Market figures 2018/2019
Rail improves its position in intermodal competition
The competition figures for 2018/19 are available to download under the link on the right. These contain details of the trends and developments in the German and European transport market, especially in the rail sector. Here are a few highlights:
- Climate protection needs Strong Rail
Taking the train protects the climate. Modernising mobility in Germany means shifting traffic to rail. Over 90% of the transport volume handled by the railways is today already provided using electricity. At 57%, the share of renewable electricity in DB's traction power mix far exceeds that of the public electricity grid. The greenhouse gas emissions per passenger/km or tonne/km of DB's trains are far lower than those of other modes of transport: 1 gram in long-distance transport thanks to 100% renewable power, 51 grams at DB Regio and 20 grams for DB Cargo's freight trains. Long-distance buses and inland navigation each emit 32 grams of CO2.
- In passenger transport, rail improves its position relative to other modes of transport
In passenger transport in Germany, rail increased its market share from 8.5% to 8.7% in 2018. Road saw an equivalent fall in percentage terms from 84.3% to 84.1%. These figures are based on transport volume. Long-distance rail transport – including new services from Flix Train – made the largest contribution to rail's growth. In 2019, DB expects around 150 million passengers to use its long-distance trains – a new record.
- Rail freight maintains steady market share
Rail freight transport achieved a market share of 19.2% in 2018, which was little changed from the previous year (19.3%). The share of road freight grew over the same period from 70.1% in 2017 to 71.8%.
- Competition among rail companies remains strong
Compared to 2017, DB Regio's competitors increased their share of the train kilometres ordered by 0.6 percentage points to 33.8% or 228 million train kilometres. DB Regio accounted for 448 million train kilometres. In freight transport, DB Cargo's competitors increased their market share to 52.8% or 71.9 billion tonne kilometres.
- Operating performance of German rail network grows
For DB's rail network, these trends represented a 1.1% increase in operating performance to 1.085 million train-path kilometres (2017: 1.073 million train-path kilometres). Deutsche Bahn's 422 competitors in 2018 (2017: 414) accounted for around a third of total operating performance in passenger and freight transport.