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There are 10 ways to get from Zürich to Mainz by train, bus, car, plane or shuttle

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  •  4h 18m

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

$95 - $160

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Bus  •  7h 55m

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

$25 - $42

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Train via Basel SBB  •  4h 50m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Mainz Hbf Ic / ...

$104 - $179

Drive  •  3h 43m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Mainz 256.3 miles

$50 - $80

Train to Basel, fly to Frankfurt  •  4h 4m

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

$119 - $354

Fly Zurich to Frankfurt  •  3h 58m

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

$109 - $299

Fly Zurich to Stuttgart, train  •  5h 1m

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

$103 - $285

Train, train to Friedrichshafen, fly to Frankfurt  •  5h 27m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Singen
  2. Take the train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
  3. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Frankfurt (FRA) FDH - FRA

$137 - $392

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Frankfurt  •  5h 48m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Frankfurt (FRA) STR - FRA

$133 - $319

Fly Zurich to Luxembourg, shuttle  •  6h 33m

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

$81 - $314

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Mainz is to bus which costs SFr 25 - SFr 45 and takes 7h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Mainz is to drive which costs SFr 50 - SFr 80 and takes 3h 43m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Mainz. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at Mainz via Heidelberg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Mainz Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 18m.

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The distance between Zürich and Mainz is 292 km. The road distance is 410.1 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Mainz without a car is to train which takes 4h 18m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 160.

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The train from Zürich HB to Mainz Hbf takes 4h 18m including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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Zürich to Mainz train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Mainz is to train which takes 4h 18m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 25 - SFr 45 and takes 7h 55m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 300 and takes 3h 58m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Mainz.
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  • Distance: 182.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 18m

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Mainz once daily. Tickets cost $95 - $160 and the journey takes 4h 18m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Mainz via Heidelberg in around 7h 55m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Stuttgart to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $280
Flights from Zurich to Luxembourg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Zurich to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $900
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Zurich to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $400
Train operators
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 Zürich HB to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Singen
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
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 Basel SBB to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Mainz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
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 Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Zurich to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Heidelberg to Mainz
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Flibco
Phone
+352 26 58 57 1
Website
flibco.com
Shuttle from Luxembourg Airport to Mainz
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
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 Basel Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 55m.

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

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Zürich to Mainz train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Mainz Hbf station.

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

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Lufthansa offers flights from Basel 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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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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