Between the “Ask Lucky” page here on the blog and my email, I probably receive a dozen or more questions a week about accessing the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt. Given that so many of you have Lufthansa First Class tickets booked later this year, I thought it might be helpful to go through the various rules for accessing the FCT, as well as go through an overview of the perks and amenities.
You must be flying Lufthansa First Class or be a HON Circle member (Lufthansa’s uber-top tier elite status).
This might seem like a no-brainer, but this is a common question, especially from Star Alliance Gold members and passengers flying first class on other Star Alliance carriers. While technically access to first class lounges is a benefit for Star Alliance first class passengers, Lufthansa gets around this by making the First Class Terminal & Lounges their “HON Circle Lounge,” which they happen to invite first class passengers to.
What if I’m flying Lufthansa First Class to Frankfurt, and am connecting to Business Class?
If you are connecting to Lufthansa, Swiss, or Austrian on the same day, you’re good to go! Just show your First Class boarding pass at the terminal entrance.
What if I’m flying Lufthansa First Class to Frankfurt, and am connecting to an airline other than Lufthansa, Swiss, or Austrian?
You can still use the Lufthansa First Class Lounge, though not the First Class Terminal, since Lufthansa can only drive you to a Lufthansa, Swiss, or Austrian flight.
What if I’m flying Lufthansa First Class to Frankfurt, and have an overnight before my connection?
Unless your connection will also be to Lufthansa First Class, then you won’t have access. You must be arriving or departing in Lufthansa or Swiss First Class same day.
I’m flying Chicago > Munich in First Class, then Munich > Frankfurt in Business Class, then Frankfurt > Zurich on Swiss in Business Class. Do I have access to the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt?
You sure do, since you’re connecting from a same day Lufthansa First Class flight and flying on Lufthansa, Swiss, or Austrian out of Frankfurt.
What if Frankfurt is my final destination?
There aren’t any arrival services at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, sadly, as it’s strictly reserved for departing passengers. You can use the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge, however, which is located behind baggage claim in the B arrivals area.
How do I actually get to the First Class Terminal?
If you are departing from Frankfurt, you can take a taxi right to the main entrance of the terminal.
Lufthansa doesn’t have arrival services for First Class passengers unless your flight uses a remote stand (and even if you’re at a remote stand you’ll only be driven to the main terminal and not the First Class Terminal), so when you get to the main terminal you’ll need to walk.
Clear immigration, and follow the signs to the street level. Turn left after exiting the terminal, and walk towards the taxi waiting area.
There’s a small kiosk/coffee hut where the taxi drivers congregate, which is the best place to cross the street. You should be able to see the First Class Terminal at this point, and the side entrance will eventually be on your left:
Once you go through that door you’ll see a small elevator on your left. Going up one level will take you to the main lobby of the Frankfurt First Class Terminal, where the team of personal assistants will be waiting to whisk you through security.
How long of a layover should I plan if I want to visit the First Class Terminal?
Generally I’d try to schedule at least a three hour layover if you want to visit the First Class Terminal.
- Plan about 30 minutes from the time you deplane till when you get to the First Class Terminal, and then figure you’ll get driven to your plane about 30 minutes before departure.
- That leaves you two hours in the First Class Terminal, which is enough for a nice bath and meal.
What amenities does the First Class Terminal offer?
First of all, while in the First Class Terminal you’ll have a single personal assistant that’s assigned to you. That person both greets you at the door on arrival and will fetch you when your flight is ready for boarding (unless there’s a shift change, in which case you’ll be introduced to a new personal assistant).
The First Class Terminal has a bunch of fairly secluded seating areas, from comfortable leather couches to relaxation chairs.
There are also two nap rooms that are available on a first come first serve basis.
There are several shower rooms, including a couple equipped with jacuzzi baths.
Then there’s a bar and restaurant. The restaurant features both a buffet and an a la carte menu.
Then there are some private cubicles with doors.
Servers typically roam the terminal, so you don’t have to be at the bar or restaurant if you want to order something to drink.
Given that the First Class Terminal is “remote,” you’ll be driven to your connecting flight either in a private car or a van, depending on how many other passengers in the First Class Terminal are on your flight. The transfer leaves from the lower level of the terminal, which is also where passport control occurs.
What’s the difference between the Lufthansa First Class Terminal and Lufthansa First Class Lounges?
In addition to the First Class Terminal, Lufthansa also has two First Class Lounges in Frankfurt (in the A & B piers), and a First Class Lounge in Munich.
So what’s the difference between them and the First Class Terminal? Very little, to be honest.
They also have nice seating areas, bars, restaurants, baths, showers, and nap rooms. The only thing substantially different is that if you’re in the First Class Terminal you’re guaranteed to be driven to your connecting flight, while in the First Class Lounges you’ll only be driven to the plane if your flight leaves from a different terminal.
One minor difference between the Frankfurt and Munich lounges is that the Frankfurt lounges are catered by DO&CO, while the Munich lounge isn’t. So the food will be a bit better in Frankfurt than Munich.
While the First Class Lounges are similar to the First Class Terminal, I do think the terminal is still worth experiencing. There’s something about the ease of the security process and seclusion that makes it really special, in my opinion.
What are these Lufthansa First Class ducks I hear about?!
One of the cute things that Lufthansa offers at all of their first class lounges are rubber ducks. These are usually placed near the baths, though even if you’re not taking a bath you can ask the shower room attendant for one.
These ducks are often seasonal, as Lufthansa sometimes has special ones for Easter, Christmas, New Years, Oktoberfest, etc.
What’s “not to miss” in the First Class Terminal?
Admittedly I’m easily pleased, but there are three things I especially love about the First Class Terminal — hot pretzels, “real” European Fanta, and their massive water selection.
Does Lufthansa still offer First Class passengers Porsche rentals?
If you have a long layover in Frankfurt Lufthansa has a partnership with Avis whereby you can rent a Porsche 911 or Porsche Panamera for three hours (and drive it up to 150km) for €99.10, and this includes fuel and insurance.
You can book this offer either online, by phone at +49 6171 68 1377, or with a personal assistance in one of the Lufthansa First Class Lounges.
Anyways, I hope that helps, and that I’ve covered most of the likely scenarios for accessing the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. Are there any that I missed?