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Gloomy strike forecast for commuters – the first S-Bahn trains in Munich are rolling again


The Verdi union is calling for a nationwide warning strike on Monday. The traffic strike also has an enormous impact on Bavaria. All news in the ticker.

The Verdi union is calling for a nationwide warning strike on Monday.

The traffic strike also has an enormous impact on Bavaria.

All news in the ticker.

  • Airports, local transport, motorways: What happens when in Bavaria.

  • Warning strike started on Sunday: Munich Airport is completely closed.

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Update from March 27, 12:14 p.m

.: S-Bahn traffic in Munich is currently largely stopped due to the warning strike.

However, there is now a shuttle service between Munich Pasing and Munich Leuchtenbergring every 20 minutes.

The first S-Bahn runs from Munich East at 11:37 a.m.

The first S-Bahn from Munich Pasing runs at 12:05 p.m.

1/2 #S-BahnGesamtnetz: The S-Bahn service has largely stopped due to a strike by the EVG union.

UPDATE: between

#MünchenPasing and #MünchenLichtenbergring there is a shuttle service every 20 minutes.

Please check your connection regularly.

— S-Bahn Munich (@streckenagent_M) March 27, 2023

Update from March 27, 10:56 a.m .:

The warning strike in Germany has completely paralyzed rail passenger transport with the neighboring country of the Czech Republic.

Cross-border long-distance and regional trains only ran on the sections within the Czech Republic on Monday, according to the state railway Ceske Drahy (CD).

For example, the Eurocity trains between Prague and Berlin only operated on the section between Prague and Decin (Tetschen).

The Eurocity trains towards Munich ended in Domazlice (Taus).

The express trains between Cheb (Eger) and Nuremberg were canceled without replacement.

The national park line U28 in Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland was split in two, omitting the German section.

As a gesture of goodwill, Czech Railways allows tickets to Germany that have already been purchased to be exchanged or rebooked.

Cross-border train services are expected to resume without restrictions on Tuesday.


With posters and banners, members of the railway transport union (EVG) parade through the hall of Munich Central Station.

© Peter Kneffel/dpa +++ dpa picture radio +++

Traffic strike also noticeable in retail in Bavaria

Meanwhile, the effects of the traffic strike are also being felt in the retail sector.

Many larger houses, for example in Munich, only work with an emergency staff, said a spokesman for the Bavarian trade association.

In a few cases, shops even remained closed.

The companies are reacting to the extensive standstill of buses and trains in many cities in Bavaria due to the warning strike by the Verdi union and the EVG railway union.

Especially in big cities and there in the inner city area, significantly fewer buyers can be expected, said the spokesman.

The smaller a city is, the less likely it is that it will affect trade.

Since people in rural areas tend to use cars, the effects are likely to be less there.

“No train traffic until at least 4 p.m.”: gloomy forecast for commuters – strike chaos in Munich

Update from March 27, 10 a.m.:

Whether it’s buses, trains or planes – Bavaria’s traffic was severely affected in many places at the beginning of the new week.

Anyone who wanted to go to work had to switch to a car, bicycle or scooter - public transport was to come to a virtual standstill in many cities.

As a result of the work stoppages, significant failures and traffic jams in traffic throughout Bavaria were expected.

"It's still the calm before the storm," said a spokesman for the Lower Franconia police early in the morning.

"But it will probably start soon," he assumes.

In Munich, on the other hand, there was already traffic chaos in the morning, the streets were dense.

Google Maps predicted a driving time of 45 minutes for 14 kilometers, many roads were colored red on the map (see previous update).

The travel time for the same route has now been halved: drivers now need 21 minutes from the south of Munich to the north.

In the meantime, local transport is still standing still: "S-Bahn traffic is currently suspended due to a strike by the EVG union," can be read, for example, on the Munich S-Bahn website.

On Twitter it goes on to say: “No train traffic until at least 4 p.m.

Train traffic is also severely restricted after 4 p.m.

Please check your connection regularly.”

"Almost spooky": mega strike hits Bavaria - chaos in Munich

Update from March 27, 8 a.m.:

The traffic situation in Munich is getting worse due to the strike.

Many commuters have switched to cars and the roads are congested.

A look at Google Maps shows a lot of red and orange.

You currently need a lot of patience to drive from the south of Munich to the north: Google Maps says it takes 45 minutes to drive - for just 14 kilometers.

There are long queues of cars everywhere on the streets of Munich, including in front of schools, as parents drive their children to class due to the paralyzed public transport system.


In Munich there was heavy traffic in the morning due to the traffic jam.

© Peter Kneffel/dpa +++ dpa picture radio +++

Mega strike in Germany: No flights at Munich Airport – "Almost spooky"

Update from March 27, 7 a.m.:

Public transport in numerous cities in Bavaria came to a standstill on Monday.

"We will have very broad support," announced a Verdi spokesman early in the morning at the beginning of the shift.

There should be warning strikes in Munich, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Würzburg, Schweinfurt, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Fürth, Erlangen, Ingolstadt, Passau and Landshut.

Air travel is also affected.

"There are no passengers on the road," said a spokeswoman for Munich Airport's traffic management.

All 785 scheduled flights were canceled on Monday.

"Nothing takes off or lands.

It's almost a bit spooky." Only an ambulance plane arrived in Munich in the morning.

Nuremberg Airport is also affected.

In Memmingen, on the other hand, should be flown normally.

There was also a state of emergency on the rails.

The railway union EVG has called for nationwide warning strikes at Deutsche Bahn and its regional competitors.

In long-distance traffic, Deutsche Bahn does not have a replacement timetable.

In regional and S-Bahn traffic, too, train cancellations are to be expected for the most part, it said.

The roads are getting crowded, as you might expect, as many commuters switch to cars.

The traffic radar is already showing busy streets around Munich.

On all motorways that lead to the Mittlerer Ring, i.e.: A8, A9, A94, A96 and A995, there is already a significant backlog.

The middle ring itself was already overloaded at 6:15 a.m.

Mega strike in Bavaria today: railways, airports and local transport affected

Update from March 27, 6:10 a.m .:

The nationwide warning strike of several unions began at midnight.

The walkouts are expected to last 24 hours.

There was already a standstill at Munich Airport on Sunday.

Since local public transport is to be on strike in large parts of the Free State, the streets are expected to be full.

Deutsche Bahn will completely stop long-distance traffic on Monday.

Even in regional traffic, "mostly no trains will run," the group said.

According to the announcement, the Länderbahn, which includes Alex, Oberpfalzbahn and Waldbahn in Bavaria, expected “almost complete standstill”.

Mega strike in Bavaria: trains, airports and local transport affected

  • Train

    : The railway and transport union (EVG) strikes the long-distance, regional and S-Bahn traffic.

    Long-distance traffic will be completely discontinued, regional traffic for the most part.

    According to Bahn, emergency timetables are not possible.

    The effects should have been felt since Sunday evening and will continue until Tuesday.

    According to Bahn, passengers who have booked a train journey for Monday or Tuesday can use the ticket flexibly until April 4th.

    Seat reservations could be canceled free of charge.

  • Airports:

    Verdi is also largely on strike at German airports.

    According to the airport association ADV, 380,000 business and private travelers have to stay on the ground.

    The capital's airport BER should not be affected.

    In Munich, on the other hand, there is a strike.

    According to the aviation industry, this will also make preparations for Easter travel more difficult.

  • Local transport:

    Local transport is to be struck again in all federal states that are directly linked to the collective agreement for the public sector.

    These are Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony.

    There should also be a strike in Bavaria, where a collective agreement for local transport is being negotiated.

    From several countries it was said that students should stay at home if they cannot come to school because of the warning strike.

EVG and Verdi wanted to increase the pressure in their collective bargaining rounds.

In Potsdam today, Monday, Verdi and the civil servants' association dbb meet the municipalities and the federal government.

The third round of negotiations for 2.5 million employees begins.

Both sides are still far from each other, but an agreement in the days that follow cannot be ruled out.

What is special about this day of the strike is the interweaving of various collective bargaining agreements.

At the EVG, there are further talks with the various railway companies from the middle of the week.

Negotiations with Deutsche Bahn should only continue after Easter.

According to Verdi, the round for public service at the airports is affected because of the municipal employees, but also local negotiations for ground handling services and nationwide talks for aviation security.

The coordinated approach met with severe criticism from employers - the strikes for the population were no longer recognizable as a pure warning strike.


The warning strike started at midnight.

© Peter Kneffel/dpa +++ dpa picture radio +++

Mega strike in Bavaria: airport, public transport, highway - what it hits and when

First report from March 26th:

Munich – The nationwide traffic strike announced for Monday will have far-reaching effects for Bavaria.

The Verdi union in Free State is calling on local transport, airport and motorway workers to stop work all day, as it announced on Thursday (March 23).

Rail traffic is also affected, with the railway and transport union (EVG) calling for nationwide warning strikes.

Mega strike in Bavaria: which cities it hits when

Specifically, the warning strikes are to affect Munich and Nuremberg airports, as well as local transport companies in Nuremberg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Würzburg, Schweinfurt, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Fürth, Erlangen, Ingolstadt, Passau and Landshut.

There is also said to be a standstill in public transport in the state capital, but MVG is planning emergency plans for buses, trams and subways.

Other warning strike targets are the Autobahnmeisterei Fischbach, Kempten and Niederbayern, the Autobahn GmbH des Bundes in Rosenheim, Munich and Niederbayern as well as the waterway and shipping authority in Oberpfalz and Niederbayern.


Local transport in Munich will also be impaired due to the strike.

© IMAGO/Wolfgang Maria Weber

The warning strike at Munich Airport began on Sunday.

150 flight connections are affected, 200,000 passengers cannot start their journey due to the two-day strike.

Strike in Bavaria: Bahn expects full trains on Sunday

As reported by Deutsche Bahn (DB), there should already be disabilities on Sunday due to the warning strike.

A "significantly increased number of passengers and a high utilization of the trains, especially in long-distance traffic."

Train passengers are also asked to reach their intended destination as early as possible on Sunday, as there may already be disruptions to rail traffic in the evening.

On Monday, the railway wants to stop long-distance traffic completely, and regional and S-Bahn traffic should then be largely canceled.

Because of the mega strike on Monday: Bavaria lifts truck driving ban on Sunday

According to the Ministry of the Interior, Bavaria does not carry out checks on the Sunday driving ban for trucks. This means that goods transport can be brought forward if necessary.

With the measure, the Free State joins an appeal by the federal government, said a spokeswoman.

Hesse, Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt and Saarland also announced that they would not check the truck driving ban on Sunday or would even lift it. 


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