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

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Train  •  4 h 25 min

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

$100 - $160

Cheapest option

Bus via Karlsruhe  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Mainz to Karlsruhe 227
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Zurich N07 / ...

$25 - $43

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Train via Basel SBB  •  4 h 31 min

  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 3 / ...

$97 - $171

Bus  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Mainz to Zurich N207

$29 - $50

Drive  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Mainz to Zürich 256.5 miles

$50 - $80

Fly Frankfurt to Zurich  •  2 h 45 min

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

$110 - $301

Fly Frankfurt to Basel, train  •  3 h 40 min

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

$117 - $355

Fly Luxembourg to Zurich  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Zurich (ZRH) LUX - ZRH

$82 - $317

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The cheapest way to get from Mainz to Zürich is to bus which costs 21€ - 40€ and takes 7 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Mainz to Zürich is to fly which costs 90€ - 260€ and takes 2 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Mainz and arriving at Zurich. Services depart six times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 10 min.

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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 4 h 25 min.

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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 4 h 25 min and costs 85€ - 140€.

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The train from Mainz Hbf to Zürich HB takes 4 h 25 min 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 4 h 25 min and costs 85€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 21€ - 40€ and takes 7 h 50 min, you could also fly, which costs 90€ - 260€ and takes 2 h 45 min.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Mainz to Zürich once daily. Tickets cost $100 - $160 and the journey takes 4 h 25 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Mainz to Zürich via Karlsruhe in around 7 h 50 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Luxembourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $900
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
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mainz Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $140
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
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$45 - $80
First
$55 - $140
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
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
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 Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Mainz to Zurich
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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