We’re doing everything possible to guarantee safe travel for our passengers.
The most important thing is up to you. Always take care by regularly washing your hands, wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distance when boarding and alighting, and following the hygiene guidelines wherever you are. This will help protect you and other travellers.

Recommended: Germany's Covid-19 tracing app

Developed on behalf of the German government, the Corona-Warn-App is now available for downloading to your smartphone. It is a quick and easy tool for identifying where community transmission is occurring, and it lets you use your phone as a warning system to keep you safe.

Further information

We have put effective safety measures in place on our trains.

  • Wearing a facemask that covers the mouth and nose is obligatory on all trains and buses, and at most stations. Please adhere to the relevant regulations in all federal states. Security staff perform random checks to ensure that people comply with mask-wearing regulations.
  • On our trains, our employees wear masks that cover the mouth and nose.
  • Currently, our employees scan tickets or perform visual checks to confirm validity. Simply present a printed ticket, or use the DB Navigator app on your smartphone to show your digital ticket.
  • Digital subscriptions give commuters in Germany a fully contactless option for buying and displaying tickets.
  • Our trains are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. Handles and surfaces around doors and at seats get extra-special treatment.
  • On many of our trains (incl. ICE/IC), hand-washing facilities in the on-board toilets now also include disinfectant. We make sure that soap and hand sanitiser dispensers are always full.

Please note: The number of DB teams performing checks on board daily long-distance services was doubled on 1 September. If a passenger repeatedly refuses to comply with mask-wearing requirements, DB staff can ban them from travelling. In the event of a conflict, the police will be requested to enforce the ban. Protecting the health of its employees and passengers is Deutsche Bahn's top priority.

  • When the relevant technology is present, we open the doors of our S-Bahn trains automatically. This way, no passenger has to press any door button.
  • Passenger announcements on trains and at platforms tell travellers to make use of all doors when boarding and alighting. This helps people to maintain maximum physical distance.

Tips when travelling:

Before your journey

  • If possible, travel at off-peak times, such as Friday evening or Sunday evening.
  • When you look at the details of a specific train connection on bahn.com and in DB Navigator, you will see an orange symbol if over half of the seats are likely to be occupied. You can then decide if you want to reserve a seat or if you want to use a different connection. More about seat availability
  • Our bahn.com website and DB Navigator app are perfect for making contactless and secure bookings. We recommend that you reserve a seat by the window. When reserving a seat as a solo traveller, you will be allocated a window seat by default. We will do our best to keep the aisle seat next to you vacant.
  • Please follow hygiene guidelines, such as recommendations about regular hand washing.
  • Please wear a face mask when on trains or buses, at stations, on platforms or at stops. Violations are punishable by travel bans and fines.
  • Please keep an appropriate distance from other travellers when on platforms. Travellers should spread out along platforms when waiting for a train.

During your journey

  • To ensure that large numbers of travellers do not crowd around individual doors, see if you can use a different door to board or exit your train.
  • When on board, please be careful and maintain as much distance as possible from other passengers.
  • The DB Navigator app provides travellers with contactless information about their journeys before and during travel.
  • If you are travelling by ICE/IC, we recommend using the Komfort Check-in option for validating your own ticket.
  • Please observe the applicable regulations and the nationwide obligation to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. Please wear it when on trains or buses, at stations, on platforms or at stops. Violations are punishable by travel bans and fines.
  • On ICE/IC trains, you can now dine at a table again in the on-board restaurant. All dishes are available as a take-away option that is either pre-packaged or available in disposable packaging. You can use contactless payment such as a debit or credit card with an NFC chip or your phone.
  • Please observe the applicable regulations and the nationwide obligation to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. To contain the virus, please wear it on the train as well. You can also buy a face mask at our on-board bistros for just EUR 1.50, subject to availability. A simple scarf (i.e. for your head or neck) will also do.