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There are 5 ways to get from Cologne to Mainz by train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf  •  1h 39m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mainz Hbf Ice / ...

$52 - $75

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2h 8m

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Mainz 110.9 miles

$9 - $15

3 alternative options

Train  •  1h 46m

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Mainz Hbf Ic / ...

$30 - $60

Drive  •  1h 46m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Mainz 111.9 miles

$23 - $35

Train, fly  •  3h 21m

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Frankfurt (FRA) DUS - FRA

$100 - $290

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Mainz is to rideshare which costs 7€ - 13€ and takes 2h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Mainz is to train which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 1h 39m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Mainz Hbf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 46m.

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The distance between Cologne and Mainz is 141 km. The road distance is 179 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Mainz without a car is to train which takes 1h 39m and costs 45€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 1h 39m to get from Cologne to Mainz, including transfers.

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Cologne to Mainz train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Köln Hbf station.

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The quickest flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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Cologne to Mainz train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Mainz Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Mainz is 179 km. It takes approximately 1h 46m to drive from Cologne to Mainz.

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  • Distance: 88.4 miles
  • Duration: 1h 39m

What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Mainz, Germany?

You can take a train from Cologne to Mainz via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf in around 1h 39m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
TransRegio
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
trans-regio.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
trans-regio.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Mainz
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Lufthansa offers flights from Dusseldorf Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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There are 434+ hotels available in Mainz. Prices start at $59 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cologne and Mainz. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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