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There are 6 ways to get from Mainz to Cologne by train, night train, rideshare or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  1 h 36 min

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

$49 - $79

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 8 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Mainz to Cologne 110.8 miles

$6 - $17

4 alternative options

Train via Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12  •  1 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Mainz Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice / ...

$49 - $74

Train #2  •  1 h 45 min

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

$30 - $60

Night train  •  1 h 56 min

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

$40 - $60

Drive  •  1 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Mainz to Cologne 111.9 miles

$23 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Mainz to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 5€ - 15€ and takes 2 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Mainz to Cologne is to train which costs 40€ - 70€ and takes 1 h 36 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Mainz Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 45 min.

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

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The best way to get from Mainz to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 1 h 36 min and costs 40€ - 70€.

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It takes approximately 1 h 36 min to get from Mainz to Cologne, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Mainz to Cologne is 179 km. It takes approximately 1 h 44 min to drive from Mainz to Cologne.

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  • Distance: 88.4 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 36 min

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

You can take a train from Mainz to Cologne via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf in around 1 h 36 min.

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 Mainz Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
TransRegio
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
trans-regio.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Köln, Dom / Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
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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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Mainz to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $17
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blablacar.co.uk

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

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