Transferring at FRA

Helpful information for transferring passengers


Transferring at FRA

Here is some information that will help you to smoothly catch your ongoing flight.

Terminal 2 is open. Flights are operating from Terminal 1 as well as Terminal 2 again. 

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 SkyLine train, which departs every two or three minutes, or take one of the shuttle buses that circulate between the terminals. Please note that there is some additional information at the bottom of this page: "Connection between Terminals".  

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 Simply scan your boarding pass, and all relevant information on your connecting flight is displayed.
  • Information counters: Our multilingual service staff are happy to help you.
  • Mobile Service Guides: You can identify them by their red uniforms.

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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.

Luggage

In most cases, your checked luggage will be automatically forwarded to your final destination. If not, you must pick it up at the baggage claim and then recheck it.

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.

Security Check

In 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

Checkpoints at the Airport

Detailed Information about all checkpoints at the airport

New: Contactless access to security controls and boarding gates

New: Contactless access to security controls and boarding gates

Biometric facial recognition enables members of the frequent flyer program "Miles & More" to pass through security checks and boarding gates touchless. This applies initially to selected Lufthansa and SWISS flights.

Further information and registration

Luggage Inspection

Luggage Inspection

Before your luggage may be loaded into an aircraft, it must be inspected. 

More about luggage inspection

Security Check Procedures

Security Check Procedures

Screening of Passengers and Carry-On Items

More about the screening

Border Checks

Border Checks

Important information on the border check

More about border checks

Customs Inspections

Customs Inspections

Important information on customs inspections when arriving

More about customs inspections

Family security checkpoint

Family security checkpoint

Travel even more comfortably with your family to your holiday destination! Frankfurt Airport has installed a special security checkpoint for families in Terminal 1 (Departure A).

More about the checkpoint

Connection between Terminals

Please note that Terminal 2 is reopened again on the 1st of June 2021. Flights are operating from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 again. 

via SkyLine

via SkyLine

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 SkyLine.

It leaves every 2-3 minutes. 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

  • leaves every 10 minutes operation: 5:30 am until 11:30 pm 
  • stops in front of the terminals 1 and 2 and coach parking P36 (long-distance buses) 
  • free of charge 
  • most convenient way from the long-distance railway station to Terminal 2 and back