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Travel Tips Using Frankfurt As Your Travel GatewayAre you traveling from the West Coast of the USA to Europe? I have done this trip many times from my home in Portland, Oregon so I have a few travel tips to ease your travel, save some money and arrive rested to a gateway airport in Europe from which you can fly to any European or Mediterranean city.
Air: Most experienced travelers insist on a direct flight from the West Coast for those long hauls to Europe but we have to weigh the cost against the hours spent in the air and at the gate changing planes. Many times the total travel time can climb to 24 hours or more. And if you are like me, when I arrive, I am too exhausted to step out explore the fabulous city I have just endured those long travel hours to see. So the first day of my trip is a waste. My suggestions? From Seattle or Portland, Oregon I use Condor Airlines for a direct flight to Frankfurt, Germany that only takes about 10 hours. Condor has three price points: Economy Class, Premium Class and Business Class. Premium Class offers two seats together on each side of the plane, perfect for you and your travel buddy; the additional leg room will be appreciated over the long flight. The main meal is also upgraded, and access to movies and TV shows ( however limited) is included. In Business Class your seat is wider and reclines to lie flat, there is more leg room, you are allowed more carry-ons, meals are quite good and of course there is complementary beverage service. I have always found the crew to be very friendly and accommodating on board. Condor is always adding new routes such as Phoenix to Frankfurt so check the website.
Caveats: Flights are not offered on a daily basis. Booked and confirmed flights made early in the year can often be changed by the airline re-routing you to a nearby airport. For instance instead of FRA direct to PDX you arrive to SEA and then wait several hours for a flight on another airline to PDX.
Hotels: After about 10 hours on the direct from PDX flight I disembark at Frankfurt Airport, collect my bag and use the Skywalk to walk over to either the Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport or Hilton Frankfurt Airport. No matter how you get to Frankfurt this is your rest stop before you catch your flight to your destination, so make it a worthwhile one. Make certain you have a hotel reservation and check on the day-room policy to see if it fits your schedule. They are only available from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, but you can stay the night and book your connection for the morning.
Layover Sight-see Tip: Florian Winkler Director of Sales at Hilton Frankfurt Airport and Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport sent along this great idea for a layover and sightseeing in Frankfurt. “ With regards to visiting the city, it is very easy to stroll around the city center to see all the sites as everything is within walking distance. Visitors should see the “Römer” (town hall), the cathedral, the old opera house (Alte Oper) and take a walk at the Main Riverside, including the iron bridge. Especially in summer the city is worth a visit as there are lots of places to sit outside and parks to enjoy. Besides being known as Germany’s financial capital with many skyscrapers (called “Mainhattan”), Frankfurt is also known for having some of the greatest variety of museums in Europe with over 30 museums, out of which 20 are located on the Museums Riverbank.
Our day use rooms are only available from 8:00am until 6:00pm, so the best way to explore the city is to stay overnight or, alternatively, use a day room and spend the late afternoon/evening in the city. Guests staying at the hotel can very easily take the train (inexpensive) to the city centre as the direct metro line only takes 15 minutes. A taxi costs about EUR 20,00 and takes the same time. Our hotels are located above the long distance railway station, once of the busiest railway stations in Germany with many trains to international destinations.”
I love the Executive Level rooms and Executive Lounge at The Hilton Frankfurt Airport. In the evening during certain hours there is a complementary buffet of light sandwiches, finger foods, salads, coffees, tea, carbonated beverages, wines, mixers and cocktails. Perfect for a light supper . Complementary breakfast, and refreshments throughout the day are on offer, or try the RISE restaurant or room service.
So arriving rested is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Book a direct flight with extra legroom, plan a rest stop after your long-haul flight and arrive refreshed at your destination.