Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof

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Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof
Operations
Category 2 [1]
Platforms in use

13

  • 7 through tracks
  • 6 terminal tracks
DS100 code SKL
Station code 3082
Construction and location
Opened 1848
Location Kaiserslautern
State Rhineland-Palatinate
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
49°26′9″N 7°46′8″E / 49.43583°N 7.76889°E / 49.43583; 7.76889
Route information
List of railway stations in Rhineland-Palatinate

Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof is a through-station in the German city of Kaiserslautern and one of seven stations in the city. It is a stop on the Rhine-Neckar S-Bahn and Deutsche Bahn’s Intercity-Express network and a hub for all the regional trains of the western Palatinate. On 10 June 2007, the Rhealys high-speed rail consortium established a service with a stop in Kaiserslautern, reducing travel time to Paris to two and a half hours.

In 2003, the station building was renovated and it now houses among other things, a service point and several shops. The station provides step-free access to all platforms. The redesigned Kaiserslautern station forecourt includes a busy bus station, allowing a convenient transfer between bus and rail. Buses run to the University of Kaiserslautern, Betzenberg and the central bus interchanges at Schillerplatz and Rathaus, where there are connections to all bus routes.

Prior to the closure of the Einsiedlerhof marshalling yard, Kaiserslautern was a significant rail freight hub.

History[edit]

Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof was opened in 1848 along with the Homburg–Kaiserslautern section of the Palatine Ludwig Railway. The Palatine Ludwig Railway is still the most important line serving the station.

On 16 May 1871 the Alsenz Valley Railway was completed from Bad Münster to Hochspeyer; its trains ran into Kaiserslautern. To shorten the route for long-distance traffic, a line was opened on 15 May 1875 between Kaiserslautern and Enkenbach (at the closest point on the Alsenz Valley Railway), allowing trains to run between Kaiserslautern, Bad Kreuznach and the Ruhr and between Kaiserslautern, Worms and Frankfurt without having to pass through Hochspeyer. The Lauter Valley Railway was opened on 15 November 1883 between Kaiserslautern and Lauterecken-Grumbach. In 1913 the Kaiserslautern–Waldfischbach line opened, completing the Biebermühl Railway to Pirmasens.

Connections[edit]

TGV on the way to Paris
InterCity train hauled by DB Class 120 locomotive in Kaiserslautern on the way to Saarbrücken

There are the following long-distance and local transport connections:

Long distance[edit]

Line Route Frequency
ICE 82 Paris – Saarbrücken – Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Frankfurt (Main) Five pairs of trains
ICE 50 Saarbrücken – Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Frankfurt (Main) – Erfurt – Leipzig – Dresden One pair of trains
IC/EC 62 Saarbrücken – Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – München – Salzburg Occasional
IC 50 Saarbrücken – Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Darmstadt – Frankfurt (Main) Occasional
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
towards Paris Est
ICE/TGV 82

S-Bahn and DB regional[edit]

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
RE 60
Terminus
Terminus RB 64
Biebermühlbahn
RB 65
Alsenztalbahn
Terminus
Terminus RB 66
Lautertalbahn
RB 67
Landstuhl–Kusel railway
toward Kusel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2014" [Station price list 2014] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof at Wikimedia Commons