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2 hour connection enough in FRA?

I'm looking at a flight this fall that connects thru Frankfurt, arriving at 11am and leaving at 1pm. Does this seem like enough time to have a decent probability of making the connection?

An alternate flight connects thru Amsterdam with a 3 hour layover (which sounds better) but Google Flights says the outbound flight is often delayed 30+ minutes so that doesn't seem to add a lot of margin to the flight above

Posted by
3074 posts

I can only tell you that we have had to make connections in FRA numerous times, often with a much smaller margin. We've always made it, and our bags have, too. FRA is a mega-hub. There are many flights from there to loads of other European destinations, and often many flights/day to certain cities. If, for some reason, you did miss your connection, they would probably be able to put you on a later flight.

Posted by
7254 posts

Is it a connection on a single ticket, or two separate tickets?

If the former, probably OK with 2hrs as the airline has no interest in stranding passengers by missing connections.

If its 2 tickets, then its a bit too short to fit my comfort zone.

Posted by
223 posts

I've only flown through FRA a few times, but it should be enough time.

Keep in mind, though, that it could be a very long walk between gates. Perhaps my memory has exaggerated it, but I recall walks of 30 minutes or more. And I walk pretty fast.

Posted by
2151 posts

Frankfurt is my top choice for connections, very efficient airport. I've done as few as 70 minutes but prefer 2 hours so I can stop in the book store, the Pocket Shop.

Posted by
637 posts

Thanks for the replies! I am looking at a single ticket booked thru United that connects in Frankfurt with the 2 hour layover. Or a single ticket that connects thru Amsterdam. I know that if the flight is delayed the airline is supposed to get me there, but I've heard stories where that doesn't necessarily mean the same day so I'd prefer to avoid that if possible.

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7254 posts

If your onward connection is not the last flight of the day to your destination, the odds are in your favor. Not 100% fool proof, but in your favor. ( for FRA)

Check and see what flights are available after your scheduled flight and decide which routing has the better options, on case your 1st flight arrives late

Posted by
3168 posts

Thanks for the replies! I am looking at a single ticket booked thru
United that connects in Frankfurt with the 2 hour layover. Or a single
ticket that connects thru Amsterdam. I know that if the flight is
delayed the airline is supposed to get me there, but I've heard
stories where that doesn't necessarily mean the same day so I'd prefer
to avoid that if possible.

They will put you on the next flight that has an available seat. Check how many flights there are to your destination from both AMS and FRA. If one has 5 more flights after your connecting flight and the other has just 1, that might make the airport with more connecting flights a better choice.

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637 posts

Check how many flights there are to your destination from both AMS and FRA.

Does it have to be on the same airline, or just the total number of flights onward? I don't know how the rules apply when you are overseas. In the US I think it is any airline.