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Frankfurt

aka Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany


Date of opening4 Oct 1968
Network length20.5 km (12.74 mi)
Stations31 (27*)
Lines3        Line history cityrailtransit.com
Stations per line10.33
Avg. station distance732 m (0.46 mi)
Avg. line length6.83 km (4.25 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 14 Sep 2008
20.40 km, 27 stations underground ('Schnellbahnen in Deutschland')
System typeMetro, known as U-Bahn
Daily ridership
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)2.30 EUR (as of 2009); honour system
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, 750 V
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database




Official map
Source: pdf, © 2010 vgf-ffm.de


To-scale map
Source: cityrailtransit.com

Disclaimer: Maps are copyrighted. The previews on this page are for informational purposes only. Please respect copyright and always refer to original maps.

Transit mapsSystem map images
openbusmap.org/öpnvkarte.de
openptmap.org
tracker.geops.ch - moving trains
maps.google.com
images.google.com




Upcoming Openings

 2019 – Line U5 western extension from Hauptbahnhof to Wohnpark. New line, 2.7 km, 4 stations.




Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:


Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Frankfurt

A weird subway entrance, looking like a train bursting through the sidewalk from below, is located in Frankfurt. Architect Zbiginiew Peter Pininski reported he felt inspired by surrealist artist René Magritte when creating this [neuer-weg.com]. Some other stations have interesting designs as well [vgf-ffm.de (PDF)].

Photo: Bockenheimer Warte station entrance from 1986.




Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

Ride line U6/U7 from Hauptwache to Kirchplatz for its stations. Walk outside Bockenheimer Warte station and find the entrance that resembles a metro train that broke through the sidewalk from below.




Other Rail Transport in Frankfurt

S-Bahn (suburban metro)





Metro City Hopping

Frankfurt is part of the Rhine-Main-Neckar cluster of metro/subway cities with the following urban rail connections:

  Frankfurt    S3 + S5 (under construction) via Darmstadt (commuter metro)    Ludwigshafen      73 km
  Karlsruhe    Line S4 (LRT)    Heilbronn      61 km
  Ludwigshafen    S3/S4+S51/S52 via Germersheim or S3 via Bruchsal (commuter metro)    Karlsruhe      53 km
  Stuttgart    Stuttgart's S5 + Karlsruhe's S5 via Bietigheim (commuter metro)    Karlsruhe      62 km





Relationships with Other Metros

Siemens LRT family
Members: Calgary, Frankfurt, Noida, Portland, San Diego,
Characteristics: Older LRT train types are the same.
Derivatives: Rhine-Ruhr LRT family.
German S-Bahn family
Members: Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart,
Characteristics: Using the same commuter train types (ET420, ET423). Similar underground station design.
Derivatives: S-Bahn and regional train types in other German regions.




Departure Procedure and Sounds

No sound, each set of doors has sensors and closes when no one is between them. If there's someone between the doors, the driver can activate an automated announcement "Bitte zurücktreten" ("Please step back"). Next-station announcements are pre-recorded in German, for some stations in the central area in English too.



Line U4 train leaving Festhalle/Messe station.

Duration: 0:23 

More videos...




Photos

  Frankfurt photo gallery.





Handpicked Resources

vgf-ffm.de Official website




Generic Links for Frankfurt U-Bahn

Wikipedia entry at wikipedia.org
Urbanrail.net entry at urbanrail.net
Railway Gazette search at railwaygazette.com
Discussion at skyscrapercity.com
System photos at Google Images
City information at wikipedia.org









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