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There are 8 ways to get from Mainz to Zürich by train, bus, car, plane or shuttle

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Train  •  4h 25m

  1. Take the train from Mainz Hbf to Zürich HB Ec

$95 - $160

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Bus  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Mainz to Heidelberg 227
  2. Take the bus from Heidelberg to Zurich 107 / ...

$25 - $44

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Train via Basel SBB  •  4h 33m

  1. Take the train from Mainz Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...

$92 - $185

Drive  •  3h 43m

  1. Drive from Mainz to Zürich 256.5 miles

$50 - $80

Fly Frankfurt to Zurich  •  2h 41m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH

$110 - $299

Fly Frankfurt to Basel, train  •  3h 48m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB

$117 - $354

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the train from Mainz Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Zurich (ZRH) STR - ZRH

$104 - $284

Shuttle to Luxembourg, fly to Zurich  •  6h 5m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Mainz to Luxembourg Airport
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Zurich (ZRH) LUX - ZRH

$82 - $313

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The cheapest way to get from Mainz to Zürich is to bus which costs 21€ - 40€ and takes 7h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Mainz to Zürich is to fly which costs 95€ - 260€ and takes 2h 41m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Mainz to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Mainz and arriving at Zurich via Heidelberg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Mainz Hbf and arriving at Zürich HB. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 4h 25m.

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The distance between Mainz and Zürich is 292 km. The road distance is 410.5 km.

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The best way to get from Mainz to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 4h 25m and costs 85€ - 140€.

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The train from Mainz Hbf to Zürich HB takes 4h 25m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Mainz to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Mainz station.

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

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The best way to get from Mainz to Zürich is to train which takes 4h 25m and costs 85€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 21€ - 40€ and takes 7h 45m, you could also fly, which costs 95€ - 260€ and takes 2h 41m.

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Map of how to get from Mainz to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 182.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 25m

What companies run services between Mainz, Germany and Zürich, Switzerland?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Mainz to Zürich once daily. Tickets cost $95 - $160 and the journey takes 4h 25m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Mainz to Zürich via Heidelberg in around 7h 45m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $900
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
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 Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Mainz to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Heidelberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Flibco
Phone
+352 26 58 57 1
Website
flibco.com
Shuttle from Mainz to Luxembourg Airport
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $35
Schedules at
flibco.com
Standard Ticket
$26 - $35
Low
$6
High
$34

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

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Mainz to Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich station.

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Mainz to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mainz to Zürich is 410 km. It takes approximately 3h 43m to drive from Mainz to Zürich.

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Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 522+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Mainz to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 16m and costs 11€ - 17€.

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