Timetable change on sunday – what will change for rail customers

Timetable change on Sunday - what will change for rail customers

This sunday’s timetable change means no fare increase for long-distance rail customers as usual this year. Tickets could even be ten percent cheaper on new year’s day – provided the bundestag and bundesrat lower the value-added tax before christmas.

"We keep our word," at least a railroad spokesman assured them. In any case, however, the railroad lowers the 1. January the super-savings price, which then starts at 17.90 euros, two euros less. On local transport, however, fares will rise by an average of 1.7 percent this sunday, with some fares for public transport going up even more.

140 railroad employees have worked on the new timetable over the past few months, said its boss frank hoffmann. "Of course we will look especially on sunday, how the new schedule will start."Passengers will have more seats or more frequent service on a number of routes, and a new intercity route is also on the cards. But there are also restrictions.


The railroad is gradually ramping up the new long-distance route via berlin, first with 10 trips a day, from march with 16. Then double-decker trains will also be running as intercity trains, which the railroad has bought from the austrian westbahn and repainted.

This is how it wants to connect more cities to long-distance traffic more quickly. With elsterwerda and doberlug-kirchhain, the train stops in communities with less than 10.000 inhabitants. Other stations are oranienburg, neustrelitz and waren (muritz), from may also warnemunde and schonefeld, where the capital’s airport BER is scheduled to open in october.

MORE ICE trains

More trains ensure hourly service on the berlin-erfurt-munich and berlin-braunschweig-frankfurt/main ICE routes. The railroad also announced that services from hamburg to the ruhr region and the rhine, as well as to munich, will be increased. This is made possible by the ICE4, of which the railroad currently receives a new train from the manufacturer every three weeks. By 2025, the ICE4 fleet is to grow from 39 to 137.


From sunday on, the only competitor in long-distance rail transport also wants to collect passengers in aachen, leipzig, halle (saale), erfurt, gotha, eisenach and lutherstadt wittenberg. The company wants to offer passengers an express connection between hamburg and colonia in three and a half hours. In spring, the green trains will also run on the new hamburg-stuttgart line.


The ICE line will be closed from 10. April to 31. October closed and overhauled. Tracks and switches need to be replaced after about 30 years. This has serious consequences, because every sixth long-distance customer travels over this section – usually in about 40 minutes. Now the trains are being rerouted. 35 to 60 additional minutes are to be expected in line with the timetable. In addition, services will be cancelled, also between karlsruhe and stuttgart.


The intercity service on the so-called "vogelfluglinie" via fehmarn and the service from puttgarden will be rerouted for several years due to construction work on the rail network in denmark; this is connected with the planned baltic sea tunnel between denmark and germany. Only half as many trains will run – but these will have twice the capacity. Moreover, there is no stop in lubeck. The railjet connection berlin-dresden-prague-vienna-graz will be new in may. From the summer, the berlin-warsaw eurocity will be half an hour faster.

Night trains

Deutsche bahn will run some ICE and intercity trains at night, now also between berlin and zurich as well as hamburg and zurich. However, it got out of the business with rolling sleeping accommodations in 2016. Since then, the austrian federal railroads have also been running night trains through germany. New is from 19. January to the nightjet connection vienna-brussel via munich and frankfurt. The trains stop in twelve german cities along the way. From may, obb plans another direct connection between berlin and vienna.

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