Traffic jam forecast for the weekend: It will be full here at Pentecost

Updated on 6/3/2022 at 5:14 p.m

  • For the long Pentecost weekend, experts expect the streets to be at least as crowded as in the times before the pandemic.
  • What travelers should know.

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At least as much traffic as before Corona – everyone who wants to be on the motorway over the next long Pentecost weekend (June 3rd to 6th) must expect that. The Auto Club Europa (ACE) and the ADAC therefore expect long traffic jams. In addition to the public holidays, some federal states such as Berlin, Bremen and Lower Saxony have a day off from school after Whit Monday. In addition, the two-week Whitsun holidays begin in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, and the one-week Whitsun holidays in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saarland.

According to ACE, the pre-season should attract many travelers to the south, to the beaches of the North and Baltic Seas and to the low mountain ranges. Well-known local recreation areas will also be popular as destinations, which should flush a lot of traffic not only onto the motorways but also onto the side routes.

This part of Germany is particularly prone to traffic jams

According to the ADAC, the risk of traffic jams is particularly high in southern Germany. The auto club expects the “most massive traffic disruptions” on Friday afternoon, in the south also on Saturday morning and on Whit Monday. On Sunday, on the other hand, it should be “relatively quiet” according to the experts.

The travel days in detail:

  • Friday (June 3): The experts expect heavy commuter traffic from early noon, which will be joined by the first travelers. Nationwide, it should therefore be full until the evening on the highways.
  • Saturday (June 4th): The clubs foresee a significant risk of traffic jams for Saturday, especially on the motorways in the direction of the Alps. It fills up quickly early in the morning, which could already lead to the first traffic jams in the early morning. According to ACE, the situation is not expected to ease until the early afternoon.
  • Pentecost Sunday (5 June): Tourist traffic is still noticeable on the motorways, and traffic jams are also possible. But the volume is “noticeably lower than on Saturday,” according to the forecast by ACE, which also cites the lack of truck traffic on Sunday as the reason for the expected relaxation of the situation. However, especially when the weather is nice, the excursion traffic around the local recreation areas can increase on the secondary routes.
  • Whit Monday (6 June): Full secondary routes are also expected for Monday, as many day trippers are likely to be on the road. However, from the afternoon onwards, return traffic on the motorways will start up again and increase the risk of traffic jams there as well.
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Experts also expect traffic jams here

The car clubs consider traffic jams and delays to be possible, especially in the metropolitan areas of Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich, on the routes to the coasts and on the following routes in both directions:

  • A1 / A3 / A4: Cologne Ring
  • A1: Cologne – Dortmund – Bremen – Lübeck
  • A2: Dortmund – Hanover – Berlin
  • A3: Oberhausen – Frankfurt – Nürnberg – Passau
  • A4: Kirchheim triangle – Erfurt – Dresden
  • A5: Hattenbacher Dreieck – Frankfurt – Karlsruhe – Basel
  • A6: Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Heilbronn – Nürnberg
  • A7: Hamburg – Flensburg
  • A7: Hamburg – Hanover – Würzburg – Füssen/Reutte
  • A8: Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg
  • A9: Munich – Nuremberg – Berlin
  • A10: Berliner Ring
  • A11: Berliner Ring – Uckermark triangle
  • A19: Dreieck Wittstock/Dosse – Rostock
  • A24: Berlin – Wittstock/Dosse triangle
  • A61: Mönchengladbach – Koblenz – Ludwigshafen
  • A81: Stuttgart – singing
  • A93: Inntaldreieck – Kufstein
  • A95/B2: Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • A99: Bypass Munich

Traffic jams and delays: that’s what you expect in Austria and Switzerland

According to ACE, the situation on the roads in Austria and Switzerland should be “one to one” like in Germany. A high risk of traffic jams is to be expected on the transit routes, especially from Saturday morning until the afternoon. Excursion traffic then also plays a major role on Sunday and Monday on the secondary routes. Return traffic should start on Monday afternoon. According to the ADAC, the Tauern, Inntal, Brenner, Rheintal and Gotthard routes are particularly at risk of congestion. Traffic jams and delays: that’s what you expect in Austria and Switzerland

For Switzerland, ACE anticipates longer traffic jams in front of the north portal of the Gotthard tunnel on the main travel days on the Gotthard route. If the waiting time is longer than an hour, the alternative route via the San Bernardino tunnel is worthwhile.

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Some passes currently closed

Anyone planning an Alpine road tour should be aware that some passes are currently still closed. The last passes will be released in June. Random checks cannot be ruled out for border traffic. However, due to the easing of entry regulations in many countries, things are progressing much faster than they were a few weeks ago, according to the ADAC.

How long you currently have to wait when returning from Austria to Germany can be seen online at the Austrian infrastructure company Asfinag. (ff/tar/with material from the dpa)

Sources used:

  • ADAC: ADAC traffic jam forecast for Pentecost (June 3rd to 6th)
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