The Zugfinder website not only provides the current position of trains, but also offers various delay statistics.
Which trains are on time, which transfers work?
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So far this year, the long-distance trains of Deutsche Bahn in this country have been 70 to 80 percent on time. So they reached their destination with a maximum delay of five minutes. However, this represents the average value of all connections, certain trains sometimes systematically deviate from it. In particular, travelers who cover longer distances and have to change trains several times should find out from an independent source before booking how reliable the planned connection has been in the past few weeks and will therefore also be likely to be during their trip.
This is exactly what the Zugfinder website enables you to do. After entering a train number, which the rail portal displays for each train, or a station, it provides the average punctuality values and delays for the previous month. The detailed list below reveals the last and the maximum delay for each individual day, as well as the reasons for the delay stated by Deutsche Bahn. If the train finder shows that a certain train repeatedly does not reach its destination, it is better to choose a different connection.
While the DB only publishes average punctuality values, the unofficial Zugfinder portal shows the dates and delays of individual trains in detail.
The website also provides information on delay forecasts and connection security when changing between two trains. If you only have a few minutes to change trains at the station and you miss the next train, a few minutes’ delay quickly turns into an hour because there is no connecting train in front of it. You can use this function by clicking on “Connection security” in the bar on the left and entering the first and second train as well as the transfer station. All functions described are free of charge, a number of others require a paid pro account.
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