Low-emission zone in Frankfurt

On 1 October 2008, Frankfurt was one of the first large cities in Germany to introduce a low-emission zone. Within this zone, an emissions sticker is required for most motorized vehicles. In this article we give you an overview of the low-emission zone of Frankfurt. Looking for another city? Please check this list of all cities in Germany where an emissions sticker is needed. More about the sticker itself can be read on the homepage.

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Map of the low-emission zone of Frankfurt

map: Umweltzone in Frankfurt

The low-emission zone of Frankfurt, shown with orange on the map above, covers the entire city. The border of the zone is formed by A5, the A661 and the A3. Good to know is that on these highways themselves an emissions sticker is not required. In the east the low-emission zone of Frankfurt borders the low-emission zone of Offenbach, which was introduced on 1 January 2015.


As already stated above, the emissions sticker is not necessary on the highways surrounding Frankfurt. Technically the sticker is also not required on the part of the A66 that connects the A5 with the city center, but because you can only leave this highway within the zone a sticker would still be necessary. The airport of Frankfurt to the southwest of the city lies outside the low-emission zone. An emissions sticker is not required here.

The trade fair grounds (Messe Frankfurt) do lie within the low-emission zone, but can be reached if you use the A648. On the map this highway is shown with a blue line. It connects the A5 to the trade fair grounds. As long as you do not leave the parking terrain of the Messe Frankfurt and return on the A648 again, an emissions sticker is not necessary.

Parking outside the low-emission zone

Because Frankfurt is a large city, it is possible to park outside the low-emission zone and continue to the city center with public transport. If you approach the city from the west, you can park at the P+R Eschborn Süd (A on the map) close to the A66. From the station with the same name, take the S-Bahn to Frankfurt. If you approach from the east, the Hessen-Center (B) is a good option. This is a large shopping mall with also its own station of the S-Bahn. A third good option that is closer to the city center is the Messe Frankfurt (C), which can be reached by the A648 as explained above.

Which emissions sticker do you need in Frankfurt?

The green emissions sticker

Originally all colors of the German emissions sticker were allowed in Frankfurt, but since 1 January 2012 the only sticker allowed is the green sticker. If your vehicle does not have a green sticker, you risk a fine of €100.

Availability of the emissions sticker for Frankfurt

If you need an emissions sticker for Frankfurt or any other German cities with a low-emission zone, it is recommended that you buy the sticker before your trip. To order the sticker, you can use the order form on our website. Together with your application, you need to upload a copy of your vehicle registration certificate. If your vehicle qualifies, the sticker will be sent by mail within one working day. Payment options include most common credit cards and SEPA bank transfer.

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Another option is to buy the sticker on the road in Germany. Do buy the sticker before you reach Frankfurt though, because driving without a sticker within the low-emission zone is prohibited. The emissions sticker is available at most large car dealerships and at vehicle inspection companies such as A.T.U and TÜV. Ask for a Feinstaubplakette and take your vehicle registration certificate with you. Gas stations on the highway usually do not sell the emissions sticker.

What is there to see and do in Frankfurt?


Frankfurt, in Germany often called Frankfurt am Main, is one of Europe’s most important financial centers. The Deutsche Bundesbank and numerous large European corporations have their headquarters here. Unlike most other German cities, Frankfurt also has an impressive skyline with tall skyscrapers than can be seen from far outside the city. If you visit the city as a tourist rather than for business, the partially rebuilt medieval city center is also worth seeing. The Römer, which has been the city hall of Frankfurt for more than six centuries, as well as the graceful cathedral are some of the highlights. Several good museums can be visited on rainy days.

Order the German emissions sticker

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