Full trains and chaos on Pentecost? Travelers need to know this

Updated on 06/04/2022 15:05

  • Long Pentecost weekend until the start of the holidays – the trains will be full.
  • After the ticket price starts at €9, one has to ask oneself: Is turmoil looming now?

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After the €9 ticket goes live, local public transport faces its first test on Pentecost weekend. No one knows how big the rush on regional buses and trains actually is. But it would have been full even without the special tickets. What can travelers expect on Pentecost? Overview.

Ticket: How long is it valid?

From Wednesday, holders of a €9 ticket can use it to travel around Germany on public transport. The ticket can be purchased for the months of June, July and August and is valid from the beginning of the month until the end of the month. Tickets are still available online and at all counters and ticket vending machines.

Passengers: You should know that

How many extra passengers will be on buses and trains during Pentecost because of the 9 euro ticket that is still fully open. “On Pentecost, the trains are already well packed,” a Deutsche Bahn spokesman said on Wednesday. In addition, the number of railway passengers has increased significantly recently, even without special tickets. During Easter, the group counted more commuters on trains than during Easter 2019 – before the crisis. So it should definitely be full, especially on tourist routes.

Many carriers have already announced that it will not always be possible to cycle everywhere. In Schleswig-Holstein, for example, the transport association Nah.SH expects trains to complete on the Marschbahn from Hamburg to Sylt this Pentecost weekend. A large number of travelers are also expected to head to other popular destinations on the coasts of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. It is recommended to travel at off-peak times or to places with fewer frequent visits.

Railway company DB Reggio Bayern also warned of a “further increase in capacity” on regional trains to tourist sites such as Kochel am See, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberstdorf and Lindau on Lake Constance. On fast trains such as Munich to Nuremberg or from Würzburg to Bamberg, it can also be filled up because of a 9 euro ticket.

Construction sites as additional obstacles

Things got tight not only on the trains, but also on the tracks. Many construction sites slow traffic over Pentecost. At Deutsche Bahn, construction activity during the long weekend is mainly concentrated in the North, West and Southwest. Construction work is also taking place on the roads between Hamburg and Hanover, as well as between Frankfurt and Mannheim, Dortmund and Düsseldorf or in the center of Renthal. It added that the construction work led, among other things, to “prolongation of travel and train times, discontinuation of failures or additional changes”.

Added to this are building standards for individual associations. According to the responsible transport association VBB, more than six train lines and express lines are affected by construction restrictions this weekend in Berlin and Brandenburg alone. It’s worth taking a look at the individual district transportation association’s website to learn more.

Countermeasures: Extra flights

Carriers are expanding their capabilities as much as possible. “Anything that can roll will move with us,” a railway spokesman said on Wednesday. The group announced that it will, among other things, operate 50 additional trains during the entire period of ticket validity, making 250 additional trips possible each day. The trains will be used mainly on routes that are in high demand for tourism.

Deutsche Bahn has also announced that travelers can also use a €9 ticket for intercity trips from Stuttgart to Singen in the Lake Constance region. The so-called Murgtäler Freizeitexpress, which stretches from the Rhine-Neckar region to the Black Forest, will be on the road not only on Sundays and public holidays, but also on Saturdays.

Associations and other carriers are taking similar measures. Additional vehicles will be used both in Berlin and Munich, for example on underground and suburban trains. It remains to be seen if all this will be enough. Capacity is limited in terms of infrastructure and vehicles. (dpa/p)


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