Frankfurt Airport to Mainz, Mainz to Amsterdam, and Amsterdam to Frankfurt. Summer vacation & travel guide

Hello,I am coming to Frankfurt this summer. My family and I would like to also travel to Mainz and Amsterdam. Is there a train that goes from the airport in Frankfurt to Mainz? And is there a train from Mainz to Amsterdam? And then a train from Amsterdam to Frankfurt? We are trying to avoid renting a car.Thank you for your help!Sonya
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 12, 2018 19:06
    Hi Sonya,

    You would purchase tickets by searching a route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Frankfurt Airport to Mainz

    Conveniently, there is a main rail station at the Frankfurt Airport. There are direct trains from there to Mainz. The ride only takes about 20-25 minutes.

    Mainz to Amsterdam (fastest)

    The shortest connections from Mainz to Amsterdam actually involve going back through Frankfurt Airport station. The trip takes about 4.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once at the Frankfurt Airport station. When purchasing tickets for this option on our site, you can just do one search for the full connection from Mainz to Amsterdam.

    Mainz to Amsterdam (scenic)

    If you don't mind adding about 40 minutes to your trip time for this journey, you can take a route that follows the very scenic West Rhine Railway (Rhine Valley Line) for a stretch. This option would take just over 5 hours in duration and still only involves changing trains once along the way; this time in Cologne.

    Direct IC (InterCity) trains from Mainz to Cologne follow along the West Rhine Railway. For the segment from Cologne to Amsterdam, you would take an ICE (InterCity Express) high-speed train.

    When purchasing tickets for this option on our site, you would have to break up your search in Cologne. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Mainz to Cologne and then another search for connecting trains from Cologne to Amsterdam.

    So that you'll be on a train that runs along the West Rhine Railway, just be sure to choose an actual direct train when you pull up the results of your search for the segment from Mainz to Cologne.

    It should look like something like this next to the departure and arrival times:

     

    If, for the segment from Mainz to Cologne, one of the departures indicates a connection (i.e. '1 Connection') and that you'll be taking an ICE, then that option does not run along the West Rhine Railway.

    Amsterdam to Frankfurt

    From Amsterdam to the city of Frankfurt, there are direct ICE high-speed trains. The ride from Amsterdam to Frankfurt takes just under 4 hours in duration.
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  • Hi!

    Thank you Jeff for all the information.

    I was also wondering if it mattered what time I picked for my train ticket. Example being that if I picked 9:00 but my plane was late and I could not make that train. Would I be allowed to take the next train available?

    Also, what is a euro pass? A friend suggested using one, but I wasn't sure how it worked.

    Sonya
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 10, 2018 20:46
      Hi Sonya,

      Trains in Germany (including cross-border trains between a station in Germany and Amsterdam) do offer certain fares, labeled on our website as 'Flex Fares', which would be valid to use for a later train on the same day.

      When you pull up the results of your schedule searches on our site, you would see the fare type you're being offered by clicking on the fare itself and then 'Fare details'. When you click on 'Fare details', a box will pop up with the name of the fare you're being offered. If the fare is labeled 'Flex Fare', then you know the ticket we issue will be valid for to use to take a later on the same day.

      If our website does not offer you a 'Flex Fare' for a particular route, then you would have to call us to purchase the ticket, and we can issue that for you. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 10, 2018 21:05
      A rail pass covers ticket costs on trains in Europe. Therefore, if you were to purchase a rail pass, then there would be no need for you to purchase regular tickets. I advised about purchasing regular tickets, because I presumed that would be the most economical option for your particular itinerary, but you are welcome to compare both options. Rail Europe is unique in that we are able to sell regular tickets and rail passes.

      Any rail pass that includes Germany and the Benelux would cover the routes you mentioned (the Netherlands is included as a part of the 'Benelux', which also happens to include Belgium and Luxembourg and counts them all as one country just for the purpose of rail passes).

      For your itinerary, you would purchase the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Germany and the Benelux. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries.

      Keep in mind that even with a rail pass, ICE trains highly recommend reservations. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Therefore, you would also want to account for reservation costs when considering the option of the rail pass (assuming you do decide to purchase reservations).

      Passholder reservation fees in Germany can range between $6 and $14 per person in addition to a rail pass. Generally, you would be able to check passholder reservation costs on our website; however, there is currently an error preventing passholder reservations in Germany from being viewed and booked there. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us if you'd like to purchase passholder reservations for any of your trains.
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