Germany - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services



Owing to the size and complexity of the German railway system, the Obscure Services listing is subdivided by Land (Province). Berlin and Bremen are separate Länder, but it is convenient to include them with Brandenburg and Niedersachsen respectively. Details of Other Sparse Services, Services not included in the DB Kursbuch and Deletions since previous edition can be found below.

The stations at which long-distance trains start and terminate may vary, depending on the date. Where there are more than two possibilities, such as a train terminating at Kassel, Hannover or Hamburg, only the shortest and longest itineraries are indicated in the lists on this site.

A brief Guide to German railway terminology is available.

This list is based on the timetable dated from 9 December 2018 to 14 December 2019, unless otherwise stated.

List of Länder (Regions)

Baden-Württemberg entries starting with 'DExx/601'
Bayern entries starting with 'DExx/651'
Berlin and Brandenburg entries starting with 'DExx/251'
Hamburg entries starting with 'DExx/051'
Hessen entries starting with 'DExx/501'
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern entries starting with 'DExx/101'
Niedersachsen_and_Bremen entries starting with 'DExx/151'
Nordrhein-Westfalen entries starting with 'DExx/351'
Rheinland-Pfalz entries starting with 'DExx/401'
Saarland entries starting with 'DExx/451'
Sachsen entries starting with 'DExx/301'
Sachsen-Anhalt entries starting with 'DExx/201'
Schleswig-Holstein entries starting with 'DExx/001'
Thüringen entries starting with 'DExx/551'

Other Services

The Other Services Page contains trains not operated by DB and which do not appear in their journey planner or timetables. These are mainly seasonal overnight services run by foreign operators.


See Germany - Tram services over obscure routes

Other Sparse Services

112 Lüneburg - Dannenberg Ost
133 Kiel Hbf - Kiel-Oppendorf No Sunday service
173 Neustrelitz - Mirow
186 Bad Doberan - Ostseebad Kühlungsborn West Limited winter service
209.20 Priort – Hennigsdorf – Birkenwerder (b Berlin) No weekend service
209.27 Wensickendorf – Schmachtenhagen Weekends only
218 [Lutherstadt Wittenberg –] Pratau – Bad Schmiedeberg – Eilenburg Summer weekends only
238 Zittau – Kurort Jonsdorf/Kurort Oybin Limited service for part of the winter
257 Dessau Hbf – Wörlitz No winter service
326 Drei Annen Hohne – Eisfelder Talmühle
333 Alexisbad – Hasselfelde and Eisfelder Talmühle
397 [Leer -] Ihrhove - Weener No trains until further notice, following destruction of the River Ems bridge
509 Moritzburg – Radeburg
513 Freital Hainsberg - Kurort Kipsdorf
517 Cranzahl – Vejprty (CZ) Summer weekends only; limited service
518 Cranzahl – Kurort Oberwiesenthal
544 Bad Brambach - Plesná (CZ)
566 Ilmenau - Rennsteig Weekends only
662.1 Monsheim – Münchweiler (Alsenz) Summer Sundays only
666 Ramsen – Eiswoog Wednesdays and Sundays only
675.1 Bundenthal-Rumbach – Hinterweidenthal Ost Summer Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays only
692 Perl – Thionville [France] Weekends only; limited service
707 Neckarbischofsheim Nord – Hüffenhardt Weekends and certain Wednesdays during the summer
723 Riegel-Malterdingen - Breisach Limited service at weekends
743 Lauchringen – Blumberg-Zollhaus Service over the entire route on Summer Sundays only
743 Geisingen-Leipferdingen – Blumberg-Zollhaus Limited service at weekends
752 Aulendorf - Bad Wurzach Summer Sundays only
754 Aulendorf - Pfullendorf Summer Sundays only
758 Amstetten – Gerstetten Summer Sundays only
759 Schelklingen – Münsingen - Engstingen
759 Engstingen - Gammertingen Summer Sundays only
767 Eyach - Hechingen (HzL) Summer Sundays only
769 Balingen – Schömberg Summer Sundays only
772 Maulbronn West – Maulbronn Stadt Summer Sundays only
790.11 Kornwestheim - Stuttgart-Untertürkheim Mondays to Fridays peak hours only
947 Garching - Hörpolding Mondays to Fridays limited service; no weekend service

Regular services not in the Kursbuch

The following lines are not included in the DB Kursbuch, though some have a frequent service, in a few cases operated by DB Regio. Timetables can be found on the websites shown. Many ICE, IC and cross-border services do not appear in the Kursbuch either, so the European Rail Timetable is the best guide to these. Urban metro systems are not included in this list.

Stuttgart - Berlin (limited service) Flixtrain
Köln - Hamburg (limited service) Flixtrain
136 Niebüll – Dagebüll Mole neg
136.1 Niebüll – Tønder – (Esbjerg) neg
137 Neumünster – Kaltenkrchen – Hamburg-Eidelstedt AKN Eisenbahn
138 Ulzburg Süd – Norderstedt Mitte AKN Eisenbahn
139 Elmshorn – Barmstedt – Ulzburg Süd AKN Eisenbahn
former 172 Waren (Müritz) - Inselstadt Malchow Hanseatische Eisenbahn
173 Neustrelitz – Mirow Hanseatische Eisenbahn
202 Wismar – Berlin – Cottbus (in Kursbuch as Wismar – Wittenberge only) Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
204 Stendal – Berlin – Jüterbog Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
209.12 Berlin - Templin Stadt Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.25 Berlin - Werneuchen Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.26 Berlin - Kostrzyn Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.27 Berlin-Karow - Groß Schönebeck/Schmachtenhagen Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.35 Fürstenwald (Spree) - Bad Saarow Klinikum Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.36 Königs Wusterhausen - Beeskow - Frankfurt (Oder) Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.46 Cottbus – Forst (Lausitz) Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
209.54 Löwenberg (Mark) – Rheinsberg (Mark) Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.60 Eberswalde - Frankfurt (Oder) Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.63 Eberswalde - Templin Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.73 Neustadt (Dosse) – Pritzwalk Hanseatische Eisenbahn
209.74 Pritzwalk – Meyenburg Hanseatische Eisenbahn
218 Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Bad Schmiedeberg – Eilenburg Elbe Saale Bahn
220 Cottbus – Görlitz – Zittau Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
229 Görlitz – Hoyerswerda Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
230 Dresden - Bautzen - Görlitz Trilex
235 Dresden - Ebersbach - Zittau Trilex
236 Seifhennersdorf - Zittau Trilex
238 Zittau - Kurort Oybin/Kurort Jonsdorf SOEG
328 Halberstadt - Blankenburg (Harz) HEX
479 Boppard – Emmelshausen Hunsrückbahn
former 483 Düren – Linnich Rurtalbahn
former 484 Düren – Heimbach (Eifel) Rurtalbahn
509 Radebeul Ost - Radeburg Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft
513 Freital Hainsberg - Kurort Kipsdorf Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft
514 Freiberg (Sachs) – Holzhau Freiberger Eisenbahn
516 Chemnitz - Hainichen City-Bahn Chemnitz
518 Cranzahl - Kurort Oberwiesenthal Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft
645.8-9 Wiesbaden - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen - Frankfurt am Main (S-Bahn) vlexx
former 672 Mainz Hbf - Kaiserslautern Hbf vlexx
691 Bullay – Traben-Trarbach Moselweinbahn
710.3 Odenheim/Menzingen - Karlsruhe - Rastatt AVG
710.5 Wörth - Karlsruhe - Pforzheim AVG
723 Riegel am Kaiserstuhl - Breisach SWEG
790.72 Böblingen - Dettenhausen WEG

Deletions since previous edition

DE18/306 Leipzig-Heiterblick - Leipzig-Anger (via Leipzig-Schönefeld) The late evening train that ran this way now runs via the usual route into Leipzig Hbf high level.
DE18/351 Löhne (Westf) – Kirchlengern Local trains, every two hours, are shown in the electronic Kursbuch
DE18/507 Wolfgang (Kr Hanau) – Hanau Hbf (via Abzw Rauschwald) The morning peak train that used this route no longer runs.
DE18/551 Großheringen — Camburg (Abzw Großheringen Ghs) The hourly SX, two-hourly SSuO services over this curve have all been withdrawn.
DE18/654 Nürnberg Hbf (Nürnberg-Dutzendteich) - Fürth (Bay) Hbf (via Nürnberg Rangierbahnhof) The excursion trains that used this route have not run since 2016.
209.54 Löwenberg (Mark) – Rheinsberg (Mark) [- Stechlinsee] The principal branch line service to Rheinsberg (Mark) now runs all year round.

See also