Here’s what the symbols in the timetable mean

We explain the terms of the individual symbols.

Symbols in the timetable


This train stops at an airport.


This is a train with cars that are uncoupled at a specific station and continue from there to another destination. In the railroad cosmos this is called a winged cable. In simple terms, it is a train that splits at a specific stop on the link.


Seat reservations are recommended for this train, as experience has shown that many travelers use it (z.B. Work or vacation traffic).


This train runs with an on-board restaurant.


There is an on-board bistro on this train.


This train is running with a bicycle car. To take your bike with you, you need an extra bike ticket

Bicycle in the box

This train runs with a bike compartment. To take your bike with you, you need a reservation and a bike ticket.

Crossed hammers

This train runs on weekdays only.


This train runs on Sundays and general holidays: 1. Christmas Day (25.12.), 2. Christmas Day (26.12.), New Year’s Day (1.1.), Good Friday, Easter Monday, 1. May, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Day of German Unity.

On bahn.en& in the DB Navigator

Triangle with exclamation mark

There are special features or irregularities on the route: these include sections of road works, increased passenger volume, seat reservation is not possible or we recommend seat reservation. If you click on bahn.If you move the mouse over the exclamation mark, the exact reason is displayed directly.

What does "does not run daily" mean?? in the timetable

"does not drive daily" means.

that the selected train does not run every weekday, but for example only on Friday and Sunday as an extra train. To see this in detail, click on "Traffic days" – the calendar that appears marks the days on which the train runs or does not run. Alternatively, we name the days when the train does not run.

Crossed out seat

You cannot reserve a seat on this section of the connection.

Long-distance trains


On this connection runs the Intercity-Express, a high-speed train and the fastest connection of the German Railways.

ICE Sprinter

The ICE Sprinter is an Intercity-Express, which runs directly between metropolises within Germany.


This connection is served by the Eurocity, an international passenger train. Wagons of foreign railroad companies are also in service here.


This route is served by the Eurocity-Express, an international passenger train. Wagons of foreign railroad companies are also in use here.


This connection is served by the Intercity, a passenger train. Compared to the ICE, the IC also stops in smaller cities.

Our fastest ICE – the ICE 3.

Our newest InterCity – the IC2

The first ECE (left) – runs daily between Frankfurt and Milan.

Trains in regional traffic


This route is served by the Regional-Express.


On this connection, the regional train will run.


This connection is served by the S-Bahn.


The Interregio-Express is a train type of DB Regio, which operates only in some German federal states. For example, the Interregio Express between Berlin and Hamburg.

A regional express train changing passengers.

A regional train entering the station.

A suburban train on the platform.

If you have any questions about the symbols and explanations, we look forward to your feedback in the comments.

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D-trains are also still available in isolated cases?

The new seats in the ICE 4 and ICE 3 redesign cause back problems for many passengers. In addition, the seats are narrower, press down the neck area of the traveler, have less legroom and no adjustable backrest. In addition, in these vehicles one is maltreated with bright lights.

As these trains have a much lower comfort level than the other ICE types, these train types should be marked in the timetable in order to warn the travelers or the passengers. To give the possibility to choose other connections.

It is also important to note that the departure time printed is a non-binding estimate. In the last weeks it is correct at ca. 50% of the traits.

[Edited on 02.08.2018 at 16:15:16]

I’d love it if you could actually see the icons too! :-) and "Bahnkosmus" must be "Bahnkosmos"!

many thanks for the hints. We have adapted the rail cosmos. Unfortunately we could not yet organize the icons as an overview.

Unfortunately, it seems to be a big problem to "organize" the icons. Strange, I’ve had this and thousands of other symbols – now long since eliminated – on my PC for years – even for processing in Office documents.

Well, the last printed timetables were available days/weeks AFTER the timetable change…Probably the pictograms accidentally ended up on the garbage heap of railroad history at that time.

By the way, in the past, "carriage" was not called "wing train" but "course carriage", which were wonderful direct connections that encouraged vacationers – even with luggage – to travel on vacation without changing trains. Were unfortunately too elaborate for the railroad. Unfortunately, this discourages the vacationer on the journey (Fern-Express) from Remagen to Berchtesgaden, which was quite possible without changing trains at that time, that he now has 3-5 highly explosive crossings with several narrow local trains on this route.

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