Regional Express

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Regional Express with double-deck coaches
Two regional express trains (Rhein-Erft-Express) meet shortly before the Unkel train station
The “Airport-Express Schönefeld” in Berlin Central Station

Regional Express (in Germany: RE , in Austria: REX ) is the name of a type of train in Germany , Austria and Luxembourg . The term RegioExpress is used in Switzerland .


Naming rights

Until 2010, analogous to regional trains , only trains of Deutsche Bahn were designated as regional express trains. Private railway companies used their own names as product names, for example metronom (Me) and Erfurter Bahn (EBx) . In 2010, Deutsche Bahn AG approved the use of its train types for other rail transport companies. However, subject to conditions: the trains provide the same services as those of Deutsche Bahn. For example, an RE stands for a fast train that connects regions to the long-distance network. A regional train, on the other hand, stops far more frequently and must at least connect passengers to the RE network. The slow S-Bahn trains run in city traffic. In addition, the railway operators would have to pay a small license fee to the state company. With the timetable change in December 2012, VBB, as a pioneer, introduced a uniform product name for all lines. In December 2015, the NVS Thuringia will also be issuing standardized train types for all regional trains in its network.

The former spelling of Deutsche Bahn AG RegionalExpress , with Binnenmajuskel , is still a word mark registered with the German Patent and Trademark Office .


A regional express of the ODEG in Berlin Hauptbahnhof
View of the interior
View of the stairs of a double-decker car

The Regional Express in Germany is a type of train operated by Deutsche Bahn that emerged in 1994 from the earlier Eilzug (E) and the RegionalSchnellBahn . It often differs from the regional train (RB) in the greater distances between stops , higher travel speeds , higher transport capacity and longer distances. However, the boundaries are not precisely defined, as some Regional Express lines do not run parallel to regional train lines and thus stop at all stations, for example. Because other non-federal railway companies were not allowed to use the name Regional Express, the boundaries between the train types continue to blur.

The Interregio-Express (IRE) train type can be viewed as a special form of the regional express , which is also a product of local rail passenger transport and often differs from the RE in only fewer stops. Some IRE connections are operated independently by Deutsche Bahn, while the Regional Express lines are financed through regionalization funds.

In most countries in Germany , Regional Express trains run on fixed lines every or every two hours as part of an integrated regular timetable system. Often these lines have names within a country. The name of the destination station and, in some cases, its abbreviations (type of train and line number) are attached in and on the trains.

The Regional Express can often cover greater distances. That is why it is very popular with passengers with the Quer -übers-Land-Ticket or Ländickets . On some main traffic axes it is not or only slightly slower than the trains of the long-distance traffic . The average travel speed of the trains is 70 to 90 km / h.

As a rule, modern double-decker push-pull trains or single- deck electric multiple units operate . In some cases, n-cars with electric locomotives also operate as push-pull trains or diesel multiple units on non-electrified routes. On some RE lines, such as between Ulm and Neustadt (Black Forest) or the Mainfranken-Thuringia Express , modern and fast diesel railcars with tilting technology are also used.

As early as 1989 there was the RegionalSchnellBahn (RSB) on some routes as a forerunner of the Regional Express .

Fastest Regional Express trains

Munich-Nuremberg Express , up to 200 km / h, at the entrance to the Kinding train station (Altmühltal)

Since December 2006, Regional Express trains have been running every two hours on the Nuremberg – Ingolstadt – Munich high-speed line as the Munich-Nuremberg Express . These are made up of former and repainted Intercity -vans and electric locomotives of the 101 series formed. With a top speed of 200 km / h and an average travel speed of around 100 km / h, the trains on this route are the fastest regional trains in Germany.

Already in the 2001/2002 timetable there were regional express trains on the route from Cologne via Düsseldorf and Duisburg to Emmerich , which were made up of intercity cars and class 103 locomotives and reached 200 km / h between Cologne and Duisburg.

Since 1997, double-deck cars have also been procured with a maximum speed of 160 km / h. One of the first scheduled regional express lines to run at 160 km / h was the RE 1 in Berlin-Brandenburg. Initially, these regional express lines were marketed as RE 160 in the Berlin-Brandenburg transport association . Many RE lines are now running with rolling stock that allows a maximum speed of 160 km / h. However, depending on the line, vehicles that only have a top speed of 140 or 120 km / h are still used.

In central and southern Germany, railcars of the 612 series with tilting technology are also used as regional express trains . These also reach 160 km / h in arc-fast operation on many sections, especially where conventional vehicles can only drive a maximum of 120 km / h. Examples are the sections between Leinefelde and Gotha , Erfurt and Weimar or Nuremberg and Marktredwitz .

Cross-country regional express trains

At the end of the 1990s, when DB Fernverkehr withdrew the independently operated Interregio (IR) from its program, these lines were often used by DB Regio at the expense of the federal states as Regional Express or Interregio Express (IRE) (e.g. in Baden-Württemberg ) taken over, with some of these even replacing former Intercity and Eurocity connections.

Cross-country regional express trains 
distance Line line
Line course time Number
per day
476 km formerly "Vierländerexpress" Munich  - Landshut  - Regensburg  - Schwandorf  - Hof  - Gera  - Leipzig set DB Regio
BR 612
442 km ALX
Munich  - Schwandorf  - Furth im Wald - Domažlice  - Pilsen  - Prague 5:56 4th Regentalbahn
391 km RE 3 Stralsund - Greifswald - Pasewalk  - Angermünde - Berlin - Wünsdorf-Waldstadt - Doberlug-Kirchhain - Elsterwerda 5:14 set DB Regio
double-deck car
390 km RE 9
Nuremberg  - Marktredwitz  - Hof  - Plauen  - Zwickau  - Chemnitz  - Freiberg  - Dresden 4:10 set DB Regio
BR 612
387 km RE 5 Rostock - Güstrow - Neustrelitz - Berlin - Jüterbog - Wittenberg   - Halle 4:54 set DB Regio
double-deck car
380 km RE 3 Stralsund - Greifswald - Anklam - Pasewalk - Prenzlau - Angermünde - Eberswalde - Bernau - Berlin - Jüterbog - Falkenberg  - Bad Liebenwerda - Elsterwerda-Biehla 4:59 7th DB Regio
double-deck car
369 km Glue Express Munich  - Memmingen  - Aulendorf  - Sigmaringen  - Donaueschingen  - Freiburg 6:27 set DB Regio
BR 218 & n wagons
367 km RE 2 Wismar - Schwerin - Ludwigslust  - Wittenberge - Berlin - Lübben  - Cottbus 4:11 8th ODEG
BR 445
356 km ALX
Franconia-Bohemia Express
Nuremberg  - Schwandorf  - Furth im Wald - Domažlice  - Plzeň  - Prague 4:52 set Regentalbahn
342 km RE 5 Stralsund - Neubrandenburg - Neustrelitz - Berlin - Jüterbog - Falkenberg 4:40 set DB Regio
double-deck car
333 km RE 3 Altenburg – Erfurt / RE 7 Erfurt – Würzburg
Mainfranken-Thuringia Express
Altenburg  - Gera  - Jena  - Erfurt  - Suhl  - Schweinfurt  - Würzburg 4:29 8th DB Regio
BR 612
332 km RE 5 Rostock - Güstrow - Neustrelitz - Berlin - Wünsdorf-Waldstadt - Elsterwerda 4:51 8th DB Regio
double-deck car
331 km RE 1
Koblenz - Trier - Saarbrücken - Kaiserslautern  - Mannheim 4:05 9 DB Regio Südwest
Stadler Flirt
329 km Allgäu-Franken-Express Nuremberg  - Augsburg  - Kempten  - Immenstadt  - Lindau 3:45 3 DB Regio
BR 612
316 km RE 1 Magdeburg  - Brandenburg  - Potsdam  - Berlin  - Frankfurt (Oder)  - Eisenhüttenstadt  - Cottbus 3:47 4th DB Regio
double-deck car
311 km RE 1 Göttingen - Erfurt - Gera - Gößnitz - Zwickau 3:52 6th DB Regio
BR 612
297 km RE 4 Lübeck - Bad Kleinen - Bützow - Güstrow - Neubrandenburg - Pasewalk - Ueckermünde / Stettin 4:45 6th DB Regio
BR 648
291 km RE 11 RRX
Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe  - Paderborn  - Soest  - Hamm  - Dortmund  - Essen  - Duisburg  - Düsseldorf 3:21 7th Abellio Rail NRW
BR 462
286 km RE 5 Stralsund - Neubrandenburg - Neustrelitz - Berlin - Wünsdorf-Waldstadt 4:13 7th DB Regio
double-deck car
285 km RE 1 Göttingen - Erfurt - Gera - Gößnitz - Glauchau 3:52 6th DB Regio
BR 612
284 km RE 1 Norddeich Mole - Emden  - Oldenburg  - Bremen  - Hanover 3:55 8th DB Regio
double-deck car
281 km RE 6
Minden  - Bielefeld  - Hamm  - Dortmund  - Essen  - Duisburg  - Düsseldorf  - Cologne  - Cologne / Bonn Airport 3:43 19th National Express
BR 462
280 km TLX 1
Dresden-Wrocław Express
Dresden  - Bautzen  - Görlitz  - Zgorzelec  - Węgliniec  - Bolesławiec  - Legnica  - Wrocław 3:33 3 DB Regio i. A. Trilex and Koleje Dolnośląskie
BR 642
270 km RE 60
Rheine  - Ibbenbueren  - Osnabrück  - Bünde  - Minden  - Hanover  - Peine  - Braunschweig 3:03 9 Westfalenbahn
Stadler Dosto
259 km RE 3 Schwedt - Angermünde - Eberswalde - Bernau - Berlin - Jüterbog - Wittenberg  - Halle 4:54 2 per week DB Regio
double-deck car
253 km RE 9 / RE 19 Kassel - Leinefelde - Nordhausen - Sangerhausen - Halle - Bitterfeld 3:16 since December 2017 only from / to Halle Abellio
Bombardier Talent 2
253 km RE 20 Uelzen - Salzwedel - Stendal - Magdeburg - Köthen - Halle 3:00 divided into 2 lines DB Regio
double-deck car
252 km Black Forest Railway Karlsruhe  - Offenburg  - Villingen  - Singen  - Constance (-  Kreuzlingen ) 3:04 16 DB Regio
double-deck car
248 km RE 7
Rheine  - Münster  - Hamm  - Hagen  - Cologne  - Krefeld 3:16 8th National Express Rail
BR 442
240 km RE 4
Harz Express
Hanover - Hildesheim - Goslar - Wernigerode - Halberstadt - Aschersleben - Halle 3:05 divided into two lines DB Regio
BR 612
234 km RE 6 Hamburg-Altona  - Elmshorn  - Itzehoe  - Heide  - Husum  - Niebüll  - Westerland 2:55 16 DB Regio
Married Pair wagon
233 km RE 42
Franconia Thuringia Express
Nuremberg  - Erlangen  - Bamberg  - Lichtenfels  - Kronach  - Saalfeld  - Rudolstadt  - Jena Saalbf - Leipzig Hbf 4:15 7th DB Regio
BR 442
233 km RE 54/55


Frankfurt am Main - Hanau - Aschaffenburg - Gemünden am Main - Würzburg - Schweinfurt - Bamberg 3:00 12 DB Regio

Bombardier Twindexx

223 km RE 9 / RE 19 Kassel - Leinefelde - Nordhausen - Sangerhausen - Halle 2:56 8th Abellio
Bombardier Talent 2
221 km RE 3
Central Saxony Vogtland Express
Hof  - Plauen  - Zwickau  - Chemnitz  - Freiberg  - Dresden 2:39 17th Central German Regiobahn
Alstom Coradia Continental
218 km RE 1
NRW Express
Hamm  - Dortmund  - Essen  - Duisburg  - Düsseldorf  - Cologne  - Aachen 2:47 14th DB Regio
double-deck car
213 km RE 3 / RE 80
Nahe Express
Saarbrücken - Idar-Oberstein - Bad Kreuznach - Mainz - Frankfurt Airport - Frankfurt 2:45 16 Vlexx
LINT 54 & LINT 81
209 km RE 1
Hanse Express
Hamburg  - Büchen  - Hagenow  - Schwerin  - Bad Kleinen - Rostock 2:26 8th DB Regio
double-deck car
209 km RE 17
Sauerland Express
Hagen  - Schwerte  - Bestwig  - Brilon Forest  - Warburg  - Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe 2:56 7th DB Regio
BR 633
201 km RE 2 Uelzen  - Celle  - Hanover  - Kreiensen  - Göttingen 2:29 16 metronom  -
BR 146 & double deck car
200 km RE 30 every hour. Change with

RE 98

Kassel  - Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe  - Wabern  - Treysa  - Neustadt  - Stadtallendorf  - Kirchhain  - Marburg  - Gießen  - Frankfurt 2:11


10 (RE30)

8 (RE 98)

DB Regio double deck car (RE 30)

Hessian State Railway , FLIRT (RE 98)

192 km RE 5 (RRX)
( Emmerich am Rhein  -) Wesel  - Oberhausen  - Duisburg  - Düsseldorf  - Cologne  - Bonn  - Koblenz
(Emmerich am Rhein - Wesel: Sunday to Thursday last trip to Emmerich am Rhein - train number 28534, Monday to Friday first trip from Emmerich am Rhein - train number 28505)
3:12 National Express
BR 462
171 km Munich-Nuremberg Express Nuremberg  - Ingolstadt  - Munich 1:42 9 DB Regio
DB class 101 & open seating cars & control cars
169 km Main-Tauber-Express Aschaffenburg - Wertheim - Lauda - Crailsheim 3:05 every two hours Westfrankenbahn

DB class 628 (partly until Dec. 2019)

Siemens Desiro Classic

bold = half-hourly
normal = hourly
italics = every two hours
small = single trains
  1. a b in the Czech Republic as Express (Ex) and Eurocity (EC)
  2. a b c d e f g h Berlin / Brandenburg
  3. a b Saxony
  4. a b c d Thuringia
  5. a b Rhineland-Palatinate clock
  6. a b c d e Saxony-Anhalt
  7. a b Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
  8. a b c d e f North Rhine-Westphalia
  9. in Poland as Pospieszny (express train)
  10. Schleswig-Holstein
  11. a b Hessen

Regional express trains hauled by steam locomotives

Since the end of the 20th century, a regular steam -covered regional express - the "Rodelblitz" - has been running between Eisenach , Oberhof and Arnstadt every three or four weekends in the winter months. In 1998 this train was put in for the first time by DB Regio AG, Verkehrsbetrieb Thüringen, following an order from Nahverkehrsservicegesellschaft Thüringen mbH. Since then, the pair of trains has been an integral part of the respective annual timetable and is enjoying increasing popularity. Right from the start, the train is made up of reconditioned passenger coaches from the former Deutsche Reichsbahn . While in the first few years the locomotive 52 8075 of the IGE "Werrabahn Eisenach" e. V. pulled the train through the Thuringian Forest , the number 41 1144 of the Eisenacher Eisenbahnfreunde is now exclusively used, which has all the necessary technical equipment such as TB-0 , digital radio with train connection, etc.

Another even international steam regional express runs regularly on three to four autumn weekends from Gera in Thuringia to the Bohemian spa triangle to Cheb (Eger) / Czech Republic . The pulling set used for the "Rodelblitz" is also used. Further steam-hauled regional express trains with different themes and goals are distributed over the current year.


Since 1999, short melodies have been played in front of every, later important train station in Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. They are part of “Now the fun days are coming” in Berlin, “Who really wants to hike in joy” in Brandenburg, and “Dat du min Leevsten bust” in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.


ÖBB Dostos as Regional Express at Vienna Heiligenstadt station

For a long time, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) used the name express train for faster regional trains. Since the timetable change in December 2006, all express trains (E) and Sprinter (SPR) throughout Austria have been run as Regional Express (REX).

A Regional Express on the Austrian Federal Railways, like a regional train or an S-Bahn, usually does not run first class. However, there are a few exceptions. The IC / REX 528 from Vienna Hbf via Attnang-Puchheim to Stainach-Irdning, which only runs on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, is such an exception. In addition, the RJ 547 from Saalfelden to Vienna Airport between Saalfelden and Salzburg Hbf is run as REX 547, in the evening as RJX / REX 1012, business class tickets are not available for this section of the route. The train locomotive is always the ÖBB-Taurus .


Since the timetable change in December 2012, trains have also been run under the name Regional Express 200 , with 200 indicating the maximum speed in km / h that the train can reach on the newly opened western railway line. These trains operated exclusively on the Westbahn route between Vienna Westbahnhof and St. Pölten Hbf / Amstetten .

With the 2017/18 timetable change, the REX 200 trains, which usually consisted of an ÖBB Taurus and a few ÖBB express train coaches, were replaced by city ​​jets . Since these only reach a top speed of 160 km / h, the designation 200 has been replaced by PLUS in order to emphasize the added value compared to other REX trains.

Since the 2019/20 timetable change, there are no longer any REX PLUS trains. These are now listed as the new type of train CJX (CityJet Express) for better recognition.


Regional express trains are run on the Salzburg S-Bahn lines S 1 and S 11 under the name Local Express (LEX) .

Web links

Wiktionary: Regional-Express  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. S-Bahn for everyone
  2. RE remains RE - OE, NE, PE becomes RB! Uniform names in regional rail traffic of the VBB ( Memento from March 29, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  3. ↑ Draft timetables for the 2016 annual timetable
  4. Information on the RegionalExpress brand  in the register of the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA)
  5. Information railway nostalgia Thuringia
  6. Peter Neumann: The boss makes music in the regional express. Berliner Zeitung, August 30, 2002, accessed on September 9, 2012 .
  7. ÖBB: timetable picture KIF200. Retrieved July 31, 2018 .