Transport association Bremen / Lower Saxony

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Northwest Metropolitan Region

The Verkehrsverbund Bremen / Niedersachsen GmbH (VBN) is a transport association founded in 1996 by companies involved in local public transport in the greater Bremen area and north-west Lower Saxony .

The network area includes the cities of Bremen, Bremerhaven , Delmenhorst and Oldenburg , the neighboring districts of Ammerland , Diepholz , Oldenburg , Osterholz , Verden and Wesermarsch as well as fourteen municipalities in the districts of Cuxhaven , Nienburg and Rotenburg . It thus corresponds in large parts to the Northwest Metropolitan Region , with which it is not, however, completely congruent. For example, areas of the Rotenburg (Wümme) district, which in its entirety belongs to the Hamburg metropolitan region, are also part of the VBN network.

In 2018, 27.7 million tickets with a value of 226 million euros were sold to around 176.6 million passengers.


The legal predecessor was the Bremen / Lower Saxony transport association , which in 1989 issued its first tickets recognized by all transport companies involved .

In order to distribute the functions of buyer and provider of local transport services to different organizations, the Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund Bremen / Niedersachsen (ZVBN for short) was founded in September 1996 . The task of the Zweckverband as an organ of the regional authorities is to plan and order the road-bound local public transport in the area of ​​the association.

The VBN itself was formed a month later as an amalgamation of the providers of transport services in the network area. At this point in time, a network tariff was introduced which enables the use of all public road and rail transport with uniform tickets .


The range of tickets includes a range of tickets for cash sales and season tickets available in advance. Bar tickets are u. a. issued individually and as four cards. There is a youth leisure ticket especially for young people under the age of 21 , which costs € 20.70 per month (as of February 1, 2020) and allows them to use all means of transport throughout the VBN.

To determine the fare, the network area is divided into tariff zones, which can be seen in the tariff area map. For each zone crossed during a journey, including the exit zone, payment of a further price level is due.

There are eight price levels with the designations A to H, whereby A allows travel within one tariff zone, G travel through seven zones and H that of the entire network area. Special price levels apply to the urban areas of Bremen, Bremerhaven, Delmenhorst, Nordenham, Oldenburg and Verden as well as the communities or parts of the community that are directly adjacent to the city of Bremen.

The ROW tariff applies to the Rotenburg district outside the VBN .

Omnibus line numbers

The systematically designated lines facilitate planning of offers and customer information. The VBN divided the network area into timetable areas, each of which was assigned a digit from 0 to 9, with which the numbers of the transport lines begin. This results in three-digit line numbers, with leading zeros in the Bremen timetable area.

Digit area
0 City of Bremen
1 District of Diepholz, City of Syke
2 Delmenhorst, Oldenburg district
3 City of Oldenburg, Ammerland district
4th Wesermarsch district
5 Bremerhaven, District of Cuxhaven (associated)
6th District of Osterholz, single lines district of Vechta
7th Verden district
8th Rotenburg district (associated)
9 Single lines in the district of Cloppenburg

Local rail transport

In the area of local rail passenger transport , the lines are marked as follows: The lines of the Regio-S-Bahn with RS, Regionalexpresse and similar fast trains with RE and regional trains and similar trains with RB.

Route network of the Regio-S-Bahn
Lines in the VBN area
Line number Line course EVU
IC 56 / RE 56 ((Norddeich / Mole) - Norddeich) - Emden - Leer - Augustfehn - Oldenburg - Hude - Delmenhorst - Bremen - No local traffic: Verden - Hanover - Magdeburg - (Leipzig Hbf) DB long-distance transport
RS 1 Verden - Bremen Hbf - Bremen-Vegesack - Bremen-Farge NWB
RS 2 Bremerhaven-Lehe - Bremen - Twistringen NWB
RS 3 Bremen Hbf - Oldenburg - (Bad Zwischenahn) NWB
RS 4 Bremen Hbf - Delmenhorst - Hude - Nordenham NWB
RE 1 (Norddeich / Mole - Norddeich) - Emden - Leer - Augustfehn - Oldenburg - Hude - Delmenhorst - Bremen - Verden - Eystrup - Hanover DB Regio
RE 4 Bremen Hbf - Rotenburg (Wümme) - Tostedt - Hamburg Hbf metronome
RE 8 Bremerhaven-Lehe - Bremerhaven - Bremen - Verden - Eystrup - Hanover DB Regio
RE 9 Bremerhaven-Lehe - Bremen - (Kirchweyhe - Twistringen - Lemförde - Osnabrück ) DB Regio
RE 18 Wilhelmshaven - Rastede - Oldenburg - Ahlhorn - Osnabrück NWB
RE 19 Wilhelmshaven - Rastede - Oldenburg - Hude - Delmenhorst - Bremen NWB
RB 33 Cuxhaven - Dorum - Bremerhaven Hbf - Frelsdorf - Bremervörde - Buxtehude EVB
RB 37 Bremen central station - Achim - Langwedel - Visselhövede - Soltau - (Uelzen) Erixx
RB 41 Bremen Hbf - Rotenburg (Wümme) - Tostedt - Hamburg Hbf metronome
RB 58 Bremen Hbf - Wildeshausen - Vechta - Osnabrück NWB
RB 76 Rotenburg (Wümme) - Verden EVB
small: outside the VBN; in brackets: some journeys

Timetable areas

The following timetables appear annually in the VBN:

  • for the city of Bremen there is a timetable for each line
  • Regional timetable (contains the regional buses - without the city buses - in the district of Oldenburg, in the district of Osterholz-Scharmbeck, in the district of Diepholz, in the city of Delmenhorst, in the district of Wesermarsch, and partly in the district of Rotenburg (Wümme) and in the district of Cuxhaven)
  • Timetable book Bremerhaven City & Region
  • Timetable book Oldenburg city & region
  • Timetable book Delmenhorst city & region

There is also a route network map for each district.

Traffic Company

In the VBN, over 30 municipal and private transport companies for public rail and road transport are closely networked.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. About us. Accessed February 16, 2020 .
  2. Group report 2018/2019. Verkehrsverbund Bremen / Niedersachsen GmbH, accessed on February 16, 2020 .
  3. tasks // zvbn. Accessed February 16, 2020 .
  4. Jugend-FreizeitTicket. Accessed February 16, 2020 .
  5. The transport company. Accessed February 16, 2020 .