Transferring at FRA

Helpful information for transferring passengers


Transferring at FRA

Find out everything you need to know to smoothly catch your ongoing flight

Arrival at Frankfurt Airport:

For up-to-the-minute information on your connecting flight, please consult one of the monitor screens located around the airport. If no gate has been assigned yet, head for the indicated pier. Then follow the blue signs to the gate while keeping the  walking times displays  in mind. Gray signs show the way to passenger services.

Transit passengers who must change between Piers A and B (in Terminal 1) may use the  passenger tunnel. If you need to transfer between Pier A, B, C, or Z (in Terminal 1) and Pier D or E (in Terminal 2), follow the signs to the  Sky Line train, which departs every two or three minutes, or take one of the  shuttle buses  that circulate between the terminals (24/7).

Do you already have a boarding pass for your connecting flight?

  • If yes:  Please consult one of the monitors to double check the assigned gate.
  • If not: Within the transit zone, please go to a transfer desk of the airline that is operating your flight or proceed straight to the departure gate, where you can obtain your boarding pass at the desk. In the pre-security part of the airport, please go to your airline’s check-in counter.

Passenger Assistance  

  • Information kiosks:  Simply scan your boarding pass, and all relevant information on your connecting flight is displayed.
  • Service Points:  Our multilingual service staff are happy to help you.
  • InfoGates:  An interactive, digital communication system that connects you directly from your location to the information staff.
  • Mobile Service Guides:  You can identify them by their red uniforms.

Fast Lanes

If you are in a hurry to catch a connecting flight at Frankfurt Airport, you can take a shortcut to get to your gate faster. The  fast lanes  at the security checkpoint may be used on a priority basis by passengers whose flight is listed on the display.

Passport Checks

Whether or not you must clear a passport check depends on whether the airport you have arrived from and your destination are within or outside the Schengen Area.

  • You are arriving from and are heading for an airport within the Schengen Area:  Usually there is no ID check.
  • You are arriving from a Schengen country and are traveling to a non-Schengen country:  You will probably have to clear a passport check. Depending on your nationality, you may require a transit visa. If in doubt, please contact an embassy or consulate of your country.
  • You are arriving from outside the Schengen Area and your destination is in a non-Schengen country:  Usually no passport check is mandatory, provided that that you do not leave the transit zone. Depending on your nationality, you may require a transit visa. If in doubt, please contact an embassy or consulate of your country.
  • You are arriving from an airport in a non-Schengen country and are traveling to a destination within the Schengen Area:  You will probably have to clear a border check. Depending on your nationality, you may require a transit visa. If in doubt, please contact an embassy or consulate of your country.

Border Checks

Border Checks

Please review the most important information on the border checks.

More about border checks

Security Check

Security CheckIn most cases, you must clear security checks on your way through the airport. Please allow enough time for them. Also please observe the restrictions on carrying  liquids and gels  into the aircraft cabin.  Please note that you may not carry liquids bought in duty free shops at airports outside the EU when flying from Frankfurt Airport. This also applies to any duty-free items that you have bought on board a non-EU airline.

Security Check Procedures

Security Check Procedures

Screening of Passengers and Carry-On Items.

More about the screening

Other Checkpoints at the Airport

Detailed Information about all checkpoints at the airport

Customs Inspections

Customs Inspections

Important information on customs inspections when arriving

More about customs inspections

Contactless access to security controls and boarding gates

Contactless access to security controls and boarding gates

Biometric facial recognition enables Lufthansa ans SWISS to have a touchless travel experience.

Further information and registration

Via Sky Line train

Via Sky Line train

If you have to change between areas A, B, C or Z (Terminal 1) and areas D or E (Terminal 2), the signs will take you to the free Sky Line.

It leaves every 2-3 minutes and operates from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Passengers can board and alight from the public area as well as from the transit area.

The stops are located in:

  • Terminal 1, A/Z (transit area)
  • Terminal 1, B/C (access via departure hall B on level 2)
  • Terminal 1, C (transit area)
  • Terminal 2, D/E (access via Shopping Plaza on level 3)

Via shuttle buses

Via shuttle buses

  • they leave every 10 - 15 minutes (depending on the time of day) and operate daily around the clock (24/7)
  • they stop in front of the terminals 1 and 2 as well as coach parking P36 (long-distance buses) 
  • the shuttle is free of charge 
  • it is the most convenient way from the long-distance railway station to terminal 2 and back