ÖBB – the Autrian Railways – will open night train runs from Germany to Austria and Switzerland when German Railways (DB) will close all their lines. ÖBB will take over aprox. 40% of the lines.
Timetable and bookings is open.
With ÖBB night trains partly on German tracks the following will happen from the timetable change December 11, 2016.
- EN 490/491: Hamburg – Nürnberg – Passau – Wien
- EN 40490/40421: Düsseldorf – Frankfurt – Nürnberg – Passau – Wien
- EN 420/421: Düsseldorf – Frankfurt – Nürnberg – Augsburg – München – Kufstein – Innsbruck
- EN 40420/40491: Hamburg – Nürnberg – Augsburg – München – Kufstein – Innsbruck
- EN 470/471: Zürich – Basel Bad – Frankfurt – Erfurt – Berlin – Hamburg
- EN 294/295, EN 40463/40236, EN 40295/40235: München – Salzburg – Rom/Venedig/Mailand
- Zürich – Prague (via Austria)
The existing ÖBB-lines Vienna-Hamburg and Vienna-Düsseldorf will be connected with the new lines Innsbruck-Hamburg and Innsbruck-Düsseldorf to an X-shaped pair of trains with exchange of cars at Nürnberg.
Put it in another way. From the DB network, what will remain, what will be changed and what will fall out?
German Allianz pro Schiene is now super positive toward night trains and is arguing for better business environment for night trains, read it here.