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Prices, trains, bars: timetable change on Sunday - What changes for rail customers


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Berlin (AP) - For the timetable change this Sunday falls for railway customers in long-distance transport, the usual fare increase this year.

Tickets could even be ten percent cheaper on New Year's Day - provided the Bundestag and Bundesrat cut VAT before Christmas. "We keep our word", at least one railroad speaker assured me. In local traffic, however, the fares on this Sunday are rising by an average of 1.7 percent, and interconnection tariffs are increasing even more.

The new timetable will bring more seats or denser trip records for customers on a range of routes, as well as a new intercity route. But there are also restrictions.


The train is gradually ramping up the new long-distance route via Berlin, first with 10 trips a day, from March 16 onwards. Then double-decker trains also operate as Intercity, which has bought and repainted the train from the Austrian Westbahn.

So she wants to connect faster more cities to long-distance traffic. With Elsterwerda and Doberlug-Kirchhain the train stops in communities with less than 10,000 inhabitants. Further stops are Oranienburg, Neustrelitz and Waren (Müritz), as of May also Warnemünde and Schönefeld, where the capital airport BER is to open in October.


More trains provide hourly service on the ICE routes Berlin-Erfurt-Munich and Berlin-Braunschweig-Frankfurt / Main. Also on the connections from Hamburg to the Ruhr area and to the Rhine as well as to Munich the offer is increased, announced the course with. Made possible by the ICE4, of which the train is currently every three weeks get a new train from the manufacturers. By 2025, the ICE4 fleet is expected to grow from 39 to 137 trains.


From Sunday on, the only railway rival in long-distance traffic will also be collecting passengers in Aachen, Leipzig, Halle (Saale), Erfurt, Gotha, Eisenach and Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Between Hamburg and Cologne, the company wants to transport passengers with an express connection in three and a half hours. In the spring, the green trains will then also drive on the new route Hamburg-Stuttgart.


The ICE route will be closed from April 10 to October 31 and overhauled. Tracks and switches have to be replaced after about 30 years. This has serious consequences, because over the section every sixth customer drives in long-distance traffic - usually in about 40 minutes. Now the trains are diverted. An additional 35 to 60 minutes are expected on schedule. In addition, trips fall out, also between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart.


The intercity of the so-called Vogelfluglinie over Fehmarn and the ferry from Puttgarden is diverted for several years, because in Denmark is built on the rail network; this is related to the planned Baltic Sea tunnel between Denmark and Germany. The Intercity goes over the Danish mainland and should take about as long. There are only half as many trains - these with twice the capacity. There is also no stop in Lübeck.


The Deutsche Bahn lets some ICE and Intercity drive at night, she got out of the business with rolling sleeping arrangements in 2016. Since then, the Austrian Federal Railways have also had night trains rolling through Germany. New is the connection between Vienna and Brussels via Munich and Frankfurt on 19 January. The trains stop on the way in twelve German cities. From May ÖBB plans a direct connection from Berlin to Vienna.

Source: zeit

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