Mainz Hauptbahnhof

Mainz Hauptbahnhof ("Mainz main station", formerly known as Centralbahnhof Mainz[4][5][6]) is a railway station for the city of Mainz in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is used by about 60,000 travelers and visitors each day and is therefore by far the busiest station in Rhineland-Palatinate. The station was a trial area for a CCTV scheme using automated face recognition.

Mainz Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn S-Bahn-Logo.svg Rhine-Neckar S-Bahn
Through station
Mainz Hauptbahnhof Stiched.jpg
Front of the station building
General information
LocationBahnhofplatz 1, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate
Coordinates50°0′4.67″N 8°15′31.14″E / 50.0012972°N 8.2586500°E / 50.0012972; 8.2586500
Owned byDeutsche Bahn
Operated by
Platforms9 (1–6, 8, 11, 13)
Other information
Station code3898
DS100 codeFMZ
Fare zone
  • Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV): 6511[1]
  • RNN: 300 (RMV transitional tariff)[2]
60,000 daily[3]
Preceding station   DB Fernverkehr   Following station
ICE 20
ICE 31
towards Frankfurt
towards Cologne
ICE 45
towards Stuttgart
ICE 50
towards Dresden
towards Frankfurt
ICE 91
towards Vienna
IC/EC 30
towards Offenburg
IC/EC 31
towards Frankfurt
towards Berlin
IC/EC 32
towards Stuttgart
towards Emden
IC/EC 35
towards Cologne
towards Dresden
IC 55
towards Cologne
Preceding station   DB Regio   Following station
toward Koblenz Hbf
RE 2
Left Rhine Railway
TerminusRE 4
toward Alzey
RE 13
TerminusRE 14
toward Mannheim Hbf
toward Alzey
RB 31
Alzey–Mainz railway
RB 33
Preceding station   Hessische Landesbahn   Following station
RB 75
Rhine-Main Railway
Preceding station   Vlexx   Following station
RE 3
Preceding station   trans regio   Following station
RB 26
Preceding station Rhine-Main S-Bahn Following station
Mainz Nord Mainz Römisches Theater
towards Hanau Hbf
Preceding station Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn Following station
Terminus S6 Mainz Römisches Theater
towards Bensheim
Mainz is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Location in Rhineland-Palatinate
Mainz is located in Germany
Location in Germany
Mainz is located in Europe
Location in Europe


The current station was built as a central station from 1882 to 1884 according to the plans of Philipp Johann Berdellé (1838–1903) as part of the expansion of the city after the Franco-Prussian War.[6]


Former station on the Rheinstraße

Under the Rheinschifffahrtsakte (Rhine navigation treaty) of 1831, Mainz lost its right to impose a stapelrecht (pile right, a medieval right apparently first granted by Charlemagne to some cities, including Mainz, to require river traders to unload goods in its marketplace for a specified number of days and offer them for sale or make payment in lieu) and thus its trading port and its high tariffs could be avoided. On 13 April 1840 the Taunus Railway between Frankfurt, Mainz-Kastel and Wiesbaden was opened and took transit traffic and tourism away from Mainz. On the other hand, Mainz was the largest city of the Grand Duchy of Hesse and was thus an attractive destination for the developing railway network. In Mainz, the local Hessian Ludwig Railway Company (Hessische Ludwigsbahn) obtained concessions to build railway lines from Mainz, beginning in 1845 with the Mainz–Ludwigshafen railway, on which construction began in 1847. The completion of the line was delayed due to the Revolutions of 1848 to 23 March 1853. The original Mainz station was built on land next to the Rhine outside the city wall between the Wood Tower, Fort Malakoff and today's Museum of Ancient Seafaring, and opened in August 1853.

In December 1858 the Hessian Ludwig Railway opened a line to Aschaffenburg via the then state capital of Darmstadt, but it ended on the right Rhine bank above the Main delta as no bridge had been built over the Rhine. Travelers had to cross the Rhine with their luggage on a train ferry. Therefore, in 1860 the building of a permanent railway bridge began, which went into service on 20 December 1862 as the first permanent bridge over the Rhine at Mainz since Roman times.

On 17 October 1859 the Mainz-Bingen line opened from its own terminal station in Mainz, which was outside the Mainz fortress in the Gartenfeld ("garden field") (now Neustadt) between the Frauenlobstraße and Feldbergplatz, near where today's Grüne Brücke crosses Rheinallee.

In 1871 the Alzey–Mainz line of the Hessian Ludwig Railway opened to Alzey via Gonsenheim.


Berdellé's station

In the course of the 19th Century the number of passengers steadily increased, as Mainz developed as the junction of lines to Darmstadt, Ludwigshafen, Aschaffenburg, Bingen and Frankfurt. However, the terminal stations lay between the walls and the fortress and the Rhine bank, and this limited area did not permit an expansion of the railway facilities. Already in 1858 the Mainzer Zeitung newspaper reported plans for a relocation of the stations.

The development of the town, extension and organization of the riverbank and railway development required a high measure of co-ordination in order to produce an acceptable outcome. In 1873, Chief architect Eduard Kreyßig, who had replaced the former chief architect Laske in 1866, suggested shifting the station to the west side of the city. The approach lines had to be built in a large curve to the west of the city to reach the proposed station site. In addition a tunnel under the citadel was necessary.


The Mainz architect Philipp Johann Berdellé (1838–1903) created the station's entrance building in bright Flonheim sandstone in Italian neo-Renaissance with baroque and neoclassical elements. A jutting central section is framed by two lower side wings with arcades, which end in risalits. The building was opened ceremoniously on 15 October 1884.

Art in the buildingEdit


Berdellé set the emphasis of the graphic decorations on the entrances of the central building. Allegorical representations refer to the function of the building. On both sides of the entrance reliefs (produced by the Mainz sculptors Valentin Barth and Anton Scholl) display putti at play to indicate the way for arrivals and departures:

  • The departure sculpture is in the left section of the main building: in the left upper corner the word "billet" (ticket) can be recognized. It shows scenes on the topic of departure and parting at the station and includes a heavy suitcase.
  • The arrival sculpture is in the right section of the main building: here the putti disembark from the train and joyful arrival is portrayed. The heavy suitcase is carried away.

Station forecourtEdit

Originally the forecourt surrounded a rondel and was planted with trees, lawns and flowers. It included a rail loop for horse trams and numerous carriages and hotel buses also served the station.

Station hallEdit

French troops leaving Mainz on 30 June 1930

The station hall was the longest in Europe when opened. It was built, along with railway bridge over the Rhine, by the Süddeutschen Brückenbau-Actien-Gesellschaft, now MAN AG. It was three hundred meters long [6] and 47 meters wide and constructed from cast and wrought iron, glass and corrugated iron with a surface area of approximately 14,000 square meters. The roof structure was supported by sixty wrought-iron columns. The faces were locked with glass aprons up to the entry height of the courses.

First alterationEdit

Part of the tunnel between the Hauptbahnhof and Mainz Süd was opened to the surface in the thirties in a make-work scheme, creating two tunnels. A fire in the station's roof on 23 December 1934 caused limited damage, but it was decided to replace the whole roof.[6] The station was bombed on many occasions during World War II by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces, but continued to operate.

Second alterationEdit

In the course of the bombing of Mainz in World War II the Hauptbahnhof as important infrastructure was subject to several air raids.[6] With the permission of the American and French military authorities trains began to operate on individual lines again and reconstruction began before the end of 1945. The re-building of the station building and forecourt began in 1947. The outside walls and the basic concept were maintained, but the groundplan was improved.

The Hauptbahnhof was enlarged, modernized and adapted for technical progress. The Mainz locomotive shed became one of the first to be "steam-free", when the last steam locomotive left it in 1959. The station had previously been electrified.

Third alterationEdit

The largest recent change to the station is the building of a second double-track tunnel on the line to Römisches Theater station (formerly Mainz Süd) under the Kästrich. The reorganization of the lines in the old tunnel has not been finished yet.

At a cost of about 114 million over a five-year construction period to the end of 2003, the reception building and the station hall were reconditioned and partly rebuilt.[6] The platform entrance now leads across a high ramp, which gives step-free access via escalators and elevators from the reception hall to the platforms. It spans four platforms and seven tracks. Three further terminal tracks are accessible from platform 1. The area for businesses and restaurants was expanded by 3.800 m².


The station is used by about 55,000 travelers each day. It is the terminus of Line S8:Wiesbaden Hbf–Mainz Hbf–RüsselsheimFrankfurt HbfHanau Hbf; of the Rhine-Main S-Bahn and it is the start of the Mainbahn to Frankfurt Hbf. It is served by 440 daily local and regional trains (StadtExpress, RE and RB) and 78 long-distance trains (IC, EC and ICE).

The station is an interchange point for the Mainz tramway network, and an important bus junction for the city and region (RNN, ORN and MVG).

Long distanceEdit

The following long-distance rail passenger services operate from Mainz Hauptbahnhof:

Line Route Interval
ICE 11 Wiesbaden – Mainz – Mannheim – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – München-Pasing – Munich One train
ICE 20 Kiel – Hamburg – Hannover – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Frankfurt – Frankfurt Airport Mainz – Wiesbaden One train
ICE 31 Dortmund – Hagen – Wuppertal – Solingen – Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz – Mainz – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt – Hanau – Würzburg – Nuremberg – Ingolstadt – Munich One train pair
Hamburg – Bremen – Osnabrück – Münster – Dortmund – Hagen – Wuppertal – Solingen – Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz – Mainz – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt Two train pairs
ICE 41 München Hbf – Nürnberg Hbf – Würzburg Hbf – Fulda – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Hamm – Dortmund – Duisburg Hbf – Düsseldorf Hbf – Köln Messe/Deutz – Wiesbaden Hbf – Mainz – Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf One train (Mon–Fri)
ICE 42 Munich Hbf – Augsburg Hbf – Ulm Hbf – Stuttgart Hbf – Mannheim Hbf – Frankfurt Airport – Mainz – Wiesbaden Hbf One train (Sun)
ICE 45 Stuttgart Hbf (– Vaihingen (Enz)) – Heidelberg Hbf – Mannheim Hbf – Mainz – Wiesbaden Hbf – Limburg Süd – Montabaur – Siegburg/Bonn (– Cologne/Bonn Airport) – Cologne One train pair
ICE 45 Mainz – Wiesbaden Hbf – Limburg Süd – Montabaur – Cologne One train
ICE 50 Dresden – Leipzig – Erfurt – Fulda – Frankfurt – Frankfurt Airport Mainz – Wiesbaden Every 2 hours
ICE 91 Dortmund – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Koblenz – Mainz – Frankfurt – Würzburg – Nuremberg – Regensburg – Passau – Linz – Vienna Two train pairs
IC/EC 30 Hamburg – Bremen – Osnabrück – Münster – Dortmund – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Vaihingen – Stuttgart
continues as EC from Mannheim: Karlsruhe – Freiburg – Basel – (Zürich – Chur or Bern – Interlaken Ost)
Every 2 hours
(EC: two train pairs)
IC 31 (Kiel –) Hamburg – Bremen – Osnabrück – Münster – Dortmund – Wuppertal – Cologne – Koblenz – Mainz – Frankfurt (– Würzburg – Nuremberg – Regensburg – Passau) Every 2 hours
IC/EC 32 (Münster – Recklinghausen – Gelsenkirchen –) or (Dortmund –) Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Vaihingen – Stuttgart (– Reutlingen – Tübingen) or (Ulm – Friedrichshafen – Lindau – Bregenz – Innsbruck) or (– Ulm – Kempten – Oberstdorf) or (Ulm – Augsburg – Munich – Rosenheim – Salzburg – Villach – Klagenfurt) Every 2 hours
IC 35 Norddeich Mole – Münster – Recklinghausen – Gelsenkirchen – Oberhausen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Köln – Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Offenburg – Konstanz Individual services


The following local passenger services operate from Mainz Hauptbahnhof:

Line Route Operator Stock
S6 Mainz – Mainz Römisches Theater – Oppenheim – Worms – Bobenheim-Roxheim – Frankenthal – Ludwigshafen – Mannheim (– Weinheim – Bensheim) DB Regio Mitte 425
  Wiesbaden Hbf – Wiesbaden Ost – Mainz Nord – Mainz Hbf – Mainz Römisches Theater – Mainz-Gustavsburg – Mainz-Bischofsheim – Rüsselsheim Opelwerk – Rüsselsheim – Raunheim – Kelsterbach – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt am Main Stadion – Frankfurt-Niederrad – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf tief – Frankfurt (Main) Taunusanlage – Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache – Frankfurt (Main) Konstablerwache – Frankfurt (Main) Ostendstraße – Frankfurt (Main) Mühlberg – Offenbach-Kaiserlei – Offenbach Ledermuseum – Offenbach Marktplatz – Offenbach (Main) Ost (– Mühlheim (Main) – Mühlheim (Main) Dietesheim – Steinheim (Main) – Hanau Hbf) DB Regio Mitte 430
RE 2 Koblenz – Boppard – Oberwesel – Bingen – Ingelheim – Mainz – Rüsselsheim – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt DB Regio Mitte 429
RE 3 Nahe-Express:
Saarbrücken – Türkismühle – Idar-Oberstein – Bad Kreuznach Mainz – Rüsselsheim – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt
vlexx 620, 622
RE 4 Frankfurt – Frankfurt-Höchst – Hochheim – Mainz – Worms – Frankenthal – Ludwigshafen – Germersheim – Karlsruhe DB Regio Mitte 429
RE 13 Mainz – Nieder-Olm – Saulheim – Wörrstadt – Armsheim – Alzey (– Wahlheim – Freimersheim – Kirchheimbolanden) vlexx 620, 622
RE 14 Frankfurt – Frankfurt-Höchst – Hochheim – Mainz – Worms – Frankenthal – Ludwigshafen Mitte Mannheim DB Regio Mitte 429
RE 15 Mainz – Bad Kreuznach – Hochspeyer – Kaiserslautern vlexx 620,622
RB 26 Köln Messe/Deutz – Köln – Bonn – Remagen – Andernach – Koblenz – Boppard – Oberwesel – Bingen – Ingelheim – Mainz Trans regio 460
RB 31 (Frankfurt – Frankfurt Flughafen – Rüsselsheim –) Mainz – Gonsenheim – Klein Winternheim-Ober Olm – Nieder-Olm – Saulheim – Wörrstadt – Armsheim – Albig – Alzey (– Wahlheim – Freimersheim – Kirchheimbolanden) vlexx 620, 622
RB 33 Idar-Oberstein – Bad Kreuznach – Mainz (– Rüsselsheim – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt) vlexx 620, 622
RB 75 Wiesbaden – Mainz – Groß-Gerau – Darmstadt – Dieburg – Aschaffenburg Hessische Landesbahn 1440
In brief
Number of passenger tracks
above ground:
7 main line,
1 branch,
1 tramway station,
2 tracks each
78 long-distance
440 regional


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