Deutsche Bahn in Germany - statistics & facts

Deutsche Bahn is Germany's main railway company, owned by the German government. It started operating in 1994, as a result of combining the previous two government railway companies existing before Germany's reunification in 1990 - Deutsche Bundesbahn (in Western Germany) and Deutsche Reichsbahn. Deutsche Bahn trains follow both national and international routes, with the company being the largest railway enterprise in Central Europe.
The most profitable business field proved to be DB Schenker, dealing with logistics and supply chain management. Deutsche Bahn is also a major employer in Germany and around the world, with almost 323.7 thousand employees recorded most recently.

While Deutsche Bahn is well established in Germany and offers a variety of routes for passengers, the company regularly faces criticism from travelers regarding punctuality. As of April 2021, 99 percent of Deutsche Bahn trains had a maximum delay of almost 16 minutes. Passenger numbers decreased to 1.4 billion in 2021, with ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions still in place at the time, namely wearing face masks for the duration of a train trip and while inside a train station. The number of ICE train passengers, meanwhile, plummeted in 2020. The ICE (Intercity Express) is the currently fastest type of train owned by the Deutsche Bahn.
Deutsche Bahn covers not only passenger transport, but also railway freight. The number of passenger locomotives owned by the company has been decreasing, from 1,490 in 2013 to 948 in 2021.

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In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 45 most important statistics relating to "Deutsche Bahn in Germany".


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