With the timetable change this weekend, Deutsche Bahn also wants to improve its long-distance services for passengers in Lower Saxony and Bremen. The group promises more direct connections from the north to the south and on some routes more frequent frequencies and new trains. For example, the two-hourly ICE connection Basel-Cologne to Hamburg is to be extended with intermediate stops, replacing an existing IC connection. As a result, travelers from Osnabrück and Bremen, for example, should be able to travel to Frankfurt Airport or Karlsruhe, Freiburg and Basel more often without having to change trains. New ICE 4 trains with more than 900 seats are also to be used on the connection. However, train travel will also be more expensive from December 11th.
In addition, eight Sprinter or booster trains are to run between Hamburg and Cologne in the future, some of which also stop in Osnabrück and Bremen. The connections coming from Berlin in the late evening will also be increased, the railway said. The ICE at 8:46 p.m. from Berlin will in future run daily instead of just on Sundays to Oldenburg via Wolfsburg, Hanover, Nienburg and Bremen.
After a section of the route was closed for more than three weeks, train traffic between Berlin and Hanover has been running according to plan since Sunday morning, according to Deutsche Bahn. On November 17, a freight train ran into another freight train near Leiferde. The salvage and repair work took a long time because explosive propane gas first had to be pumped out of overturned tank wagons.
When the timetable changes, travelers should also benefit from more frequent direct connections to North and East Frisia: From Cologne, for example, an early IC will run daily all year round via Osnabrück, Bremen and Hamburg to North Frisia and Westerland on Sylt - instead of only seasonally. With a later Cologne-Westerland connection, however, the stops in Osnabrück and Bremen are to be omitted in the future.
In the future, there will only be one daily connection for travelers from Bremen and Osnabrück to the Baltic Sea coast in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania without changing via Hamburg to Rostock, Stralsund and Binz on the island of Rügen. According to the new timetable, an additional IC train pair runs between Cologne and Norddeich-Mole in East Friesland on Sundays between the beginning of April and the end of October.
The ICE connections from Hamburg via Lüneburg, Celle, Hanover and Göttingen to Landeck in Tyrol, which run on Saturdays in winter, will in future continue to the St. Anton am Arlberg ski area.
In addition, long-distance train travel will be more expensive this weekend. Deutsche Bahn is increasing long-distance transport prices by an average of five percent. The so-called flex tickets then even cost almost seven percent more. The saver and super saver prices, however, remain unchanged, of which a certain quota is always available from 21.90 euros or 17.90 euros per trip.
In local transport, the prices of the Lower Saxony tariff are increasing. The Lower Saxony ticket will cost 25 euros for one person instead of the previous 24 euros. The first passenger on the ticket then pays six instead of the previous five euros, the price for other passengers remains five euros. The ticket price for taking a bicycle with you increases from 5 euros to 5.50 euros.
The Nordwestbahn announced "many innovations and improvements" for the passengers of the Regio-S-Bahn Bremen/Niedersachsen. The private railway company named the new RS 30 express line between Bremen and Bad Zwischenahn, the new RS 6 line between Verden and Rotenburg and the RS 3 line extended to Wilhelmshaven to disposal. The line network of the Regio-S-Bahn increases with the timetable change from 270 to around 342 kilometers. With a higher frequency and more connections, the number of train kilometers will increase from 5.1 million to 6.1 million in the coming year.
Notification from Deutsche Bahn about the timetable change