Germany - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Owing to the size and complexity of the German railway system, the Obscure Services listing is subdivided by Land (Province). Berlin and Bremen are separate Länder, but it is convenient to include them with Brandenburg and Niedersachsen respectively. Details of Other Sparse Services, Services not included in the DB Kursbuch and Deletions since previous edition can be found below.

The stations at which long-distance trains start and terminate may vary, depending on the date. Where there are more than two possibilities, such as a train terminating at Kassel, Hannover or Hamburg, only the shortest and longest itineraries are indicated in the lists on this site.

A brief Guide to German railway terminology is available.

This list is based on the timetable dated from 12 December 2021 to 10 December 2022, unless otherwise stated.

List of Länder (Regions)

Baden-Württemberg Includes Mannheim and Stuttgart entries starting with 'DExx/601'
Bayern Includes München and Nürnberg entries starting with 'DExx/651'
Berlin and Brandenburg Includes Falkenberg (Elster) and Cottbus entries starting with 'DExx/251'
Hamburg entries starting with 'DExx/051'
Hessen Includes Frankfurt am Main and Darmstadt entries starting with 'DExx/501'
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Includes Rostock and Stralsund entries starting with 'DExx/101'
Niedersachsen and Bremen Includes Hannover and Osnabrück entries starting with 'DExx/151'
Nordrhein-Westfalen Includes Köln and Dortmund entries starting with 'DExx/351'
Rheinland-Pfalz Includes Koblenz and Ludwigshafen entries starting with 'DExx/401'
Saarland Includes Saarbrücken entries starting with 'DExx/451'
Sachsen Includes Leipzig and Dresden entries starting with 'DExx/301'
Sachsen-Anhalt Includes Halle (Saale) and Magdeburg entries starting with 'DExx/201'
Schleswig-Holstein Includes Lübeck and Kiel entries starting with 'DExx/001'
Thüringen Includes Erfurt and Nordhausen entries starting with 'DExx/551'


See Germany - Tram services over obscure routes

Other Sparse Services

174 Inselstadt Malchow – Karow (Meckl) – Plau am See / Parchim Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays in summer only; Malchow – Alt Schwerin also on weekdays in high summer
186 Bad Doberan – Ostseebad Kühlungsborn West Five train pairs in winter; more in summer
190 Bergen auf Rügen – Sassnitz-Mukran Fährhafen Two train pairs on Saturdays only between late May and late September, plus certain Thursdays and Sundays in high summer
209.20 Priort – Falkenhagen and Hennigsdorf – Birkenwerder (b. Berlin) No weekend service over these sections
209.27 Wensickendorf – Schmachtenhagen Weekend daytime service only
209.73 Kyritz Am Bürgerpark – Pritzwalk Four train pairs on weekdays; three at weekends
209.74 Pritzwalk West – Pritzwalk – Meyenburg [– Plau am See] Five train pairs on weekdays. Three train pairs at weekends, extending to Plau am See in the summer. Very limited schoolday-only service to Pritzwalk West.
RB TES Erkner – Fangschleuse Tesla Süd Regular service on Mondays to Fridays and Sunday evenings only. Saturdays and Sunday daytimes only on the weekend of 2-3 April.
238 Zittau – Kurort Jonsdorf / Kurort Oybin Limited winter service; better (but still fairly sparse) in the summer
257 Dessau Hbf – Wörlitz No winter service
326 Drei Annen Hohne – Eisfelder Talmühle – Ifield Neanderklinik Very limited winter service of between one and three trains each way
333 Alexisbad – Hasselfelde and Eisfelder Talmühle Only two train pairs in the winter
357.1 Einbeck Mitte – Einbeck BBS/PS-Speicher Limited service weekdays, no service at weekends on this recently reopened section
397 [Leer –] Ihrhove – Weener No trains until December 2024 at the earliest, pending rebuilding of the River Ems bridge
479 Boppard – Boppard Süd Very limited schoolday-only service
509 Radebeul Ost – Radeburg Five train pairs daily; only two beyond Moritzburg. Closed most of March and November.
513 Freital Hainsberg – Kurort Kipsdorf Three train pairs daily; only two beyond Dippoldiswalde. Closed most of March and November.
517 Cranzahl – Vejprty (CZ) [– Chomutov] Three train pairs on summer weekends only
518 Cranzahl – Kurort Oberwiesenthal Four train pairs daily; closed most of March and November
544 Bad Brambach – Plesná (CZ) [– Cheb] Five train pairs daily
566 Ilmenau – Rennsteig Four train pairs, weekends and holidays only
662.1 Monsheim – Münchweiler (Alsenz) Summer Sundays only. Reopening delayed until an unknown date.
666 Ramsen – Eiswoog Weekends only
675.1 Bundenthal-Rumbach – Hinterweidenthal Ost Summer Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only
692 Perl – Thionville (FR) Two train pairs on weekends only. A full service is expected to resume in December 2024.
707 Neckarbischofsheim Nord – Hüffenhardt Summer Sundays and alternate Wednesdays only. Only four train pairs beyond Siegelsbach.
732.1 Stockach – Mengen Three train pairs on summer Sundays only
737 Lauchringen – Weizen Five train pairs on schooldays to Stühlingen; two train pairs on summer Sundays to Weizen
743 Geisingen-Leipferdingen – Blumberg-Zollhaus Limited service
752 Aulendorf – Bad Wurzach Summer Sundays only
754 Aulendorf – Pfullendorf Summer Sundays only
758 Amstetten – Gerstetten Summer Sundays only
759 Gammertingen – Schelklingen Limited service, better on schooldays
767 Eyach – Hechingen (HzL) Summer Sundays only
769 Balingen – Schömberg Summer Sundays only
772 Maulbronn West – Maulbronn Stadt Summer Sundays only
790.11 Kornwestheim – Stuttgart-Untertürkheim Mondays to Fridays peak hours only.

Regular services not in the Kursbuch

The following lines are not included in the online DB Kursbuch, but timetables can be found on the websites shown. Long-distance services appear in some, but not all, tables in the Kursbuch where they would be expected to be found, so the DB journey planner or the European Rail Timetable is often the best guide to these.

All Flixtrain services Note that both and just redirect to the Flixbus site so this particular address needs to be used.
101.1 Hamburg Flughafen / Poppenbüttel – Wesel (S1) S-Bahn Hamburg (journey planner)
101.2 Hamburg-Altona – Bergedorf (S2) S-Bahn Hamburg (journey planner)
101.3 Pinneberg – Neugraben (S3) S-Bahn Hamburg (journey planner)
101.5 Stade – Elbgaustraße (S5) S-Bahn Hamburg (journey planner) (the Stade - Hamburg section of S5 is shown in Table 121)
132 Neumünster – Heide – Büsum
133 Kiel – Oppendorf
134 Kiel – Schleswig – Husum
135 Husum – Bad St. Peter-Ording
136 Niebüll – Dagebüll Mole
136.1 Niebüll – Tønder (DK) [– Esbjerg]
137 Neumünster – Kaltenkirchen – Hamburg-Eidelstedt
138 Ulzburg Süd – Norderstedt Mitte
139 Elmshorn – Barmstedt – Ulzburg Süd
140 Lübeck – Neustadt (Holst.) (trains) – Puttgarden (buses)
145 Lüneburg – Lübeck – Kiel
146 Kiel – Flensburg
174 Waren (Müritz) – Malchow [– Parchim / Plau am See (summer weekends only)] ODEG
201 Magdeburg – Berlin – Frankfurt (Oder) – Cottbus ODEG
former 203 Berlin – Elsterwerda (RE8S) ODEG
209.12 Berlin – Löwenberg (Mark) – Templin Stadt Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.25 Berlin – Werneuchen Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.26 Berlin – Küstrin-Kietz [– Kostrzyn (PL)] Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.27 Berlin-Karow – Groß Schönebeck/Schmachtenhagen Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.33 Potsdam Hbf – Jüterbog ODEG
209.35 Furstenwalde (Spree) – Bad Saarow-Pieskow Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.36 Königs Wusterhausen – Frankfurt (Oder) Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.46 Cottbus – Forst (Lausitz) ODEG
209.51 Rathenow – Brandenburg ODEG
209.54 Löwenberg (Mark) – Rheinsberg (Mark) Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.60 Eberswalde – Wriezen – Frankfurt (Oder) Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.63 Eberswalde – Joachimsthal Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.73 Neustadt (Dosse) – Pritzwalk Hanseatische Eisenbahn
209.74 Pritzwalk – Meyenburg [– Plau am See (summer weekends only)] Hanseatische Eisenbahn
RB TES Erkner – Fangschleuse Tesla Süd (new service from 04.09.23) (Links to VRR timetable pdf)
220 Cottbus – Görlitz – Zittau ODEG
229 Görlitz – Hoyerswerda ODEG
236 Seifhennersdorf – Zittau Trilex
238 Zittau – Kurort Oybin / Kurort Jonsdorf SOEG
257 Dessau – Wörlitz Dessau-Wörlitzer Eisenbahn
269 Stendal – Tangermünde Hanseatische Eisenbahn
325 Wernigerode – Brocken Harzer Schmalspurbahnen
326 Nordhausen – Drei Annen Hohne Harzer Schmalspurbahnen
333 Quedlinburg – Eisfelder Talmühle Harzer Schmalspurbahnen
360.1 Minden (Westf) – Hannover – Haste (S1) Transdev Hannover
360.2 Nienburg (Weser) – Hannover – Haste (S2) Transdev Hannover
360.3 Hannover – Hildesheim (S3) Transdev Hannover
360.4 Bennemühlen – Hannover – Hildesheim (S4) Transdev Hannover
360.5 Hannover Flughafen – Hannover – Paderborn (S5) Transdev Hannover
360.6 Hannover – Celle (S6) Transdev Hannover
360.7 Hannover – Lehrte – Celle (S7) Transdev Hannover
386 Bielefeld – Rahden (RB71) Eurobahn. The Bielefeld – Herford section of RB71 appears in Table 370.
391 Bremen – Hude – Nordenham (RS4) Nordwestbahn (Transdev)
392 Osnabrück – Oldenburg – Wilhelmshaven (RE18) Nordwestbahn (Transdev)
393 Sande – Esens (RB59) Nordwestbahn (Transdev)
394 Bremen – Vechta – Osnabrück (RB58) Nordwestbahn (Transdev)
400 Hamm – Bielefeld (RB69) Eurobahn. The Münster – Hamm section of RB69 appears in Table 410.
404 Bielefeld – Lemgo-Lüttfeld (RB73) Eurobahn
405 Herford – Detmold – Paderborn (RB72) Eurobahn
406 Münster – Warendorf – Bielefeld (RB67) Eurobahn
411 Dortmund – Lünen – Münster (RB50) Eurobahn. These trains do not appear between Dortmund and Lünen in Table 412 either.
416 Hamm – Dortmund – Düsseldorf (RE3). Eurobahn. Although Table 416 exists, these services are not shown.
430 Hamm – Paderborn (RB89) Eurobahn. The Münster – Hamm section of RB89 appears in Table 410.
431 Dortmund – Unna – Soest (RB59) Eurobahn
470 Köln Hbf – Bonn Hbf – Koblenz Hbf Mittelrheinbahn (Transdev) (stopping services. Use DB journey planner for RE and long-distance services).
472 Köln Hbf – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf via the high-speed line DB journey planner
former 484 Düren – Heimbach (Eifel) Rurtalbahn
485 Venlo – Düsseldorf – Hamm (RE13) Eurobahn. Although Table 485 exists, these services are not shown.
495 Düsseldorf Hbf – Kleve Rhein-Ruhr-Bahn (Transdev)
633 Friedberg (Hess) – Hanau HLB (journey planner)
636 Friedrichsdorf (Taunus) – Friedberg (Hess) HLB (journey planner)
637 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf – Friedrichsdorf (Taunus) – Brandoberndorf HLB (journey planner)
662.1 Monsheim – Münchweiler (Alsenz) Service resumption has been delayed until an unknown date.
758 Amstetten (Württ) – Gerstetten UEF Lokalbahn Amstetten Gerstetten
762 Nürtingen – Neuffen (Tälesbahn) Württembergische Eisenbahn (Transdev)
790.21 Schörndorf – Oberrndorf (Wieslauftalbahn) Württembergische Eisenbahn (Transdev)
790.46 Böblingen - Dettenhausen (Schönbuchbahn) Württembergische Eisenbahn (Transdev)
790.47 Korntal – Heimerdingen (Strohgäubahn) Württembergische Eisenbahn (Transdev)
former 12474 Düren - Euskirchen Rurtalbahn

Deletions since previous edition

DE23/280 Rheinsberg (Mark) – Stechlinsee Special trains have not run since 2021
DE23/302 Leipzig-Gohlis – Leipzig Hbf (main/high level station) via diveunder line No rare track on a separate alignment used
DE23/361 Bonn-Beuel – Hangelar Special trains have not run since 2019. Line to be closed and railbuses used have been sold.

See also