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Tübingen Hauptbahnhof

Coordinates: 48°30′57″N 9°03′21″E / 48.51578°N 9.055846°E / 48.51578; 9.055846
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Tübingen Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn
Through station
General information
LocationTübingen, Baden-Württemberg
Coordinates48°30′57″N 9°03′21″E / 48.51578°N 9.055846°E / 48.51578; 9.055846
Owned byDeutsche Bahn
Operated by
Platforms7 (1–3, 5–6, 12–13)
ArchitectJosef Schlierholz
Architectural styleRundbogenstil
Other information
Station code6279
DS100 codeTT
Fare zonenaldo: 111[1]
Opened1862; 162 years ago (1862)
Electrified7 October 1934; 89 years ago (1934-10-07)
50,000 (2007)[2]
Preceding station DB Fernverkehr Following station
Reutlingen Hbf
towards Dresden Hbf
IC 55 Terminus
Preceding station DB Regio Baden-Württemberg Following station
Reutlingen Hbf IRE 6a Mössingen
towards Aulendorf
IRE 6b Kiebingen
towards Rottenburg
Tübingen-Lustnau RB 63 Tübingen West
towards Herrenberg
towards Horb or Pforzheim Hbf
RB 74 Terminus
Preceding station Following station
Reutlingen Hbf IRE 6 Terminus
Reutlingen Hbf MEX 12
Reutlingen Hbf
towards Osterburken
MEX 18
Terminus RB 66 Tübingen-Derendingen
towards Sigmaringen
Tübingen is located in Baden-Württemberg
Location in Baden-Württemberg
Tübingen is located in Germany
Location in Germany
Tübingen is located in Europe
Location in Europe

Tübingen Hauptbahnhof is the largest station in the university town of Tübingen and the district of Tübingen, and a transport hub in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.


The station is located south of the centre of the old town on the opposite side of the Neckar. It was originally built in open fields, that are now the southern Tübingen districts of Derendingen and Südstadt. In 1960 a bus station was established in the station forecourt (Europaplatz), which is now used by 34 bus routes daily, connecting the station to the entire city.


The line now forming the Plochingen–Immendingen railway, then called the Obere Neckarbahn (Upper Neckar Railway), was opened from Plochingen to Reutlingen in 1859. It was extended to Tübingen and Rottenburg am Neckar in 1861. The line was then further extended in several stages until 1870, when it finally reached Immendingen on the Black Forest Railway, connecting to Lake Constance. This provided the rail link to the capital of the former Kingdom of Württemberg for the then 8,000 residents of Tübingen and about 30,000 residents in the administrative district of Oberamt Tübingen that then included Tübingen. In 1861/1862, the still preserved station building was built to a design by the architect Josef Schlierholz. At the same time an engine depot was established in Tübingen. From 1867 to 1874, the Royal Württemberg State Railways built the Hohenzollern Railway (Hohenzollernbahn or Hohenzollern Railway, later called the Zollernalbbahn or Zollernalb Railway) from Tübingen via Hechingen to Sigmaringen, forming the Tübingen–Sigmaringen railway and making Tübingen into a railway junction. Once the Ammer Valley Railway from Herrenberg was connected to Tübingen on 1 May 1910, the present form of the rail junction was largely achieved. In 1916, an underpass was built to the two island platforms,[3] the entrance building was extended to the west with the construction of the so-called exit hall,[4] the interior of the entrance building was rebuilt and the platforms were covered.[5] Apart from changes of use, in particular the conversion of waiting rooms and storage areas to shops and restaurants, and minor changes, such as the removal of the platform barriers, it is largely unchanged since then.[6]

Air raid shelters were set up in the basement of the entrance building in 1937.[7]

Current operations[edit]

Layout of the station[edit]

Aerial view of the station

The Tübingen Hauptbahnhof now has eight running lines, five of which are equipped with platforms: track 1 is the main platform track, the two island platforms are bordered by tracks 2/3 and 5/6. On the island platforms there are also the bay platforms 9–12, of which only 12 is used for passenger operations. At the western end of the main platform there is another bay platform, track 13. The former freight yard was to the west of the station, close to the engine depot and the Ammer Valley Railway, Zollernalb Railway and Upper Neckar Railway. Only a few of its tracks are still in use for stabling trains.

All tracks have LCD destination displays for passenger information. There is also a Deutsche Bahn service point and a travel centre. Two restaurants and various shops are available for visitors. The station also has a federal police station and a contact point of the Bahnhofsmission (a charity).

Tübingen Hauptbahnhof is not accessible for the handicapped, but DB Station&Service is implementing a development plan to overcome this problem during 2011 as part of the station modernisation program of Baden-Württemberg;[8][9] work started in the spring of 2010. In the course of this work platforms will also be raised, circulation areas will be modernised and the infrastructure will be better aligned with operating requirements.


Long distance services[edit]

Until the new timetable in December 2009, there were no scheduled long-distance services to Tübingen. Since the timetable change in December 2009, Intercity trains have served Tübingen.

Line Route Frequency
IC 55 DresdenLeipzigHalleMagdeburgBraunschweigHanoverBielefeldDortmundHagenWuppertalCologneBonnKoblenzMainzMannheimHeidelbergStuttgartPlochingenReutlingenTübingen 1 train pair

Regional services[edit]

The following Interregio-Express (IRE), Regional-Express (RE) and Regionalbahn (RB) services operate:

Line Route Frequency Operator
IRE 6a Aulendorf – Herbertingen – Sigmaringen – Albstadt-Ebingen – Balingen – Hechingen – Tübingen (train split/joined) – ReutlingenStuttgart Every two hours DB Regio Baden-Württemberg
IRE 6b Rottenburg –
IRE 6 Tübingen – Reutlingen – Metzingen – Stuttgart SWEG Bahn Stuttgart
MEX 12 Tübingen – Reutlingen – Metzingen – Bempflingen – Nürtingen – Oberboihingen – WendlingenPlochingenEsslingen – Stuttgart – Heilbronn – (Mosbach-Neckarelz) Hourly
– Stuttgart Additional peak hour services
MEX 18 Tübingen – Reutlingen – Metzingen – Nürtingen – Wendlingen – Plochingen – Esslingen – Stuttgart – Heilbronn – Osterburken Hourly
The MEX 12 and MEX 18 lines offer services between Tübingen and Heilbronn almost every half hour
RB 63 HerrenbergTübingen – Reutlingen – Metzingen (– Bad Urach) Herrenberg–Metzingen: every 30 minutes;

Metzingen–Bad Urach: hourly

DB Regio Baden-Württemberg
RB 66 Tübingen – Dußlingen – Nehren – Mössingen – Bodelshausen – Hechingen – Bisingen – Balingen – Albstadt-Ebingen (– Sigmaringen) 60 minutes (to Albstadt),
120 minutes (to Sigmaringen)
SWEG Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs-AG
Additional RB 66 trains Mon–Fri during rush hour between Tübingen and Hechingen
RB 74 Tübingen – Rottenburg – Horb (– Nagold – Calw – Pforzheim) 60 minutes (to Horb or Pforzheim with a change in Horb), 120 minutes (without change to Pforzheim) DB Regio Baden-Württemberg


After the planned completion of the Stuttgart 21 project, it is planned to operate four trains per hour each way between Stuttgart and Tübingen from December 2025. Two pairs of trains per hour will stop in Nürtingen and Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station, running via the proposed Little Wendlingen Curve and a section of the new Wendlingen–Ulm high-speed line. Two pairs of trains an hour will run via Plochingen. Diesel powered tilting trains will no longer run on the line, because they will be banned in the new Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof.[10]

Services will operate via Stuttgart to Heilbronn, Mannheim, Aalen and Karlsruhe providing connections without requiring changes of trains.[11]

The renovation of the Tübingen train station is considered by the Deutsche Bahn as a priority and will be carried out within the scope of the Europaplatz project. The administration developed the concept with DB and in close coordination with the preservation of historical monuments.[12]


  1. ^ "naldo-Tarifwabenplan" (PDF). Verkehrsverbund Neckar-Alb-Donau. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Bahnhofsmodernisierungsprogramm Baden-Württemberg" (PDF) (in German). VCD Baden-Württemberg an die NVBW Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH. 3 September 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  3. ^ Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14636 Tübingen Hbf: Bahnsteigunterführung bei km 48+731,92 - Grundriss Treppe 1 - 3
  4. ^ Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14647 Tübingen Hbf: Empf.Verwaltungsgeb.Anbau Ausgangshalle
  5. ^ Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14621 Tübingen Hbf: Empfangsgebäude Überdachung Bahnsteig 2
  6. ^ Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14646 Tübingen Hbf: Empfangsgebäude Verwaltungsgebäude Grundriss Erdgeschoss
  7. ^ Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14653 Tübingen Hbf: Einbau eines Luftschutzraumes Empfangsgeb
  8. ^ Bahnhofs-Modernisierungsprogramm Baden-Württemberg
  9. ^ Hauptbahnhof soll endlich barrierefrei werden, Schwäbisches Tagblatt Tübingen, 28 October 2009
  10. ^ "Stellungnahme von SMA und Partner AG zu Veröffentlichungen von vertraulichen Sitzungsunterlagen" (PDF) (in German). SMA und Partner. 28 July 2010. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF, 65 kB) on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  11. ^ Dagmar Starke (October 2010). "Angebotskonzept SPNV 2020" (PDF) (in German). Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  12. ^ "Wie der Tübinger Europaplatz Mitte der 20er Jahre aussehen soll" (in German). www.tagblatt.de. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2020.