Rhine-Alpine News

Night trains along Rhine-Alpine corridor: Amsterdam and more

(c) ÖBB / Harald Eisenberger

Swiss rail operator SBB CFF FFS and Austrian rail operator have officially confirmed their cooperation for expanding the network of night trains across Europe. This will make Zürich the second hub in the joint system, after Vienna. Find the details here: German language, French language, Italian language (external links).

ÖBB already runs two of their night trains along parts of the Rhine-Alpine corridor:

  • From Düsseldorf and Brussels via Frankfurt to Vienna and Munich / Innsbruck.
  • From Zürich via Frankfurt to Hamburg and Berlin.

The cooperation will significantly expand the network along the Rhine-Alpine corridor:

  • An additional night train between Amsterdam and Zürich will cover much of the corridor’s length from December 2021.
  • The Zürich – Frankfurt train segment to Hamburg will become a separate train with more capacity from 2023.
  • The remaining train Zürich – Frankfurt – Berlin will get an additional segment to Dresden and Prague.
  • Furthermore, there are plans for a new night train from Zürich to Rome.

Additional night trains with relevance to the Rhine-Alpine corridor:

  • An existing seasonal non-daily train between Hamburg, Frankfurt and Lörrach (near Basel). It is operated by “Urlaubs-Express”, which also runs seasonal overnight trains between corridor towns and holiday destinations in the Alps as well as on Sylt island at the Danish border of Germany.
  • A new relation Stockholm – Malmö – Hamburg – Brussels, actually tendered by Swedish national rail administration, will be added in a few years.

The Düsseldorf – Vienna train as well as the Hamburg – Lörrach train and some relations of “Urlaubs-Express” from Düsseldorf also carry autos.

Drusenheim-Greffern ferry temporarily closed

More than 600,000 people used this ferry in 2019 (CC, SBL 1980)

A local passenger ferry across the Rhine connects the French and the German side between Drusenheim and Greffern / Rheinmünster, north of Strasbourg. It was recently closed for planned maintenance and will reopen in early 2021.

The ferry was established in 1977 and serves local traffic as well as tourism. Usage is free of charge under an international agreement. The Département Bas-Rhin and the state of Baden-Württemberg share the costs equally. The nearest bridge is about 10km upstream. Despite being just a local connection, it carried more than 600,000 passengers in 2019. More details here (external link, German language).

2 October: Rhine-Alpine talks “Cross-Border Cooperation on Transport“

2 October 2020, 11:00 – 12:30, will see the third Rhine-Alpine talks, this time about “Cross-Border Cooperation on Transport.

The talks will see the keynotes “Cross-border continuation of the Gotthard and Ceneri Basetunnel” by Hans-Peter Vetsch, General Secretary of the Gotthard Committee, and “Interreg: Priorities for cross-border cooperation post 2020”, by Pascal Boijmans, DG Regio, Head of Unit.

Presentations will be: “Focus points of cross-border connections and regions on the Rhine-Alpine Corridor”, by Coen Mekers, Province of Gelderland; “EURODELTA-SURE – a functional urban area at transnational scale”, by Peter Pol, EURODELTA-SURE Secretary; Policy Advisor City & Region, The City of The Hague; and “Flagship Project French-German public transport”, by Werner Schreiner, Delegate of the Prime Minister for cross-border cooperation, State Chancellery Rhineland-Palatinate.

Reflection and Discussion will be with Martin Guillermo-Ramírez, Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR). The talks will be moderated by Jörg Saalbach, Director, Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.

Become part of the corridor community and register here for this meeting. Registered participants will receive their login credentials two days before the meeting!