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DB Bahn Long Distance

The Long Distance Business Unit provides national and cross-border long-distance rail services and road transport.

The Long Distance Business Unit provides national and cross-border long-distance rail services and road transport.

The Long Distance Business Unit comprises DB Fernverkehr AG and its associated companies, including DB AutoZug GmbH, offering motorail and night train services, DB Reise&Touristik Suisse S.A., the catering subsidiary, Ameropa-Reisen GmbH, the travel agent and tour operator, as well as the coach services Bayern Express & P. Kühn Berlin GmbH (BEX).  In 2010, DB Bahn Italia S.r.l was established as a fully consolidated subsidiary. DB Fernverkehr AG also holds a 50% share in the sales and marketing companies Alleo GmbH and Rheinalp GmbH as well as 25% in both Railteam B.V. and RailLink B.V.

DB Reise&Touristik Suisse is a catering service provider based in Basel, Switzerland. The successor of the former Mitropa AG (Mitteleuropäische Schlaf- und Speisewagen Aktiengesellschaft), it provides on-board gastronomy and catering services and operates restaurants.

Ameropa is the Bad Homburg-based tour operator established in 1951. It has since become one of the leading tour operators for short trips to destinations in Germany and its neighbouring countries. First and foremost, Ameropa specialises in rail trips.

The coach operator Bayern Express and P. Kühn Berlin GmbH (BEX) is headquartered in Berlin. Beyond sightseeing tours and excursions, the company's long distance coaches offer numerous national and international scheduled services (e.g. to Hamburg, Dresden, Prague or Copenhagen).

DB Bahn Italia is responsible for the Italian operations and marketing of the joint long distance passenger product offered by Deutsche Bahn and Austrian Railways (ÖBB) on the Munich-North Italy route, known as the Brenner route.

The Saarbrücken-based Alleo was set up in 2007 as a joint subsidiary of the French National Railways SNCF and Deutsche Bahn. This Joint Venture is responsible for marketing and developing the high-speed rail services from Frankfurt (Main) or Munich/Stuttgart to Paris as well as from Frankfurt (Main) to Marseille via Lyon.

In 2006, Swiss Railways (SBB) and Deutsche Bahn established the marketing company Rheinalp GmbH, which is based in Freiburg. The company is responsible for the marketing and further development of the already expansive range of long distance products linking Switzerland and Germany.

Railteam is the alliance of Europe’s leading high-speed railways. Full members are: Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, SNCB, Eurostar, NS Hispeed, ÖBB and SBB – Thalys and TGV Lyria are associate members. The alliance stands for cross-border rail transport at the highest speed with guaranteed service and quality criteria.

DB Fernverkehr AG provides regular national und international day-time services. To ensure this, it operates a close network of 700 daily long-distance rail services in Germany.

DB Fernverkehr AG provides regular national und international day-time services. To ensure this, it operates a close network of 700 daily long-distance rail services in Germany. Apart from national products, each day approximately 250 cross-border connections to some 80 European cities are on offer – mainly in cooperation with partner railways. This enables DB Fernverkehr with its ICEs, ICs and ECs to carry approximately 340,000 customers to their destinations every day.

DB Fernverkehr's decided aim is to provide our customers with a compelling offer based on our promise of fast and comfortable connections in combination with attractive fares. Consequently, the main focus of our activities is on product and service quality to warrant efficient and reliant operations for our customers. Customer orientation is a key factor in achieving these aims.

An important instrument of customer retention is the BahnCard, which comes in three versions: BahnCard 25, BahnCard 50, and BahnCard 100. BahnCard 25 is intended especially for families and all those customers who only occasionally travel by train but still wish to take advantage of reduced fares. BahnCard 25 grants 25% reduction on the full fare or saverfares for long-distance travel. BahnCard 50 grants 50% reduction on the full fare for long-distance travel and suits frequent rail travellers best who want to travel flexibly and save at the same time. Frequent travellers will find BahnCard 100 ideal for both business and private use. Holders of this card can use Deutsche Bahn services with full flexibility in Germany without having to purchase another ticket. BahnCard 25 and BahnCard 50 offer plenty of other discounts for spouses and partners, children and selected other groups, such as students and senior citizens. The BahnCard was first introduced in 1992 and has since undergone continuous development. By mid-2012 the number of BahnCard holders had reached approx. 4.7 m.

Additional benefits such as the bahn.bonus programme, the bahn.bonus comfort-status or the option to include further services, e.g. the integrated CityTicket at your destination of long-distance travel, as well as many other discounts and benefits provided by cooperation partners, make it a comprehensive loyalty and mobility card. Since 2009, an additional credit card function is available for the BahnCard. These offers are complemented by target group specific marketing strategies. Aside from regular ticket deals offering especially attractive fares, they include special deals addressed at certain customer groups.



Business areas:

National and international long distance services

Head Office:

DB Fernverkehr AG
Stephensonstr. 1
60326 Frankfurt, Germany

 Management Board:

Berthold Huber (Chairman)
Andreas Busemann (Operations)
Ulrike Haber-Schilling (Human Resources) starting 1 September 2012

Wolfgang Heinrichs (Finance)
Dr. Manuel Rehkopf (Marketing)

Shareholder:

DB Mobility Logistics AG (100%)