Rail: More Sprinter trains are to get customers out of airplanes

Released on 07. 10 . 2021

  • An ICE at the entrance to a Berlin train station. Photo: Christoph Soeder

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An ICE with 13 The car can carry five times as many people as a medium-haul aircraft, says Deutsche Bahn and wants to attract new customers with an expanded range.

Berlin (dpa) – With additional Sprinter connections, Deutsche Bahn wants to compete with domestic German flight offers from mid-December.

Between Berlin and Cologne, for example, sprinters will then drive three times a day in under four hours and thus up to half an hour faster than before, as the company announced on Thursday. It is also faster on the Düsseldorf-Cologne-Munich route and in the morning from Hamburg to Frankfurt Airport. Between Berlin and Munich there should be new sprinters in the evening.

On eight of the ten strongest domestic German flight routes, there is a fast and environmentally friendly alternative with the sprinter trains the train. An ICE with 10 car can carry five times as many people as a medium-haul aircraft. On the line Munich-Stuttgart-Frankfurt Airport-Cologne-Dortmund-Hamburg only these extra-long trains should run; the railway currently receives a new one every three weeks.

New in the timetable 2022, from the 12. December of this year is the long-distance route Dortmund / Münster-Siegen-Frankfurt / Main. Double-decker intercity trains are to run there. ICE trains replace Intercitys on other connections, for example on the Frankfurt / Karlsruhe-Stuttgart-Ulm-Munich route.

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