With a new timetable, Deutsche Bahn wants to reduce travel times between major cities. Train drivers from Saxony-Anhalt benefit from this. In Halle, among other things, a sixth ICE will run daily between Berlin and Munich. It used to be five a day.
Bitterfeld and Wittenberg will also have an additional ICE connection to Nuremberg. An additional ICE connection from Monday to Saturday enables a journey via Halle, Bitterfeld, Berlin to Hamburg. On Sundays, the ICE stops in Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Leipzig instead of in Halle and Bitterfeld. Dessau gets an ICE connection from Oldenburg to Leipzig.
If you are planning a trip to the Baltic Sea, you can now take the IC all year round in Stendal and Magdeburg. The trains should then roll to Warnemünde every day. So far, this was only possible in midsummer or on the weekends. In addition, Deutsche Bahn is planning additional IC offers on individual days, for example on Friday evenings from Cologne via Halle and Köthen to Leipzig.
After the renovation work, the trains on the high-speed line between Berlin and Hamburg are once again running without any detours or interruptions. You can travel on the long-distance train connection between the two largest German cities at up to 230 km/h. As before, the journey time is less than two hours. According to Deutsche Bahn, around 60 trains are running between Hamburg and Berlin every day. With an average of around 17,000 passengers per day, the route is one of the busiest connections in Germany.
With the changeover to the new timetable, additional ICE trains with fewer intermediate stops, the so-called Sprinters, are running on eight of the ten busiest domestic German routes. Between Berlin and Cologne, ICE trains run three times a day without stopping in less than four hours. It should also be faster on the Düsseldorf-Cologne-Munich, Hamburg-Frankfurt Airport and Berlin-Munich routes. dpa/nd