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

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 via Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf  •  1 h 30 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 / ...

$36 - $79

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 8 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Mainz to Cologne 110.8 miles

$6 - $18

3 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 59 min

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

$35 - $60

Drive  •  1 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Mainz to Cologne 111.9 miles

$23 - $35

Fly, train  •  3 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dusseldorf (DUS) FRA - DUS
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf

$87 - $296

Questions & Answers

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 takes 1 h 30 min and costs 30€ - 70€.

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

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It takes approximately 1 h 30 min to get from Mainz to Cologne, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Mainz Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart every 20 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 59 min.

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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 30 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
50 min
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 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 Mainz Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Frankfurt Flughafen Fernb to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
TransRegio
Phone
+49-261-98887070
Email
service@trans-regio.de
Website
trans-regio.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
trans-regio.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
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.

Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Mainz to Cologne
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $18
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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