Visitor Information

Travel Information

The Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics (MITP) is located on the campus of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, accessible by a 30-minute train or car ride from Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

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There are two airports near Mainz:

1. International Airport Frankfurt / Main (FRA)

  • S-Bahn (line S8) transit from Frankfurt / Main to Mainz main station starting every 30 minutes (some regional trains are an alternative)
  • Duration: 18-26 minutes
  • For schedule information see Deutsche Bahn

2. Airport Frankfurt-Hahn (Hunsrück) (HHN)

  • Bus transfer to Mainz main station: ORN from terminal 3 (leaves Frankfurt-Hahn every 3 hours)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • For schedule information see Deutsche Bahn
  • Car route from Frankfurt-Hahn to Mainz: Take highway B 50 to get to Autobahn A 61, on-ramp "Rheinböllen" direction "Ludwigshafen." At "Dreieck Nahetal" change to Autobahn A 60 direction Mainz. Leave Autobahn A 60 at exit "Saarstraße".

From the west (i.e. from direction Bonn / Cologne)

  • Travel Autobahn A 60 crossing "Autobahn-Dreieck Mainz" direction Darmstadt.
  • Leave Autobahn A 60 at exit "Mainz-Finthen".
  • Follow the street sign "Saarstraße / Innenstadt" straight ahead through the traffic circle "Europaplatz".
  • Take exit "Universität".

From the east (i.e. from direction Würzburg / Darmstadt)

  • Travel Autobahn A 60 crossing "Autobahn-Dreieck Rüsselsheim" OR travel Autobahn A 63 crossing "Autobahnkreuz Mainz" to get to autobahn A 60 direction Bingen.
  • Leave Autobahn A 60 at exit "Mainz-Finthen".
  • Follow the street sign "Saarstraße / Innenstadt" straight ahead through the traffic circle "Europaplatz".
  • Take exit "Universität".

From the north (i.e. from direction Kassel)

  • Follow Autobahn A 66.
  • At "Schiersteiner Kreuz" change to Autobahn A 643 direction Mainz.
  • Follow Autobahn A 643 to "Autobahn-Dreieck Mainz" and change here to Autobahn A 60 direction Darmstadt.
  • Leave Autobahn A 60 at exit "Mainz-Finthen".
  • Follow the street sign "Saarstraße / Innenstadt" straight through the traffic circle "Europaplatz".
  • Take exit "Universität".

Parking on campus is available only with special permission. Please see the campus map for parking in the nearest vicinity of the campus. Parking is also available at the near-by football stadium, which is about 200 meters from the University’s main entrance.

The City of Mainz has one main and multiple other train stations. Schedule information is provided by Deutsche Bahn. Mainz Main Sation is the most convenient one to get to the University by taxi or by bus / tram.

A short bus ride brings you from the Main Station to University. After leaving the train, follow sign "Exit City".

Take tram line 51 (platform A) or 53 (platform L) (direction: Mainz-Lerchenberg) to Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer-Weg (5 min.). Alternatively take bus lines 54 / 55 / 75 / 650 to Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer-Weg (5 min).

To Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer-Weg you will only need a “Kurzstrecke”-ticket (up to three stops) to be purchased from the driver.

For longer stays: Seven-Day Tickets (Wochenkarten) are available at MVG ticket machines or MVG ticket shop opposite Mainz main station. This ticket is valid on 7 consecutive days for Mainz and Wiesbaden.
For details visit:

In general you can buy the bus ticket directly from the bus driver or use an automatic ticket machine. Information on public transport within and around Mainz is provided by Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund.

Prepare Your Visit

Kindly be informed that all participants are responsible for their Visa themselves. For information on visa regulations, please visit the Federal Foreign Office Website or contact the German embassy in your country.

If you need any official letters, confirmations etc. in order to apply for your visa, please do not hesitate to contact the MITP Guest Relation Team.

MITP will organize and assume the costs for local housing in Mainz for accepted participants. Housing will be conveniently located in Mainz near the campus so that participants can easily commute via public transportation.

If you have any special needs like travelling with family or in case you will stay in Mainz only during the week and plan to spend the weekend somewhere else, please inform the MITP Guest Relation Team in advance.

MITP Guest Relations
Staudingerweg 9 / 2nd floor north wing
55128 Mainz

Guest Relations Office: 02-531

On your first day at MITP, please check in at the MITP Guest Relations office to obtain the keys to your office.

During Your Visit

Certificate of Attendance will be issued on request. Please refer to the MITP Guest Relation Team.

If you plan to be away from the MITP for more than 24 hours, please notify one of the staff members of your intended absence. Absences from the MITP will affect your housing, so it is very important that you discuss any absences with the MITP Guest Relations Team.

Please connect to the Wi-Fi called Uni-Mainz. It is available all over the campus:

SSID: Uni-Mainz
Security: WPA2 Enterprise
Authentication: PEAP
Inner authentication: MSCHAPv2

The username and password will be provided to you.

If your institution is participating in eduroam, you can connect to the eduroam wireless network using your institutions login credentials. Please note: Our printer cannot be used within the eduroam network.

There is a printer available for you in the MITP Printing Room (02-613). When using macOS or Linux it is necessary to download and install the printer driver first.

Model: Kyocera TASKalfa 3501i
Type: B/W printer
DNS address:
IP address:
Device-URI: lpd://
Driver: Kyocera Download Center: TASKalfa 3501i

Central Library

Jakob-Welder-Weg 6
55128 Mainz
+49 6131 39-22633

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 12 midnight
Sat - Sun: 10 am - 12 midnight
The library will be closed on all public holidays

Departmental Library for Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry (PMC)

Duesbergweg 10-14
55128 Mainz
+49 6131 39-20454

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 10 pm
Sat - Sun: 10 am - 10 pm

International country code Germany: +49

Mainz area code: 06131 (without "0" when calling from outside Germany)

The MITP guest offices are equipped with telephones. For calls inside the University you only need the 5-digits extension. A list of all office phone numbers will be provided. For phone calls outside the campus please dial "0" to obtain an exterior line.

You will need the "Studicard" to pay for lunch in the University Mensa. The card is available at the Studierendenwerk office which is located next to the stationary shop on the upper floor of the Mensa.

It can also be used for payments in the Cafeterias on campus. You can charge the card with an amount of up to 200 EUR at any of the payment stations located throughout the campus.
Cash payment is possible only at the Mens@ria Cafeteria on the upper floor of the Mensa.

A basic first aid kit (orange box) is located opposite the black entrance wall towards the east wing corridor.

Sparkasse Mainz (Albert-Schweitzer-Straße / Saarstraße) and Mainzer Volksbank (Staudingerweg) have ATMs on campus.

You can find a list of various banks in Mainz online on the Website of Gelbe Seiten.

Please return your office keys to the MITP Guest Relations office.


1 - Mensa and Mens@ria
2 - K3-Mensa (FH-Campus)
3 - Cafeteria Philosophicum
4 - Cafeteria ReWi
5 - Mensa Georg-Forster-Gebäude
6 - Baron
7 - unikat.
8 - Kulturcafé
9 - Imbiss Diwan
10 - DeDe's Campus-Döner
11 - MPIP-Cafeteria
12 - khg cafeteria, bistro & World Shop

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1 - Mensa and Mens@ria

Staudingerweg 15

Mon - Thu: 8 am - 7 pm
Fri: 8 am - 6 pm

Mon: - Fri: 11:30 am - 2:20 pm
Sat: 11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Please note: In the MENSA, you can pay only with the University cash card "Studicard" which is available at the Studierendenwerk office which is located next to the stationary shop on the upper floor of the Mensa.

2 - K3-Mensa (FH-Campus)

Lucy-Hillebrand-Straße 2
Mon - Fri: 11.30 am - 2 pm

3 - Cafeteria Philosophicum

Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
Mon - Thu: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Fri: 9 am - 1 pm

4 - Cafeteria ReWi

Jakob-Welder-Weg 9
Mon - Thu: 8:30 am - 7 pm
Fri: 8:30 am - 6 pm

5 - Mensa Georg-Forster-Gebäude

Jakob-Welder-Weg 12
Mon-Thu: 10 am - 8 pm
Fri: 10 am - 7 pm

6 - Baron

Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 3
Mon - Sat: 9 am - open end

7 - unikat.

Werners Bakery
Kolonaden, Entrance Forum
Mon - Fri: 7 am - 7 pm
Sat: 7 am - 2 pm

8 - Kulturcafé

Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5
Mon - Fri: 9 am - 6 pm
food only from: 11 am - 2 pm

9 - Imbiss Diwan

Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 23a
Mon - Fri: 11:30 am - 8 pm
Sat: 11:30 am - 3 pm

10 - DeDe's Campus-Döner

Staudingerweg 21
Mon - Fri: 7.30 am - 9 pm
Sat: 9 am - 3 pm

11 - MPIP-Cafeteria

Ackermannweg 10
Mon - Thu: 8 am - 4 pm
Fri: 8 am - 3 pm

12 - khg cafeteria, bistro & World Shop

Catholic Community of St. Albertus
Saarstraße 20
Mon - Fri: 11:30 am - 2 pm



Getting around in Mainz

There are a variety of car rentals in Mainz or Frankfurt Airport.

  • Wochenkarte (Seven-Day Ticket): This ticket is valid on 7 consecutive days for Mainz and Wiesbaden. It is only available at the MVG office near the main station (Bahnhofsplatz 6a) or at the ticket machines.
  • Tageskarte (Day Ticket): Perfect for day trips. Hop on and off as often as you like. Valid until 4 am of the following day. Ticket available at ticket machines or from the driver.

For schedules and more information see: Website of Mainzer Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG)

MVG meinRad is an offer to rent bicycles at several stations in Mainz using the meinRad app (available for iOS and Android). Flyers in English are available at the Guest Office.


Good to Know in Mainz

The Eco-Express Laundromats are located downtown at:

  • Parcusstraße 12, 55116 Mainz
  • Boppstraße 36, 55118 Mainz
  • Rheinstraße 5, 55116 Mainz

More information: Website of Eco-Express

Close to Johannes Gutenberg University, you can find the following supermarkets:

REWE Supermarket
Dijonstraße 97
55122 Mainz

Dr. Martin-Luther-King-Weg 20
55122 Mainz

  • EDEKA supermarket
  • ALDI Supermarket
  • A couple of small shops
  • Post office in one of the shops

Gutenberg Center
Haifa-Allee 1
55128 Mainz

  • REAL supermarket
  • Mediamarkt
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentist
  • Variety of small shops
  • For a list of all stores and a plan of the center see: Website of Gutenberg Center

How to get to the Gutenberg Center?

Take a bus (for a map of bus lines see Website of MVG)
Lines 68 or 650 from the following stops: Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer-Weg, Koblenzer Straße / HDI Gerling, or Ackermannweg / FH (direction Klein-Winternheim).
Lines 6, 6A, or 90 from the stops Universität, Botanischer Garten or Backhaushohl (direction Mainz-Marienborn, Mainz-Bretzenheim, or Lerchenberg / Menzelstraße)
Get off at Gutenberg Center.

Various supermarkets are also located in and around the main station.

Furthermore, gas stations usually offer a small variety of food, so you can shop there on Sundays and weekdays after the closing time of the supermarkets.

Pharmacies (in German: "Apotheken") are marked by the following sign:

There are plenty of pharmacies in Mainz. Probably most convenient for you are the following:

Bahnhof Apotheke (inside the main station)
Bahnhofplatz 1, 55116 Mainz, +49 6131 9720950

Rhein Apotheke (on the square outside the main station)
Bahnhofplatz 2, 55116 Mainz, +49 6131 231303

Dijon Apotheke (close to the REWE Supermarket - see "Supermarkets")
Dijonstraße 26, 55122 Mainz-Münchfeld, +49 6131 31408, Website

Center Apotheke (inside Gutenberg-Center - see "Supermarkets")

Emergency service of pharmacies in Mainz after opening hours:
Find an open pharmacy via internet: Website of ABDA
(enter "Mainz" in the box labelled "PLZ / Ort", press search button "suchen").
Or call the following hotline: +49 800 0022833

Ambulance: 112
Fire department: 112
Police: 110

Police headquarters Mainz
Valenciaplatz 2
55118 Mainz
+49 6131 65-0

For medical assistance you can consult any resident doctor during his or her consultation-hour.

Ärztliche Bereitschaftspraxis (on-duty medical unit)
An der Goldgrube 11
55131 Mainz
+49 6131 1617
Behind Vinzenzkrankenhaus, they start work on Friday afternoon around 3 pm and are responsible during the weekend. They do speak English and they can make prescriptions.

Dental emergency services
Call any resident dentist or +49 1805 666160 for emergencies after hours.

University Medical Center
Langenbeckstraße 1
55131 Mainz
General office: +49 6131 17-0
Poison control center: +49 6131 19240

St. Vincenz and Elisabeth Hospital
An der Goldgrube 11
55131 Mainz
General office: +49 6131 575-0

For information on tourism in and around Mainz, please visit the website of the tourist service center:

Website of mainzplus CITYMARKETING