Take off with the Train to the Plane: AIRail service from Stuttgart - and now also from Cologne and Frankfurt.

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Seamless Travel: The smooth link from train to plane
The cooperation of the three AIRail partners - Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Deutsche Bahn AG and Fraport AG - has made intermodal travel a reality: smooth network connections between the ICE train and the plane.

AIRail offers you seamless connections between these two modes of transport. So you can take full advantage of each systemís strengths in the most comfortable way. Our service takes you swiftly and directly from the center of Cologne or Stuttgart to the AIRail Terminal at Frankfurt Airport - and to the very heart of the worldwide network operated by Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners.

AIRail Service means: You fly from Frankfurt Airport, but check in right in the center of Cologne or Stuttgart Ė and take off aboard an ICE train.

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Convenient Lufthansa check-in: Right in Cologne or Stuttgart Central Station
Now you will find another important counter at Stuttgart Ė and also at Cologne - Central Station: the Lufthansa check-in counter.

With this service, AIRail offers you all the advantages of a Lufthansa check-in for your entire journey, including your baggage - just like at the airport. Your baggage is routed to your final destination and you receive boarding passes for all your connecting flights from Frankfurt. And your ICE boarding pass shows the car and seat numbers - so you can find your seat quickly and easily.

Latest check-in time at the Lufthansa counter: 20 minutes before the trainís departure.

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Baggage service: We take care of your bags. You take off on an ICE train.
Once youíve checked in at Cologne or Stuttgart Central Station, you no longer have to worry about your suitcases: they are automatically routed to Frankfurt Airport and on to your destination airport.

The close logistical cooperation between the three AIRail partners ensures seamless connections from train to plane. And at all times your baggage travels under the same high security standards that apply to flying.

While you travel with your hands free and connect comfortably, the AIRail Service looks after your baggage.

The comfortable connection: From Frankfurt Airport to destinations worldwide.
From Cologne, your trip on the new ICE high-speed line takes under an hour; from Stuttgart it is only 71 minutes: The train whisks you to Frankfurt Airport, the gateway to the dense, worldwide network operated by Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners. The distances remain short at the airport, too.

Your guaranteed minimum transfer time of 45 minutes from train to plane is the same as from plane to plane. And if you have time to spare: Senator Lounges welcome our First Class passengers and Senator Card holders, while Business Class passengers and Frequent Traveller Card holders are invited to use our Business Lounges.

Naturally, you can also take advantage of the AIRail Service on your return trip. The baggage checked at the airport of departure is delivered to you in the center of Cologne or Stuttgart.

Deutsche Bahn: Our national partner in a global concept.
Modern technology and sophisticated logistics make the railway a high-performance partner in intermodal travel. Just consider how the AIRail train stations in Cologne and Stuttgart and the ICE train station at Frankfurt Airport serve as direct links between the train and plane.

First Class and Business Class passengers travel aboard ICE First Class cars, Economy passengers in Second Class. Of course, we reserve assigned seats for all AIRail travellers. In ICE First Class, a snack and a beverage are also served right at your seat.

In Cologne and Stuttgart, Lufthansa First Class passengers and Lufthansa Senator Card holders are invited to take advantage of the First Class DB lounge.

Frankfurt Airport: AIRailís central hub
When you take the train to the plane, you board at Cologne or Stuttgart Central Station in a relaxed manner - and then make your connection at Frankfurt Airport as comfortably as can be. Should you have a bit of time before taking off aboard a Lufthansa or Star Alliance partner flight, the airportís innumerable offerings invite you to enjoy a stroll or some stress-free shopping. Discover some of the nearly 190 shops, bars and restaurants that make Frankfurt Airport a convenient "marketplace" as well. And experience in a leisurely fashion just how much Europeís second-largest airport has to offer.

So you see: When you take the train to the plane, you can take full advantage of the offerings at Frankfurt Airport.

Information and reservation 

For more information or to make reservations, please contact your travel agency or
Lufthansa directly on +49(0)1805-199299 (14 ct./minute in Germany), or visit www.lufthansa.com
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