Which trains are on time, which changes work?

The Zugfinder website not only provides the current positions of trains, but also offers various delay statistics.

Deutsche Bahn once again failed to meet its punctuality goals in the past year – the company had already significantly reduced its requirements compared to previous years. Viewed over the entire year 2019, 75.9 percent of all long-distance connections reached their destination with a maximum of six minutes delay. Conversely, this means that every fourth IC / EC or ICE was unpunctual. Critics accuse the company anyway of making the delay figures more beautiful, since, for example, failed or prematurely ending trains are not counted and are therefore not considered to be unpunctual.

As a train traveler, you cannot change these conditions, but you can adjust to the fact that the probability of punctuality is by no means evenly distributed: Statistically, some connections are significantly more punctual and others are less punctual. This has an impact especially if you have little time to change at a train station. If you are unlikely to reach the connection and have to wait an hour, this can make a route unattractive. In this case, it is better to choose an alternative, even if it initially takes a little longer.

This is exactly what the independent Deutsche Bahn will help you with Train finder. The website not only shows you the current positions of the trains, but also offers various delay statistics.

For example, the delay of the past 30 days can be called up for each train (and station). In addition, you will be shown the average delay and punctuality. The easiest way to get this information is to go through the official one first Railway portal Search for the desired connection and use “Show details” to display the train number (s). You take this over for punctuality research in the train finder. You can find information on the addressed probability of whether a short transition period is sufficient to change in most cases or not on using the “Connection Security” function. Enter the first and second train and the transfer station here to see the result. The functions described are free of charge, but a number of others require a paid pro account.


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