Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
D 55021 Mainz
Phone: +49 (0)6131 379 141
Fax: +49 (0)6131 379 340
Ackermannweg 10 (south-west end of University campus)
At Frankfurt airport ( Frankfurt Rhein-Main, FRA) there are two railway stations. Trains to Mainz Hbf leave, either at the old regional (local) station in the basement ("level -1") of Terminal 1 (area "S"), or at the new long-distance station, AirRail Terminal or area "T". There is a direct access from Terminal 1 (Hall A, B, C) to the AirRail Terminal (level 3). From Terminal 2 (Hall D and E) both stations are reached via Terminal 1 (using Sky Line) or directly by a free shuttle bus. There is a Deutsche Bahn ("DB") counter at the ground level of Terminal 1 and at the top of the long-distance station, and a travel agency ("Reisebüro") at the arrival level of Hall B.
From the regional station direct local trains (RE and S-Bahn "S8" [ not "S9" *] with final destination Wiesbaden) frequently leave from track 3 for Mainz Hbf, which is reached in 20-27 minutes. You have to buy in advance a Verkehrsverbund ticket (at "RMV" vending machines) for € 4.10 (the code number for Mainz is 6500; don't take connections via Frankfurt Hbf). This ticket is good also for the local bus within Mainz. There is no possibility to buy tickets inside such trains and not having a valid ticket carries a € 40 fine. An "RMV" vending machine is located also in the baggage claim area of Hall B.
[* S9 does not go to Mainz Hbf. If you have inadvertently entered such a train you can change trains (for Mainz Hbf) at "Rüsselsheim" or "Mainz-Bischofsheim" or you stay on until "Mainz-Kastel". Here, in front of that station (on the other side of the street) you can take a bus Nº 54, 55 or 58 - see below.]
From the long-distance station (track 6 and 7) non-stop IC-/EC-/ICE- trains take you to Mainz Hbf in 16-19 minutes. The regular fare is € 8.00 (IC/EC) and € 12.00 (ICE) with appropriate reductions, if you hold a Bahncard. Tickets can be bought at "DB" vending machines and counters, or in the train at some additional charge. However, most of the time there is only one train per hour heading for Mainz Hbf (usually leaving 58 or 59 minutes past the hour).
Note, there is another international airport, Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) , which is situated in the Hunsrück some 70 km west of Mainz. Between Mainz Hbf and that airport there are several direct bus connections (Hahn Airportshuttle) ; the travel time is 70 min, the fare is 12.00 €. For alternative travel possibilities see DB Query Page.
Your destination is Mainz Hauptbahnhof (Hbf). Inquire train schedules at DB Query Page
Take Exit West at the Central Railway Station (Hbf), walk straight and turn somewhat to the right after crossing the street (walk of about 3 minutes). There you will find all the bus stops that take you to our institute. Most rides are offered by circle line, Nš 69, from the railway station ("Hauptbahnhof") to the university campus (Uni Campus/Fachhochschule) and back. The nearest stop for the MPI-P is "Duesbergweg" (see campus map). This bus runs every 10 - 20 minutes. Bus lines, Nº 68 (destination Klein-Winternheim), 650 (destination Sprendlingen) and 75 (destination Ingelheim) take you to "Ackermannweg/FH". There are more busses to "Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer-Weg" (see campus map) which take you to the University Campus. You can take busses Nº 54, 55, and 58 (destination Lerchenberg, Finthen, and Wackernheim, respectively). You only need a "Kurzstreckenfahrschein" for € 1.55 (except weekdays before 9 am, when a regular ticket is required). However you have to walk across the university campus for about 10 minutes.
The regular ticket is € 2.50, which can be bought from the bus driver or from the vending machine. The latter also offers a bundle of 5 single tickets for € 9.85. Alternatively there are all-day tickets (€ 5.90). The tickets are valid in the whole Mainz/Wiesbaden area. (If you arrive with an RMV or RNN Verkehrsverbund ticket, no extra bus ticket is necessary).
From Autobahn A60 take exit Mainz-Finthen / Saarstrasse or exit Mainz-Lerchenberg with direction Innenstadt (downtown), then follow 'Universität' and 'MPI-Polymerforschung' signs - see Mainz access map
The fare from Mainz Hauptbahnhof is approximately € 10. Make sure that the taxi-driver takes you to the 'Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung' at ACKERMANNWEG 10, which is just outside the university campus, and not to the 'Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie' (which is still well inside the campus) - see MPI access map
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Last modified: December 2011