Bielefeld Stadtbahn

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Bielefeld Stadtbahn
Locale Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Transit type Light rail (Stadtbahn)
Number of lines 4[1] (with 4 more supplemental lines)[2]
Number of stations 62[2][3]
Annual ridership 32.77 million (2012)[2]
Website moBiel
Began operation 1991[3]
Operator(s) moBiel
Number of vehicles 76[2][3]
System length 36.9 km (22.9 mi)[2][3]
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Average speed 22.6 km/h (14.0 mph)[2][3]
System map

Stadtbahnnetzplan Bielefeld.svg

The Bielefeld Stadtbahn is a metre gauge light rail (i.e. Stadtbahn) network in the German city of Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The system does include some segments built to rapid transit standards. It is operated by moBiel, a subsidiary of the Bielefeld municipal authority (Stadtwerke). It served 32.77 million passengers in 2012.[2]


The old tram (Straßenbahn) network was rebuilt into a three-line Stadtbahn (light rail) network between 1978 and 1991, with the official inauguration of the Stadtbahn in 1991.[3] A fourth line was built to the university area and added to the network in 2002.


Hours of operation and frequencies[edit]

Trains run until 1 a.m. every day, with service starting at 4:30 a.m. every weekday, at 6:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays and public holidays. Trains run every 5–10 minutes during the day and at least every 15 minutes late night and Sundays. On weekend nights, there is an hourly service, so there is a proposal for 24-hour service.


The Bielefeld Stadtbahn is made up of four lines, with a total track length of 66.3 kilometres (41.2 mi).[2][3] The mailine network operates over a total route length of 36.9 kilometres (22.9 mi),[2][3] serving 62 stops,[2][3] of which seven are underground stations.[1]

Line Route
1 Schildesche – Hauptbahnhof – Jahnplatz – BethelBrackwedeSenne
2 MilseBaumheideHauptbahnhof – Jahnplatz – Sieker
3 Babenhausen-Süd – Hauptbahnhof – Jahnplatz – Sieker Mitte – Stieghorst Zentrum
4 LohmannshofUniversitätHauptbahnhof – Jahnplatz – Rathaus (– Obernstraße)

Future service[edit]

In 2013 the municipal council decided to build a new Line "5" from the Kunsthalle Bielefeld via Jahnplatz and Kesselbrink to Heepen, with an opening planned for 2019. However, a citizens initiative voted against proceeding with this extension in 2014.[4]



Inline references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "StadtBahn-Netz - Die Linien der StadtBahn und ihre Umgebung" [Stadtbahn Network - The Lines of the Stadtbahn and Its Environs] (in German). moBiel. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Zahlen & Fakten" [Numbers & Facts] (in German). moBiel. May 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "StadtBahn - Immer auf Erfolgsschiene" [StadtBahn - Always on Track to Success] (in German). moBiel. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  4. ^ "moBiel-Stellungnahme zum »Nein« bei der Bürgerabstimmung zum StadtBahn-Ausbau" [moBiel's opinion on "No" vote when citizens voted on light rail expansion] (in German). moBiel. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 


  • Schwandl, Robert (2012). Schwandl's Tram Atlas Deutschland (in German and English) (3rd ed.). Berlin: Robert Schwandl Verlag. pp. 14–15. ISBN 9783936573336. 

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Coordinates: 52°02′21″N 8°29′49″E / 52.03917°N 8.49694°E / 52.03917; 8.49694