Timetable improvements following Flooding valid as of now for journeys to and from Berlin and Wolfsburg
Additional connections and shorter journey times – new timetable data is now available in the information and booking systems
Due to the continued suspension of express services on the Berlin-Hannover section following the flooding, Deutsche Bahn has issued an improved timetable for the affected ICE and IC services. Despite there still being some diversions which remain necessary until further notice, rail customers can now reliably plan their long-distance journeys to and from Berlin. DB’s information and booking systems have been updated accordingly.
The new timetable also enables all long-distance station stops to which services were suspended to be reconnected to the network. Passengers are now able to travel between Berlin and Wolfsburg every two hours using direct long-distance ICE services connections. DB has also been able to considerably reduce the actual journey time on the ICE line from Berlin – Frankfurt (Main) – Karlsruhe – Interlaken by re-routing via Erfurt and Halle. Journey time is now increased by only 30 minutes instead of previously one hour.
Passengers must still expect increased to journey times of 60 minutes on the ICE lines from Berlin – Hannover – Cologne / Duesseldorf and from Munich – Stuttgart – Frankfurt (Main) – Braunschweig – Berlin. DB apologises for the inconvenience and is therefore extending on-board services until August. There will be additional reading materials in 1st Class on the affected services, and customers in 2nd class will also receive a free newspaper.
The freephone service number set up to provide information on the effects of the flooding on the network remains in use until further notice.
- Customers abroad can get information by calling +49 1805 334444 (charges according to country and provider).
- Information on current services can also be accessed at www.bahn.de/aktuell or at m.bahn.de.
We will be able to give more precise information on how long certain lines will continue to be inaccessible, and therefore how long the temporary timetable will continue to be in effect, in a few weeks’ time, following completion of the work which is underway to investigate the damage to the lines. It is still not possible to thoroughly inspect most of the railway embankment and the lines as the subsoil is still wet. This affects a five kilometre long section between Stendal in Saxony-Anhalt and Rathenow in Brandenburg.
Information on the current state of the infrastructure is available 24 hours :