Day two of the GDL strike: DB's replacement timetables operate smoothly again


Day two of the GDL strike: DB's replacement timetables operate smoothly again

12. August 2021, 05:30 o'Clock

Article: Day two of the GDL strike: DB's replacement timetables operate smoothly again

Replacement schedules again in use on Thursday • Details are available in the timetable information feature on and in the DB Navigator app • Free strike hotline • DB's customers benefit from company's goodwill arrangements

Deutsche Bahn's replacement timetables for long-distance and local services got off to another smooth start on day two of the strike by GDL, the German train drivers' union. On Wednesday, the number of long-distance trains was some 25% of its normal level. About 40% of DB Regio's trains were in operation, but precise figures varied considerably between the country's different regions. The company plans to provide the same level of service on Thursday. Nevertheless, the marked reduction in operations compared to a normal day means that passengers must continue to brace themselves for considerable difficulties when travelling. DB expects that some trains running on Thursday will again be very full. 

As a result, the company is once more unable to guarantee that all passengers will get to their destinations as planned, so it has renewed its advice to people to postpone any journeys that are not absolutely essential. Anyone who has to travel should make sure they have all the information necessary for their trip before starting out. DB has also put an array of goodwill arrangements into action for the benefit of customers.  

The replacement timetables are available in the timetable information on and in DB Navigator. Information is also available from the free strike hotline: 08000 99 66 33 (within Germany). 

GDL will continue its strike until 2 am on Friday. Operations will then revert to DB's normal timetable, but there may still be some restrictions as services start on Friday. 

To ensure travelers enjoy a safe journey together, DB is calling on people to be as considerate as possible towards one another. Train staff will help passengers to find seats that ensure they are evenly spread throughout their train. In addition, during travel, DB continues to clean its long-distance trains twice as often as before the pandemic. DB Services' cleaning teams are not affected by the GDL strike. Passengers can use DB Navigator to buy and display tickets on their devices, and people on board DB trains must still wear masks when travelling. During the strike, DB continues to rely on its tried-and-tested safety and hygiene measures for its trains. 

Goodwill arrangements
DB is extending the validity of tickets for long-distance services affected by the GDL strike. These tickets can now be used flexibly up to and including 20 August. Holders of Sparpreis and Super Sparpreis saver fares will not be restricted to the trains printed on their tickets. They can make their journeys using other trains, including local services (RE, RB, IRE and S-Bahn). In addition, travelers can apply to have their tickets refunded free of charge. Further information is available at In addition, DB's general passenger rights guidelines apply in the event of delays or train cancellations.