Important travel information for Frankfurt am Main 16th – 20th May

Occupy camp at the EZB in Frankfurt, near Willy-Brandt-PlatzA large demonstration is taking place in Frankfurt am Main this weekend.  It is expected to last until the early hours of Sunday morning, and 30,000 demonstrators are expected.  Their aim is to shut down the banking area of Frankfurt and stop the employees there from getting to work.

Many shops in the area have been boarded up and some banks have made contingency plans for their employees to work from home.  Others have instructed their staff to avoid formal dress.

The biggest disruption is to the public transport network and anyone travelling to or through Frankfurt this weekend should be aware of the following changes to services:

  • S-Bahn trains are not stopping at “Taunusanlage”.  This affects lines S1 to S6, S8 and S9
  • U-Bahn trains are not stopping at “Willy-Brandt-Platz”.  This affects lines U1 to U5 and U8
  • Trams 11 and 12 will terminate at the Hauptbahnhof in the west of the city and “Börneplatz / Stoltzestraße” in the east.  There is no service through the city centre.
  • Bus route 64 will only operate between Ginnheim and Miquel-/Adickesallee.  There is no service to the Hauptbahnhof.
  • The night buses n1, n2 and n8 will be routed around the area.
  • The Ebbelwoi-Express will not be in Service between Wednesday and Saturday
  • The ticket offices at Hauptwache, Konstablerwache and Bornheim Mitte will be closed on Friday and Saturday

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Where to get the train-shaped balloons at the Hessentag

For the past few days I have noticed that a lot of children at the Hessentag have been carrying helium-filled balloons that are shaped like the S-Bahn trains that stop at Oberursel’s main station.

Today I found out just how popular they are.  Once my daughter had one flying behind her, people kept stopping us to ask where to get them.

An S-Bahn balloon from the Hessentag in Oberursel

So here is the answer: [Read more…]

When does the last train leave Oberursel during the Hessentag?

An S-Bahn train leaves Oberursel stationWhilst the train may offer one of the most convenient ways to get to the Hessentag in Oberursel, the question a lot of visitors will be asking is when the last train leaves so that they can get home again.

This is going to be especially relevant to those visiting events such as the “Just White” concert and the YOU FM Clubnight which finish at 2am and 5am respectively, as both the U-Bahn and S-Bahn do not normally run through the night. [Read more…]

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