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|Population:||197,529 (31 Oct 2007)|
|Major roads:||A60, A63, A643|
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Mainz is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is well known in Germany for its famous carnival.
South (Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Metz) A63
If you want to go in the direction of Kaiserslautern (or farther south) a good place to start is the "Pariser Tor" on the "Pariser Straße". The speed limit there is 50 km/h and the cars will have enough place to to stop. Next petrol stain direction of Saarbrücken is "Homburg" on A6, ~20km after Kaiserslautern.
Direction Darmstadt, Mannheim, Heidelberg onto A60 to A67 & A5
Take the tram 50, 51, 52 from "Mainz Hauptbahnhof" to "Pariser Tor" or "Mainz-Hechtsheim, Kurmainz Kaserne". According to the hitchwiki-map there should be a spot at "Pariser Tor". If you get out at "Kurmainz Kaserne" you can already see the motorway. Walk about 5 minutes along the main street. Directly before the drive-up there is a traffic light and a traffic island where you can stand and ask drivers to bring you to the A67 (close to Darmstadt there is a service station). To get on this traffic island you have to cross four lanes.
Frixge was there on Sunday afternoon and there was nearly no traffic. During the week it might be hard and dangerous to cross.
Take bus 28 or 67 to am Fort Biehler. There is a petrol station on the national road, not to far from the motorway.
Direction Frankfurt A66
Take the bus 6a to the stop called Freizeitbad in Wiesbaden. From there, walk back towards the overpass, going under it and following the "motorway" (It's more just a big road) staying to the right. You will see a sign showing the entrance ramp towards Frankfurt as being at the 2nd light. Walk another 15 or 20 minutes and there you are. There is a good place for cars to pull over. I got a ride to Frankfurt from the first car that passed!(August 7th 2009)
West (Bingen, Koblenz, Bad Kreuznach, Hahn Airport) A60 A61
Option 1 The bus station Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer-Weg (right at the university) is a good hitchhiking spot on the motorway feeder. Take one of the bus lines 54, 55, 58, 68, 69 to get here. A sign might be very helpful, as cars are going fast here.
On the A60, there is a service area only 10 km away, just before the motorway branches. It's not very busy, but still good for getting long lifts.
Option 2 You could also try to get a lift at the "Pariser Tor" as some cars will go on the A60 from there.
Option 3 towards Köln(A3) try hitchhiking from Kastel, Boelckestraße out. There is a bus stop Otto-Suhr-Ring, and a big Metro-Supermarket (wich might be good for dumpster diving). Next petrol station on A3 should be Medenbach Ost (~20km).
Direction Köln(A3), Karlsruhe(A5)
You can take the train to Frankfurt Airport (ticket should be around 4.50€). Next to the regional train station there are machines where drivers pay for their parking so you can ask them for a lift. Should be easy in direction Köln or Karlsruhe, but harder North along A5 or south along A3. You can read more about the airport here.
Since most motorways go around Mainz you might have problems finding a driver going into the city. It might be easier to go to a nearby city like Wiesbaden, Frankfurt or Darmstadt and take the regional train from there. A train from Frankfurt should be around 5€. If you come from A3 you can consider getting out at Frankfurt Airport for the train. From Koblenz along A60 you could get out after junction 16 at the resting area, there is a train in Heidesheim.
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