Travel Guide

Flight Information

Airport Information

The recommended airport to fly to is the Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The airport is located 7.5 miles (12 km) southwest of central Frankfurt.

Ground Transportation

Taxis

A taxi from the airport to the city center will cost a bit less than 30-40 Euros, depending on your destination and traffic. You can pre-book a taxi or Black Car at Talixo. This site allows you to directly compare prices between taxi and various limousine services, pay online, provides a standardized booking process and even offers budget airport transfers costing less than metered taxi fares.

The Regional Station (“Regionalbahnhof” or “Regionalbf”) is located on the lower ground level of Terminal 1. It consists of three platforms (1, 2 and 3). S-Bahn trains (S8 and S9) leave from Platform 1 for the city and Frankfurt Central Station (Hauptbahnhof or Hbf). An adult, single-fare ticket is 3.55 Euros. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Car rental service is provided 24 hours with various service providers at the Frankfurt airport. Visit the airport website to search for available companies.

Weather/Dress

Weather

The average high temperature in Frankfurt in late April/early May is 68°F/20°C, and the average low temperature is 41°F /10°C.

Dress Code

The dress code for GLC in the daytime is business casual. Evening dress codes will be posted soon!

Men’s Dress Code Glossary

  • Business casual– Nice slacks and collared shirts
  • Smart casual– Seasonal sport coat or blazer, and slacks or nice jeans; dress shirt, casual button-down shirt, open-collar or polo shirt

Women’s Dress Code Glossary 

  • Business casual– Nice slacks, skirt or blouse
  • Smart casual– Dress, skirt and dressy top; dressy pants outfit, nice jeans and dressy top

*Remember to bring a sweater to the event. The hotel and other venues will be air-conditioned, and it is recommended that you wear some layers in order to be comfortable in the meeting rooms.

About Frankfurt

Country: Germany
Time Zone: CET (Central Europe Time) (UTC/GMT +1 hours); please check www.timeanddate.com to determine what time it is in your home city.
Currency: Euro (for currency-converter tools, please visit Oanda.com or XE.com)

Etiquette

For etiquette information, please reference:

Language

English is the official language of GLC.

Currency

The base currency in Germany is the Euro. Euro banknotes are issued in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10, €5 notes. Denominations of Euro coins are €2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c. All Euro coins have a common side showing their value, while the national side shows an image chosen by each country. Euro coins from any member state are valid in all states throughout the Euro zone. The Euro notes, front and back side, are the same in all countries.

You can get money from a Geldautomat (“ATM,” or automated teller machine) at major train stations, airports, large shopping centers and in and outside banks. At ATMs, be sure to exercise caution by shielding your PIN and surveying your surroundings.

Foreign exchange booths are very common and clearly post their daily exchange rates. The Frankfurt has many locations where you can find ATMs, currency exchanges and tax-free services. Visit their website for a full list of locations.

Please note that some hotels will exchange a small amount of foreign currency, but the rate will usually be poor compared to those offered by banks or foreign-exchange booths. Please check with your hotel before leaving your home country.

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted credit cards at most hotels, airlines, and upscale restaurants and merchants. It is recommended that you carry cash, as most local establishments and taxis may not take credit card. For information on tax-free shopping in Germany, visit this site.

Stay Connected

The country code for Germany is 49. When dialing a German number from abroad, be sure to dial 00 before the area code and number.

Please contact your individual mobile phone service provider for information about international plans. Mobile phones are widely used throughout Germany. Call your service provider before arriving in Germany to determine if you should purchase an international roaming plan.

Wi-Fi is available in most public places in Germany, such as hotels and other shops, but sometimes for a fee. The strength and speed of the signal may vary. Free Wi-Fi may be available in chain coffee shops, select restaurants and shopping malls.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Germany usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you’re plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you will need. Plugs in Germany will look like this:

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To ensure the safety of your electronics, you can purchase a wide array of converters and universal adapters online.

Visa

To enter Germany, you’ll need a valid passport. Visa and entry requirements vary by country. Visit the official Federal Foreign Office for a list of countries that fall under the Visa Exemption Rule. If your country is not on the exemption list, please check your visa requirements as soon as possible, as the process can often be lengthy.

Health

No vaccinations are required to enter Germany as long as you are up to date on “routine” vaccinations. You can find more health and safety recommendations for Germany from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Dietary Restrictions
If you suffer from severe food allergies, we encourage you to visit this website and consider purchasing food and travel-translation cards to effectively communicate your needs while traveling.