Travelling by train during the coronavirus pandemic
What do travellers need to know? We have summarised the most important information to help you plan a safe and relaxing journey.
Questions and answers
- There is no longer a 3G rule for long-distance trains. You therefore no longer need to provide proof of a test result, vaccination or recovery to travel on long-distance trains
- There are different regulations for regional transport, where local rules apply.
It is still compulsory to wear a medical-grade mask on Deutsche Bahn trains and on local public transport. We recommend using an FFP2 mask.
Masks are generally not compulsory at railway stations or in outside areas at the current time. However, we ask you to be considerate of other travellers. This rule may differ between the individual federal states, so please check the coronavirus rules in the relevant state.
Please wear an FFP2 or medical-grade mask when travelling on our trains.
To comply with public health requirements, please wear an FFP2 or medical-grade mask on board the train. Pay attention to local announcements and information from the train crew.
Legal regulations set by the German federal states apply. These are available on the Federal Government's website.
Security staff perform random checks to ensure that people comply with mask-wearing regulations. If a passenger repeatedly refuses to comply with mask-wearing requirements, DB staff can ban them from travelling. In the event of a conflict, the police will be requested to enforce the ban.
Protecting the health of its employees and passengers is Deutsche Bahn's top priority. People who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons are exempt from doing so. DB's train crews are, within the scope of privacy regulations, entitled to ask passengers to produce a medical certificate as proof of exemption. Therefore, please always carry an appropriate medical certificate with you.
We do not recommend using a mask with an exhalation valve. Some federal states do not permit their use on public transport. We recommend that you obtain a printed or digital version of the relevant certificate (e.g. EN 14683:2019-10) when using a multi-layer fabric mask permitted in line with states' regulations. Bring this certificate with you when travelling by train and present it to the train crew if asked.
Safe and hygienic travel
The general hygiene guidelines issued by Germany’s Robert Koch Institute are in force on our train and bus services and at our stations. These and other regulations can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Other hygiene recommendations and safety measures from DB
- Maintain a suitable distance from fellow passengers and DB staff.
- At stations, we have installed plexiglass panels at our DB Travel Centres and information desks.
- Our train attendants scan tickets or perform visual checks to confirm validity.
We are in continuous communication with Germany’s interior ministry, national and regional healthcare authorities, and national and regional transport ministries. Whenever the situation regarding public health changes, we are in a position to react with speed and flexibility.
Travel safely: Information about all our hygiene measures and tips for your next journey are available here: Safe travel on Deutsche Bahn’s trains