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Originally I just wanted to comment on the excellent answer by Hilma, but I can't stress the chance of delays enough. The Deutsche Bahn is nowadays notorious for their delays, especially on long-distance trains (the tricks the DB uses to make the delayed trains look better was even a topic on the latest Chaos Communication Congress, English audio track ...


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Sort of. In general the Bahn is good at creating schedules and managing connections efficiently. For example when two "busy" trains intersect they often line them up on both sides of a single platform so you can directly walk out of one train straight into the other. This being said, in my personal experience on-time performance of the trains has severely ...


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One important information that could help a lot in making those decisions is that DB (and CFF, and probably a few others) actually plan in advance which track which train is going to use, contrary to SNCF which seems to just throw dice at the last minute. This information is readily available on the DB or CFF websites, even for trains running in several ...


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You can do this with ITA Matrix search. Enter your search parameters, and then click "Advanced Controls" under "Extension codes" (or Outbound and Return Extension codes if you are searching for a return flight), enter -CITIES HKG. There are lots of other interesting parameters you can use in the routing and extension codes sections which you can find by ...


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DB is running the trains into and out of Frankfurt (I assume they will all be ICEs) and they are selling you a ticket for the entire journey which may even be tied to specific trains (for a lower price). Thus, they are confident that the transfer works or they would not advertise it. Furthermore, you have a valid contract with them so it is their ...


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The Bahn AG typically has a good idea how long it takes to change trains, and if a connection is offered, it is feasible even for someone not fit (walking slowly). So generally, if they offer it, you need not be concerned. Many connections with large volume of passenger known to use them are set up with trains across from each other, so even 30 seconds ...


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Without going into too much detail about the delays, let's answer the question: Is it managable to have a 15 minute exchange in Frankfurt (in general, on the main station without S-Bahn or U-Bahn)? Yes, 15 minutes is enough. For me that's sufficient even down to the S-Bahn with luggage and small children (I don't use elevators). Additional to delay, there ...


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Will I need to go through Thai immigrations to collect my luggage? As a Dutch citizen it says here http://www.consular.go.th/main/contents/filemanager/VISA/Visa%20on%20Arrival/VOA.pdf that I do not need a visa. While you don't need a visa, you still need to pass immigration to enter the country. That means having to queue up with most other foreign ...


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If you are walking “European speed” then 6min is all you need from any platform to another in Frankfurt Main Station.


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I would vouch for SBB/CFF Olten. CFF/SBB are known to have buffer times in their schedules when it comes to trains from other companies passing the Swiss border then typically changing the train team or / and changing the train engine. Which in principle allows some delay from the inbound train. Once beyond the border, well inside Swiss territory, the ...


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As your flights are on separate tickets, you need to have: Deplaned (can take a while on a large plane) Reached immigration Queued at immigration Gone through passport control Reclaimed your bags (possibly waited for them first) Gone through customs Reached the departures area Found the check-in area for your second flight Checked in/dropped your bags ...


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Having traveled a lot between Paris and Frankfurt during the past year I can assure you, that Frankfurt main station is much more easy to navigate than for example Gare de Lyon. There is only one level for long distance trains as others have already pointed out before. SCNF and DB are communicating delays quite well and you will usually be informed about ...


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United and Lufthansa are both Star Alliance, so checking the bags through should be no problem, simply ask for it when checking in at O'Hare. Cyprus is not in Schengen, so you will not have to enter the Schengen area in Munich. You can stay airside in Munich und transfer to the Lufthansa flight directly. No need for customs or immigration. Immigration and ...


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If your flight arrives in time, 2.5 hours is well enough. Suvarnabhumi airport is very well organized, immigration procedure and baggage claiming should not take longer than 45 minutes, from the baggage claim to check-in its not longer then 10 minutes and Lao airlines stuff is quite relaxed so don't worry if you won't make it within 2 hours before departure ...


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It is perfectly feasible to make a 15 min connection in Frankfurt Hbf if your arriving train is on time. (If you arrive on the direct TGV from Lyon, I would expect it to be on time.) The station is large, but very easy to navigate on its surface level, which is the level you will be arriving to and departing from. In case you miss your connection in ...


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Presuming that you are able to check-in online for your onward flight, and given that you do not have checked luggage you should NOT need to clear immigration, although you will need to go through security. There is an airside bus that runs from Terminal 2, gate 51 to Terminal 4. The bus runs every 15-30 minutes, and takes around 12 minutes. In order to ...


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