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More connections and more expensive tickets: This is changing at Deutsche Bahn with the timetable change

2023-12-10T12:07:32.172Z

Highlights: Deutsche Bahn is changing its timetable at the end of 2023. There are more new train connections "than there have been in 20 years" Tickets for the new connections have been available for purchase since 11 October. However, nothing will change for saver and super saver fares on the railways as well as the Bahncard 50. An electronic interlocking between Frankfurt and Mannheim is expected to start in July next year. The number of ICE Sprinters between Munich and Berlin will be doubled.



Status: 10.12.2023, 12:55 p.m.

By: Karolin Schäfer

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As soon as the GDL warning strike is over, there are further innovations at Deutsche Bahn. There are more new train connections "than there have been in 20 years".

Frankfurt – Deutsche Bahn (DB) is changing its timetable at the end of 2023. This not only means new train connections, but also higher ticket prices and more construction sites. Travellers must therefore be prepared for some innovations.

Change at Deutsche Bahn: When does the new timetable apply?

The new annual timetable will apply from 10 December, according to information from Deutsche Bahn. Tickets for the new train connections have been available for purchase since 11 October. The new timetable comes "with more new connections than at any time in 20 years," DB emphasized.

From the second Sunday of Advent, train passengers will be able to get from Berlin to Bavaria more easily. According to the information, the number of ICE Sprinters between Munich and Berlin will be doubled. In addition, three existing Sprinters will drive faster per day and in each direction in the future. Travelers should be from Berlin to Munich within 3 hours and 45 minutes.

There are also changes in the timetable between Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The ICE line Berlin-Wuppertal-Cologne/Bonn will run every two hours and the train will no longer be shared in Hamm. This should reduce the travel time by ten minutes. Long-distance trains via Dortmund and Düsseldorf will then be able to run at double capacity every two hours. Additional connections and longer trains from Berlin to Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia will increase the number of seats available here by up to 25 percent.

Timetable change at Deutsche Bahn: The most important changes at a glance

At the same time, Deutsche Bahn wants to expand the range of night connections. From December, a night train will run three times a week between Berlin and Brussels and Paris. From autumn 2024, trains will then run daily on these routes.

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In addition, two additional Intercity trains will be operated from Hamburg to Copenhagen in the future. There will then be up to eight connections per day and direction. The new timetable will also improve the accessibility of the coasts. From March 2024, for example, a daily IC train is planned from Stuttgart or Frankfurt am Main via Hanover to North Frisia and to Westerland/Sylt and back.

The changes to the timetable change in long-distance services of Deutsche Bahn:

  • More and shorter connections to Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Second ICE connection from Berlin to Vienna without changing trains
  • Half-hourly service between Hanover and Berlin
  • Five IC connections between Nuremberg, Jena and Leipzig daily
  • Rudolstadt and Ludwigsstadt connected to long-distance traffic
  • New direct connection between Magdeburg and Hamburg
  • Second direct connection between Magdeburg, Schwerin and Rostock
  • 30 minutes time savings between Berlin and Amsterdam via Hanover and Osnabrück
  • Direct connection on Saturdays between Stuttgart and Norddeich-Mole one and a half to two hours faster

Deutsche Bahn changes timetable: Passengers must expect higher prices and roadworks

With the timetable change, however, passengers will also face higher prices. For so-called flex tickets, an average of 4.9 percent more will then be due. In addition, the price of the Bahncard 25 will be increased by three euros. It then costs 62.90 euros per year. However, nothing will change for saver and super saver fares on the railways as well as the Bahncard 50.

An employee of the station management transports the new timetables at the main station in Frankfurt am Main. © Andreas Arnold/dpa

However, there are also numerous construction sites waiting for travelers in the new year. Probably the largest will start in July between Frankfurt and Mannheim and is expected to last six months. An electronic interlocking is being built in the greater Cologne area, which is why there will also be diversions and closures here. The Rauheberg Tunnel between Göttingen and Kassel is also being renovated and will be closed until the end of February 2024. The journey time of long-distance trains is extended by 30 minutes.

Most recently, the railway union warned that without billions in investments, total collapse is imminent. Although the German government wants to stick to the Deutschlandticket, there is still no agreement on financing. (kas/dpa)

Source: merkur

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