Berlin, Cologne & Co. – this is how your region is affected

The train drivers’ union GDL is on strike again – and there are train cancellations and delays all over Germany. Only every fourth long-distance train should run.

The train drivers of the GDL union have called for another strike. For five days, rail travelers are affected by massive disruptions in train traffic: On Thursday night at 2 a.m., the GDL train drivers stopped work. The strike is expected to last until 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7th. Freight traffic has been on strike since Wednesday afternoon.

In the morning, the head of the train drivers’ union GDL, Claus Weselsky, rejected the new tariff offer of the railway. In the ARD morning magazine, Weselsky said that the train’s offer was “unacceptable in terms of content”. The actual goal of management is to get rid of the GDL. Weselsky added that the union would “of course” negotiate with the railways.

Since the beginning of the strike, it has been valid again throughout Germany Replacement timetable. During the strike days, Deutsche Bahn wants to ensure that around a quarter of the trains on the normal timetable are offered on long-distance transport.

In regional and S-Bahn traffic, the company is aiming for an offer of around 40 percent. But there are regional differences. “The main strikes are in the east and in some metropolitan areas,” said a railroad spokeswoman. Stronger restrictions are to be expected there.

How do the trains and suburban trains run in your city?


Berliners have to be prepared for delays and cancellations from Thursday – also with the S-Bahn in the capital and the Brandenburg area. The S-Bahn belongs to the Deutsche Bahn. The offer will be severely restricted and lines will be shortened in some cases. Some S-Bahn trains run every 20 minutes.

The BVG underground trains, buses and trams are not affected by the strike. Passengers have to be prepared for the fact that these modes of transport can be busier than usual on strike days. here you can find more information about the situation in Berlin.


In addition to strikes in long-distance and regional traffic, there should also be restrictions in local traffic – including the S-Bahn. The railway is currently working on a replacement plan, it said. Commuters can use the underground trains and buses as well as the AKN train as an alternative. We have an overview of the situation in Hamburg here put together for you.


The Munich S-Bahn also operates on a greatly reduced strike schedule. Passengers have to expect numerous train cancellations and delays in regional and long-distance traffic. The S-Bahn in Munich will also be affected.

The underground, trams and buses of the MVG are not affected and run according to the timetable, as are the MVV regional buses. You can find out more about the train strike in Munich here.


Travelers and commuters are also affected by the strike in Cologne. There will again be numerous restrictions and failures in local and long-distance transport. These caused displeasure among many travelers during the first and second strike, as they told t-online on site at the main train station. Which trains are canceled this time? How do you get there anyway? here you can find more information about the strike in Cologne.


The Stuttgart S-Bahn is again offering a significantly reduced timetable during the strike days. As with the previous strikes, this corresponds to an hourly service on the S-Bahn lines. On the other hand, some early journeys will be completely omitted – you can read about the exact routes here.


In North Rhine-Westphalia, some S-Bahn lines are not operated by Deutsche Bahn, but by private providers. They therefore run regularly. According to initial information, the RB53 between Dortmund and Iserlohn and the RE57 between Dortmund and Winterberg are failing.

The S4 from Unna to Dortmund-Lütgendortmund via Dortmund-Dorstfeld is also to be replaced with buses as rail replacement services between Dortmund-Stadthaus and Dortmund-Brackel. here you can check which trains run in the Ruhr area.


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