The railway competitor Flixtrain is gradually expanding its long-distance service offer in the coming months: Since December seven new destinations are to be connected to the existing network to change the timetable, the company said.
On the route Berlin-Stuttgart The stops Halle (Saale), Erfurt, Eisenach and Gotha are added. The previous connection Berlin-Cologne is also extended – in the east to the holding Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Leipzig, in the west the train continues to Aachen.
At the same time, the company wants to be on the track Hamburg-Köln be faster. "On the new express connection, the journey between the two cities takes just over three and a half hours," Flixtrain said. So far, travelers were depending on the connection according to the timetable information at least four hours on the road.
Flixtrain also offers from the spring next year a new connection between Hamburg and Stuttgart at. "The route will lead via Hannover, Göttingen, Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe, Fulda, Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Heidelberg," it said. Accordingly, three departures per day and direction are to be offered by the summer.
Deutsche Bahn is also expanding its offer in the east
Flixtrain is the train brand of Flixmobility, which dominates the market for coach travel in Germany with its Flixbus brand. While there are already numerous competitors in regional and freight transport alongside Deutsche Bahn, long-distance traffic has so far remained firmly in the hands of the state-owned company: Flistrain has been its only competitor there so far.
Already at the beginning of September the company had RheinJet announced from Meerbusch near Dusseldorf, from beginning of November a train connection between Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt offer. A train should approach the three cities every two weeks on Friday, one after the other, it said.
Neither the new competitor nor the now announced expansion of Flixtrain should change the high market share of Deutsche Bahn in long-distance traffic but much: This was recently according to the Monopolies Commission at 99 percent.
On Tuesday, the German Railways Also announced to expand the long-distance transport offer in eastern Germany: From mid-December between Dresden, Berlin and Rostock one new intercity line run. Six places along the route will thus again have a regular long-distance transport connection: Oranienburg and Elsterwerda in Brandenburg, Neustrelitz and Waren (Müritz) in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Warnemünde and Schönefeld Airport are to be added in May next year. As soon as the new capital airport BER opens, this stop will be relocated there, they said. First ten trips a day should be offered and from March 16 rides a day every two hours.