New timetable of the Deutsche Bahn: ICE 4 travels more frequently to Switzerland


Along the Upper Rhine and in Switzerland, Deutsche Bahn customers will be able to use the new one more often in the future ICE 4 use. In the new timetable, which is valid from mid-December, the new trains are initially for use on the track Hamburg-Frankfurt-Karlsruhe-Basel-Zurich-Chur provided, as the corporation announced.

So far, the ICE 4 according to a speaker between Berlin and Munich, Hamburg and Stuttgart such as Hamburg and Munich used. From June next year, the new ICE will also be on the link between Berlin and Interlaken used, it was said.

The ICE-4 trains have more seats and bicycle compartments. Overall, the Bahn has ordered 137. “At the moment, a brand new ICE 4 comes on the rails every three weeks.”

The new timetable also sees one dense long-distance traffic on major ICE lines in front.

  • Between Berlin and Munich and Berlin and Frankfurt should be offered “for a gapless hourly clock” additional trips.
  • On the route Hamburg-Rhine / Ruhr should further Sprinter and amplifier trains are used. The offer between the two federal states should increase by 15 percent.

Already known was the establishment of a new intercity line between Dresden, Berlin and Rostock. From mid-December onwards ten daily services will be offered on this connection, starting in March every two hours. This gives six places along the route again a regular long-distance access.

Customers can view the new timetable from 15 October and also book trips. With the “Strong Rail” concept, which is also the focus of the timetable, the railway wants to be more punctual and to expand capacities. For this billions are to be invested.

Since the beginning of the year came, according to the railway at the end of September 76.5 percent of all long-distance trains on time. With that, the railroad scored 1.6 percentage points better than last year and achieves the value it has set itself – although, according to the survey, almost one in four long-distance trains still arrive late.


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