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.


Where should I marathon training run in Amman, Jordan?

Running in Amman’s Sport City
Hi, my name is Wayan and I have a running problem. I am in Amman for 2 weeks and I need to run. But not just any run, I need 20 miles of running.

I have this running binge coming on. Some would call it a marathon, but I see it as a running bender through Washington DC. Yet, that is then. Now, this weekend, I need to run to build up my tolerance.

So where should I run? At a 9 minute per mile pace? And then I’ll need a beer, or two. Dehydration they say. I call it a thirst for all that is good in life.

Where should I marathon training run? In Amman, Jordan.


Running the Abuja Obstacle Course

Open sewer leg breaker
And no running too
If you’re a runner, African can be a challenging place. There are few African joggers to be seen, as running is not really considered a sport to be practiced. Either you’re a good runner and so do it as part of a team, or you don’t run unless needing to for a specific purpose.

So I am often asked why I run across Africa. Here is my answer:


But don’t think that quiet paved street is the norm. In Africa, any street that is paved, is usually high traffic, forcing me to run on the road shoulder. There I follow the well-trod path that others also take, being vigilant for the common leg-breaking hazards like:

Open Manholes & Sewers

While you and I see a manhole cover as an essential safety feature, in Africa (as in Russia) they’re often seen as a cheap source of steel, and stolen for reuse or resale. Or just left askew. Also, curbside sewer canals are common, and commonly covered with cracked or missing concrete spans. Both are perfect to break a leg or a neck if you don’t watch your footfall.

Anti-Parking & Loitering Obstacles

One way to keep people from parking in front of your building is to put large concrete blocks or stones along the roadside, or plant shrubs intertwined with barbed wire. These intentional obstacles, perfect ankle shredders, also include walls out to the street and armed guards who stand in your way.

Generator and Moped Exhaust

In Nigeria generator and moped exhaust for their own special running barrier. First, generators are in front of every house in large cities like Lagos and each exhaust pipe points out into the road, ready to engulf passing joggers in a cloud of diesel fumes. Next, in small towns, two-stroke mopeds are everywhere spewing their sickly oil/gas clouds right into your path for a coughing and choking conclusion to every run.

Crazy Moped Drivers

And its not just their exhaust that’s dangerous. Mopeds themselves, as they’re driven by Nigerians, are deadly to the errant jogger. In fact, they’re so dangerous, I refuse to run on paved roads in small towns of Nigeria – Nigerian moped drivers are just too crazy.