Trier Hauptbahnhof

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Trier Hauptbahnhof
Through station
Station building and forecourt.
Location Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate
Coordinates 49°45′25″N 06°39′07″E / 49.75694°N 6.65194°E / 49.75694; 6.65194Coordinates: 49°45′25″N 06°39′07″E / 49.75694°N 6.65194°E / 49.75694; 6.65194
Platforms 4 (tracks 10-13, "North and "South")
Other information
Station code 6264
DS100 code STR
Category 3
Opened 1878

Trier Hauptbahnhof is a railway station for the city of Trier, in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is a through station located about 500 metres (550 yd) east of the inner city and the Porta Nigra.


The station was opened in 1878 (1878) together with the rest of the Moselle line, which formed part of the Kanonenbahn (English: Cannons Railway) (BerlinMetz).

Earlier, upon the opening of the Saar route in 1860, Trier had acquired a station on the left bank of the Moselle, the present day Trier-West station, which, in 1871, had also been linked with Cologne via the Eifel Railway. However, in view of its convenient location close to Trier's city centre, the present day Hauptbahnhof soon became the city's most important station.

Station facilities[edit]

Building and platforms[edit]

The main entrance of the station leads directly to the station lobby. In the southwestern part of the lobby, there are a FotoFix automat and two pay phones; in the southern half (with its own access) are luggage lockers, ticket machines, the toilet and the DB travel centre. In the north-west wing is a candy kiosk and in the eastern half an ATM, a bakery / café and a newsagent.

In 2005, renovation work began in the station area with the objective of adapting it to the standard of other ICE-train stations.

  • On the platforms, dimpled paving stones suitable for blind travellers have been placed near the platform edges to mark their borders.
  • The station building has been renovated and converted into (a new cafe moved in and the newspaper shop was enlarged and moved).
  • Elevators were installed to give barrier-free access to the platforms.
  • The City Council also decided to redesign and refresh the station district over the next few years.

Forecourt and surroundings[edit]

The station forecourt is overwhelmingly dominated by retail outlets. At the southern end, it is bordered by the Alleencenter shopping centre. An expert workshop organised by the city of Trier has put forward comprehensive plans for the redevelopment of the station forecourt, and in particular for the reorganisation of the parking and traffic control systems. Under these plans, there would be a generally clearly visible station building, with a new bus terminal, and either an overpass or underpass to Trier-Gartenfeld.[1][2]

Road connections[edit]

Trief Hbf is connected to its west, via the Bahnhofstrasse with the Alleenring, which gathers together all the traffic from the Ost- and Theodor-Heuss-Allee, Christoph- und Balduinstraße, as well as the streets in the Reichsabtei.

The forecourt in front of the main building offers short-term parking and parking for motorcycles. Further parking can be found at the western end of the building and in the parking garage to the south of the Ostalleencenter.


Trier area rail network, 1937

At Trier Hbf, more than 170 trains stop daily. The trains calling at Trier include ICE, IC, RE and RB services.

One can arrive in Trier from:

Both of these last two railways merge with the Saar Railway in Konz.

Long distance traffic[edit]

From Trier, IC trains formerly operated every two hours via Koblenz, Andernach, Bonn, Köln, Düsseldorf, Oberhausen, Münster (Westf) and Rheine to Emden/Norddeich Mole, and every two hours from Emden/Norddeich-Mole on the same itinerary in reverse, then onwards to Luxembourg. After the timetable change for 2005, Trier had an ICE connection with Berlin, by an ICE train that started its journey at the Trier Hauptbahnhof. That ICE train operated via Koblenz, Andernach, Bonn (the Linke Rheinstrecke), Köln, Wuppertal, Hamm and Hannover.

In November 2011, ICE services were discontinued and long-distance services were reduced to only two IC trains per day on the line.[3] These services ended on 13 December 2014 with the introduction of the Rhineland-Palatinate integrated regular interval service (Rheinland-Pfalz-Taktes 2015) on the line.[4]

Regional traffic[edit]

Line Description Train route Frequency
RE 1 Südwest-Express Koblenz  – Wittlich  – Trier  – Saarlouis  – Völklingen  – Saarbrücken Every hour (Koblenz–Kaiserslautern)
every two hours (Kaiserslautern–Mannheim)
RE 11 Saartal-Express Trier  – Merzig (Saar)  – Saarlouis  – Völklingen  – Saarbrücken Individual trains
RE 12 Eifel-Mosel-Express Köln Messe/Deutz  – Köln Hbf  – Erftstadt  – Euskirchen  – Gerolstein  – Bitburg-Erdorf  – Trier Every two hours
RE 14 DeLux-Express Luxembourg  – Wasserbillig  – Trier  – (Schweich) Approx hourly
RE 17 Trier-Lorraine-Express Trier – Konz – Perl (Mosel) – ThionvilleMetz Two pairs of trains each weekend
RE 60 Saar-Pfalz-Express Trier – Konz – Merzig (Saar) – Saarlouis – Völklingen – Saarbrücken – Homburg (Saar) – Kaiserslautern Every two hours
RB 71 Saartal-Bahn Trier – Konz – Merzig (Saar) – Saarlouis – Völklingen – Saarbrücken – St. Ingbert – Homburg (Saar) Hourly
RB 81 Moseltal-Bahn Koblenz – Cochem (Mosel) – Wittlich – Trier Hourly
RB 82 Elbling-Express Wittlich – Trier – Konz Mitte – Wellen (Mosel) – Perl Hourly
RB 83 Eifel-Bahn Gerolstein – Bitburg-Erdorf – Trier Hourly

Bus traffic[edit]

In the evenings and on weekends, Trier Hbf is the focal point of Trier's bus traffic. Each district of Trier can be reached from there without any need to change buses.



  1. ^ Citizen's initiative Bahnübergang-Trier für alle n. e.V.: [1] (German)
  2. ^ 16vor - Article dated 26 June 2007: [2] (German)
  3. ^ "Fewer Luxembourg–Koblenz ICs". Today's Railways Europe (192): 52. December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mosel valley IC services end". Today's Railways Europe (228): 54. December 2014. 

External links[edit]

This article is based upon a translation of the German language version as at December 2010.