Deutsche Bahn: Where regional trains are on time

The regional trains of Deutsche Bahn are less late than long-distance traffic. The differences between the federal states are great.


While at Deutsche Bahn currently only one in four ICE trains is on time, the passengers of regional trains have to wait much less. 94.1 percent of all connections of the DB Regio had been punctual in 2018, the company told ZEIT ONLINE. This was 0.4 percentage points less than in the previous year.

The best figures were according to the information in Hamburg. 97.7 percent of all regional trains arrived on time in the Hanseatic city on time, that is, according to the definition of the railway: less than six minutes too late. In second place was Berlin with 97.3 percent, followed by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with 96.6 percent. The worst, however, was Bremen. There, according to the railway, only 86 percent of regional trains were on time. The penultimate was Schleswig-Holstein with 89.8 percent - for Hamburg commuters, the good values ​​of the Hanseatic city are only half the truth.

Suburban traffic distorts the values

However, Berlin and Hamburg also fare so well because the S-Bahn is included. Although it is considered as late from four or three minutes delay, but relieved by their short distances and many trips the statistics. Punctuation would be about 89 percent in Hamburg, for example, without an S-Bahn, as evidenced by a response by the Federal Ministry of Transport to a request from the Greens in the Bundestag (PDF, page 14).

Suburban trains and regional trains are ordered and subsidized by the transport associations on behalf of the federal states. In case of delays, countries can cut their payments. About two-thirds of the supply goes to the state-owned company Deutsche Bahn. According to the figures she raises about her daughter DB Netz herself, in recent years she has always been slightly more punctual than the competition. In long-distance traffic last year, the railway had significant problems to bring their trains on time to its destination. Every fourth ICE, Intercity or Eurocity came too late in 2018.

The punctuality of regional trains in the overview

  • Hamburg: 97.7 percent
  • Berlin: 97.3 percent
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 96.6 percent
  • Thuringia: 95.9 percent
  • Saxony: 95.5 percent
  • Brandenburg: 95.3 percent
  • Saarland: 95.3 percent
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 94.6 percent
  • Bavaria: 93.7 percent
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 92.7 percent
  • Baden-Württemberg: 92.7 percent
  • Lower Saxony: 92.4 percent
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 91.3 percent
  • Hesse: 90.9 percent
  • Schleswig-Holstein: 89.9 percent
  • Bremen: 86.0 percent
REF: https://www.zeit.de/mobilitaet/2019-04/deutsche-bahn-ice-regionalzuege-puenktlichkeit