Travelling by train during the coronavirus pandemic

Under the current circumstances, there are many factors that affect your journey. We have all of the information you need for a safe and pleasant journey.

3G rule applies at DB

As of 24 November, the 3G rule applies on trains and buses of Deutsche Bahn (DB). All passengers must carry proof of a negative COVID-19 test with them unless they are vaccinated or have previously recovered from the virus. In introducing this rule, DB is implementing the latest decisions of the German federal and state governments aimed at stemming the COVID-19 pandemic. DB security and conducting staff will carry out random checks of passengers on the trains.

The new regulations require DB passengers to carry proof of one of the following:

  • Full vaccination (the last required vaccination dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior)
  • Recovery (no more than 90 days prior)
  • Test (a documented, negative rapid antigen test carried out under supervision (no self-tests allowed) and no older than 24 hours at the time of departure, or a valid PCR test)

Rules for children up to 6 years and school students

The following groups of individuals are exempt from this rule on the basis of decisions taken by the German Federal Government and the German Länder:

  • Children under the age of 6
  • School students on school days

During holiday periods, for example during the Christmas holidays, the 3G rules also apply to school students.

Questions and answers about the new 3G rule

DB security and conducting staff randomly check 3G documents on trains. This includes some 4,200 DB Security personnel and around 5,000 service and monitoring staff employed by or contracted by DB on S-Bahn, RE and RB trains.

There will also be country-specific safety partnerships in metropolitan and regional service aimed at enforcing the 3G rule

No, children under the age of 6 and schoolchildren are exempt from the rule. During the holiday period, the new rules also apply to school students.

If a passenger is unable to show 3G proof, security and conducting staff will ask the passenger to get off at the next stop and obtain the 3G proof at a testing station. Violation of the 3G rule is an administrative offence punishable by a fine from the authorities.
If DB has to issue an exclusion from carriage, it can ask the Federal Police for assistance in the event that problems arise.

Yes, the rule also applies to service, security and conducting staff on the train.

Of course, cancellations are possible at the applicable rates for many tickets. No additional goodwill arrangements will be made.

Topics at a glance:

Travel regulations

Planning and booking journeys

The flexible use of tickets purchased before 13 March is unfortunately no longer possible. As We want you to have the greatest possible flexibility when planning a summer trip, so we have put all of the necessary details regarding connections, conditions and booking options together for you here.

Safe travel

We are doing everything we can to ensure you can enjoy safe and stress-free travel. An overview of essential information is available here.