Germany - General Information - Other Railways

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For other General Information please see separate document.

Introduction

All regional and local passenger train services are now put out to tender by the Land (region) of operation, sometimes with assistance from the Kreis (district) in the case of very local services. Many services are still operated by DB Regio, or one of its subsidiaries, but a large proportion are now operated by companies independent of DB. These can be owned by a Land, for example Hessische Landesbahn (HLB). Some are owned by foreign state railways, e.g. Eurobahn, which is a brand name of Keolis, a subsidiary of SNCF, or Netinera, a subsidiary of the Italian state operator FS, which has shares in several local operators such as Metronom and Vogtlandbahn. Some of the independent operators are completely private companies, for example the British firms National Express and Go-Ahead.

Listed here are all franchised or tendered operators of train services in Germany, irrespective of the owner of the track over which they operate. "Museum" services are included if they run services over a line which could be considered as part of the national rail network.

There are also many infrastructure owners who own local freight lines; some of them also run their own freight trains. These are not listed here.

Ticketing

Most 'non-state' railway companies accept all DB tickets, including the Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket, its weekday equivalent, the Quer-Durchs-Land Ticket, and Länder-Tickets (regional rovers); however there are exceptions - for example Hanseatische Eisenbahn accepts DB tickets on its services from Pritzwalk, but not on the Neustrelitz - Mirow or Waren - Malchow lines.

Purely "museum" operators do not accept DB tickets, but certain quasi-museum seasonal services do.

Exceptions to the general acceptance of tickets are noted against the companies concerned.

List of Other Railways

Note: Revisions to this page are ongoing. Some out-of-date and much incomplete material may remain for the time being.

Passenger Railways

  • Abellio Rail NRW GmbH [ABR]:
  • Agilis Eisenbahngessellschaft/Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH & co KG [AG/AS]:
  • AKN Eisenbahn AG [AKN]: 132 Neumünster - Heide (Holst), 133 Heide (Holst) - Büsum, 137 Neumünster Süd - Neumünster, 137 Hamburg-Eidelstedt - Ulzburg - Neumünster Süd, 138 Norderstedt Mitte - Ulzburg Süd, 139 Elmshorn - Barmstedt - Ulzburg, 142 Bad Oldesloe - Bad Segeberg - Neumünster (jointly with Hamburger Hochbahn AG)
  • Albtal-Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH [AVG]: 701 Karlsruhe - Bruchsal, 702 Karlsruhe - Baden-Baden - Bühl (Baden), 710.1 Bad Herrenalb and Ittersbach Rathaus - Karlsruhe - Hochstetten and Kernforschungszentrum, 710.3 Bruchsal - Odenheim and Menzingen (Baden), 710.4 Karlsruhe - Eppingen - Heilbronn, 710.5 Wörth (Rhein) - Karlsruhe-Rheinbrücke - Karlsruhe - Grötzingen - Pforzheim, 710.9 Bruchsal - Mühlacker, 716 Rastatt - Forbach-Gausbach 770 Pforzheim - Bietigheim-Bissingen, 772 Maulbronn West - Maulbronn Stadt, 775 Pforzheim - Bad Wildbad , Ettlingen West - Ettlingen Stadt. (Also operates over the tram systems in Karlsruhe and Wörth)
  • Arriva Nederland [ArN]: 397 [Groningen -] Nieuweschans - Weener [- Ihrhove - Leer] (service suspended Weener - Ihrhove [- Leer] until c.2020 while the bridge over the River Ems is rebuilt)
  • Bayerische Oberlandbahn GmbH [BOB]: 955/6/7 München Hbf - Holzkirchen - Bayrischzell (955), - Lenggries (956), - Tegernsee (957)
  • Bayerische Regiobahn GmbH [BRB]:
  • Berchtesgadener Land Bahn GmbH [BLB]: 954 Freilassing - Berchtesgaden Hbf
  • Bodensee Oberschwaben Bahn GmbH [BOB]: 751 Friedrichshafen Hafen - Aulendorf
  • Breisgau S-Bahn GmbH [BSB]: 726 Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf - Elzach
  • cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH [CAN]:
  • City-Bahn Chemnitz GmbH [CB]: 522 Chemnitz Hbf - Chemnitz Süd - Stollberg (Sachs)
  • Die Länderbahn GmbH [DLB]: 236 ]Liberec -] Zittau - Varnsdorf - Seifhennersdorf/[Rybniste] (branded as Trilex), 539 Meltheuer - Plauen - Herlasgrün/Zwickau - Falkenstein (Vogtl.) - Zwotental [- Kraslice] (branded as Vogtlandbahn), 876 Cham - Waldmünchen, 877 Cham - Lam (branded as Oberpfalzbahn), 905 Plattling - Bayerisch Eisenstein [- Plžen hl.n.], 906 Zwiesel - Grafenau, 907 Zwiesel - Bodenmais, 908 Gotteszell- Viechtach (branded as Waldbahn) 970 München - Kempten - Oberstdorf/Lindau (branded as Alex)
  • Eisenbahn und Verkehrsbetrieb Elbe-Weser GmbH [EVB]: 122 Bremerhaven Hbf - Bremervörde - Buxtehude, 125 Cuxhaven - Bremerhaven-Wulsdorf
  • Eisenbahn-Bau- und Betriebsgesellschaft Pressnitztalbahn mbH [PRE]: 198 Bergen auf Rugen - Lauterbach Mole (Also narrow-gauge line, see below)
  • Erfurter Bahn GmbH [EB]
  • erixx GmbH [ERX]: 116 Bremen - Soltau (Han.) - Uelzen, 123 Buchholz - Soltau - Hannover
  • Eurobahn (Keolis Deutschland GmbH & Co KG) [EUR]:
  • Freiberger Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH [FEG]: 514 Freiberg (Sachs.) - Holzhau
  • Hanseatische Eisenbahn GmbH [EGP/HANS]: (former) 172 Waren (Müritz) - Inselstadt Malchow*, 173 Neustrelitz - Mirow* 209.73 Pritzwalk - Neustadt (Dosse), 209.74 Pritzwalk West (schooldays only) - Pritzwalk - Meyenburg
  • Hellertalbahn Betriebs GmbH: 462 Betzdorf - Haiger - Dillenburg
  • Hessenbahn GmbH [HLB]:
  • Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG [HzL]: 732 Radolfzell - Stockach, 742 Bräunlingen - Donaueschingen - Villingen - Rottweil, 743 Rottweil/Sigmaringen - Tuttlingen - Immendingen - Blumberg-Zollhaus, 759 Engstingen - Gammertingen, 766 Tübingen - Sigmaringen, 767 Eyach - Hechingen (summer SuO), 768 Hechingen - Gammertingen - Sigmaringen
  • Kreisbahn Mansfelder Land GmbH: 337 Helbra - Klostermansfeld - Wippra
  • Metronom Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH [ME]:
  • National Express Rail GmbH [NXR]:
  • NEB Betriebsgeschellschaft mbH (Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn) [NEB]:
  • nordbahn Eisenbahngesellschaft & Co KG [NBE]:
  • Norddeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft Niebüll GmbH [neg]: 136 Niebüll - Dagebüll Mole; 136.1 Niebüll - Süderlügum Grenze [- Tønder] (service operated jointly with Arriva Tog A/S)
  • Nord-Ostsee Bahn GmbH [NOB]: 131 Kiel - Neumünster, 134 Kiel - Rendsburg - Husum, 135 Husum - Bad St Peter-Ording
  • NordWestBahn GmbH [NWB; RS]: 392 Osnabrück Hbf/Bremen Hbf - Wilhelmshaven, 393 Wilhelmshaven - Sande - Esens, 394 Bremen - Vechta - Osnabrück, Bremen Farge - Bremen-Vegesack - Bremen Hbf - Verder (Aller) Bremerhaven-Lehe - Bremen Hbf - Twistringen, Bad Zwischenahn - Oldenburg (Oldb.) - Bremen, Nordenham - Hude - Bremen, Bunde (Westf.) - Löhne - Hildesheim Hbf, Hildesheim Hbf - Bodenburg,
  • Ortenau S-Bahn GmbH 718 Offenburg - Bad Griesbach, 719 Offenburg - Kehl, 720 Offenbach - Hausach
  • Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH [ODEG]: 152 Rehna - Schwerin Hbf - Parchim
  • RDC Autozug Sylt GmbH [RDC]: Niebüll - Westerland (Sylt) (car-carrying trains)
  • Regiobahn Fahrbetriebsgesellschaft mbH [S28]:
  • RegioTram Gesellschaft mbH [RT]: - Warburg – Hofgeismar – Kassel Hbf, Wolfhagen – Kassel Hbf, Melsungen – Kassel Hbf, Schwalmstadt Treysa – Kassel Hbf
  • Rhenus Veniro GmbH & Co. KG [RV]: 479 Boppard - Emmelshausen, 691 Bullay - Traben-Trarbach
  • Rurtalbahn GmbH [RTB]: (former) 483 Düren - Linnich, 484 Düren - Heimbach, Bördebahn Düren - Euskirchen (currently weekend and holiday service only)
  • Saarbahn GmbH: Brebach - Sarrguemines (France) (through running from Brebach onto the Saarbrücken tram system)
  • Städtebahn Sachsen GmbH [StSa]: 226 Dresden- Königsbrück, 227 Dresden - Kamenz (Sachs.), 264 Heidenau - Kurort Altenberg, 248 Pirna - Neustadt (Sachs.) - Sebnitz (Sachs.)
  • Süd Thüringen Bahn GmbH [STB]: 573 Wernshausen - Zella-Mehlis, 575 Eisenach - Meiningen
  • Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs AG [SWEG]: 707 Meckesheim - Aglasterhausen and Hüffenhardt, 717 Achern - Ottenhöfen, 722 Biberach - Oberharmersbach-Riersbach, 723 Riegel - Endingen - Breisach, 724 Riegel Ort - Gottenheim, 725 Bad Krozingen - Untermünstertal.
  • Transdev Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH [HEX - Harz-Elbe Express]:
  • TransRegio Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH [MRB (Mittelrheinbahn)]:
  • Transdev Regio Ost GmbH [MRB (Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn)]:
  • Trossingen Eisenbahn: 743 Trossingen Bahnhof - Trossingen Stadt (electrified 600V dc)
  • VIAS GmbH [VIA]
  • vlexx GmbH [vlexx]
  • Westerwaldbahn des Kreises Altenkirchen GmbH: 463 Betzdorf - Daaden, Bindeweide - Rosenheim, Scheuerfeld - Oberdreisbach. Operates the DB line Altenkirchen - Raubach - Siershahn
  • WestfalenBahn GmbH [WFB]
  • Württembergische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft mbH [WEG]: 762 Nürtingen - Neuffen, 773 Vaihingen (Enz) Nord - Enzweihingen, 785 Gaildorf West - Untergröningen, 790.7 Korntal - Weissach, 790.9 Böblingen - Dettenhausen


Narrow-gauge and museum railways

  • Bayerische Zugspitzbahn AG: Garmisch - Bf Zugspitzplatt (metre gauge, rack line, electrified 1500V dc)
  • Bergbahnen im Siebengebirge AG (Drachenfelsbahn): Königswinter - Drachenfels (narrow gauge, rack line, electrified at 750V dc)
  • Borkumer Kleinbahn und Dampfschiffahrt GmbH: Borkum Reede - Borkum Bf (900mm gauge) (Operates in connection with the company's shipping service from Emden)
  • BVO Bahn GmbH: 518 Cranzahl - Kurort Oberwiesenthal (750mm gauge)
  • Chiemsee Bahn - Chiemseeschiffahrt Ludwig Feßler KG [ChB]: Prien a. Chiemsee - Stock (metre gauge) (Operates in connection with the company's shipping services on the Chiemsee)
  • Eisenbahn-Bau- und Betriebsgesellschaft Pressnitztalbahn mbH [PRE]: 199 Putbus - Göhren (750mm gauge), 199 Putbus - Lauterbach Mole (750mm gauge operation over DB AG mixed-gauge line)
  • Harzer Schmalspurbahnen GmbH: 325 Drei Annen Hohne - Brocken, 326 Wernigerode - Nordhausen Nord, 333 Gernrode - Harzgerode, Hasselfelde and Eisfelder Talmühle (all metre gauge)
  • Inselbahn Langeoog: Bf Langeoog - Hafen Langeoog (metre gauge) (operates in connection with Schiffahrt der Inselgemeinde Langeoog shipping services from Bensersiel)
  • Landkreis Cuxhaven - Museumsbahn: Preserved services Bremen-Fischereihafen - Bremerhaven-Wulsdorf - Bremerhaven Hbf - Bad Bederkesa
  • Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn Molli GmbH: 157 Bad Doberan - Ostseebad Kühlungsborn West (900mm gauge)
  • Rhein-Haardtbahn GmbH [RHB]: 668 Bad Durkheim - Ludwigshafen-Oggersheim (Interurban metre gauge, electric tramway, with through working onto the Ludwigshafen and Mannheim tram systems)
  • Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH: - rnv Linien 4 Bad Dürkheim - Ludwigshafen (Rh) Hbf - Mannhein Hbf, 5 Weinheim Alter OEG-Bahnhof - Viernheim - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Weinheim Alter OEG-Bahnhof, 5A Mannheim Hbf - Mannheim Käfertal - Heddesheim Bahnhof, 15 Mannheim Hbf - Mannheim Käfertal - Mannheim Wallstadt
  • Sächsisch Oberlausitzer Eisenbahngesellschaft [SOEG]: 238 Zittau - Kurort Oybin/Kurort Jonsdorf
  • Strausberger Eisenbahn GmbH: Strausberg Vorstadt - Stausberg Stadt (600 V dc electric tramway)
  • Thüringerwaldbahn und Straßenbahn Gotha GmbH: 608 Gotha - Waltershausen and Tabarz (metre gauge, electric tramway)
  • Wendelsteinbahn GmbH: Brannenburg-Waching - Wendelstein (metre gauge, rack line, electrified 1500 V dc)

See also