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Connection Time - Frankfurt to Venice

I have an upcoming flight to Frankfurt, Germany, arriving at 10:35 AM. I'm looking at scheduling a flight to Venice, IT that leaves Frankfurt around 12:30. Do you think that I will have enough time to go through Customs, retrieve my bag, and make it in time for the flight to Venice?

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There's always the chance your flight into FRA is an hour late. And customs lines 1-1.5 hours are not uncommon. Personally I'd give it at least 3 hours.

Websites like this one can give you an idea of the changes of your FRA flight arriving late: https://www.transtats.bts.gov/ONTIME/

Posted by
4677 posts

I think Richard means Immigration lines. Customs lines are almost non-existent.

I would also warn that FRA is a very big airport. I could take 20 minutes or more to walk to your second gate. Bargain airlines involved? There's a reason their gates have lower fees (and maybe, busses.)

Posted by
3435 posts

You need more time to make a connection on separate tickets since you have to go through the complete entry process to catch the second flight. A single-ticket itinerary covering both flights, with luggage checked through, is easier. By the way, I've heard airline personnel make the mistake of saying Customs to refer to the immigration and border security. Whatever you call it, that's a major possible delay, followed by the delay of collecting checked luggage. Customs is rarely more than a simple walk-through.

Posted by
10845 posts

I do 2 hour connections in Frankfurt once or twice a year. So far, so good. Wait! You are flying on separate tickets? I would do an overnight.

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10845 posts

I'd recommend minimum 5 hr connection time.

If Gregory is coming from Spokane WA, then he has probably flown for 13+ hours and one layover. Just guessing. Then a 5 hour lay over is 18 hours, then the flight to Venice is 1:30 non-stop on Lufthansa. So now you are pushing 20 hours. Which is why I said, spend the night.

Posted by
520 posts

Greg I would not worry one bit. We have a three hour connection in July going Denver to Frankfurt to Venice but we have had two hours and it was plenty of time. Everyone needs to remember this is not an American airport like POS Dulles and not an American airline. I have never been in line longer than 15 minutes at immigration even at high times since the Germans actually know how to run an airport and don't have officials going on break at the busiest time of the day like we have seen at Denver, Dulles etc. And typically the connecting flights now are just a door away. The last four times we have connected and we did not change terminals. We just walked a bit, went through a door into another secure area and caught our connecting flight. The one time we missed our flight to Paris from FRA because we landed in Dublin on a medical emergency, I walked to the Lufthansa service counter (there was no line like in every American airport), gave her my name, she said we were expecting you, she gave me four boarding passes and we got on the next flight to Paris. Took 30 seconds. She had it all taken care of before we even approached the counter.

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10845 posts

Brad, the difference he has two tickets. This guy has to wait for luggage pick it up and check in again. AND if he misses the flight, there is no rescheduling, the ticket value is lost. I've been through Frankfurt at least a dozen times. Actuslly did it a week ago. Never had it that easy as you describe. My connection last week was 10 minute brisk walk away and then had to ride a bus to the plane. But I have made two 1 hour connections in Frankfurt over the years, but by the skin of my teeth. If i had missed the connection Lufthansa would have just put me on the next flight 2 hours later and no great harm. This guy hasn't got that luxury.

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10845 posts

The answer is you travel with carryon only. Then hope your flight is on time, then you should make it.

Posted by
3131 posts

You won’t have 1 hour, 55 minutes. The flight to Venice could close 15 to 30 minutes prior to departure time.

Next, this isn’t a connection; this is a separate ticket and the layover airport is Frankfurt. When I have done what you are doing, I allow a minimum 4 hour cushion.

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4677 posts

I honestly don't remember, but in Frankfurt, would international luggage pickup be outside security, necessitating another wait in line, or is there a re-checking desk right beside pickup, like at otherwise miserable American airports? Because other posters have spoken approvingly about European airports, the default security situation at Heathrow (not the current thread) is an additional security screening every time you get on an airplane!