watchful for ticket police. Either way, the S-Bahn will bring you back to the airport terminal.

6. Shower and optional massage:

After you’re back at the airport terminal all hot and sweaty, you have three options to get cleaned up:

  1. Shower at one of the public showers in the terminal
  2. Shower in one of the airport lounges (Lufthansa Welcome Lounge is amazing!)
  3. Go back to the hotel and get a long massage and hot shower before flying out (my recommendation)

7. Continue your trip.

What better way to fly onward and really enjoy the in-flight drinks, than with a post-run high? I hope to see you next flight, with a smile as you remember your Frankfurt Layover Running Adventure.