We show you how you can get to your destination during the closure of the suburban train tunnel from March 26th to April 9th 2018.
Longer trains, shorter service intervals and additional buses: the experts of RMV, DB, the transport organization from Frankfurt traffiQ, the VGF, together with the affiliated partners from Offenbach, have developed an extensive concept for alternative transportation.
S-Bahn lines: All train lines will be operative every half an hour during the tunnel closure. Some lines will have additional connections during peak hours.
The S1 line usually runs the Wiesbaden – Frankfurt Main Station (underground) route (from 5:00 to 22:00) every half an hour, respectively to Frankfurt Main Station (aboveground) (from 22:00 to 5:00). From Frankfurt Main Station (aboveground) the line runs through Frankfurt South to Offenbach East and from there, runs the regular route to Ober-Roden. The S1 line, in direction of Ober-Roden, makes an additional stop at the Offenbach Main Station. Unfortunately it is not possible to stop there in the opposite direction, that is, in direction of Frankfurt. Pay attention to the timetable: Sometimes the departure/arrival is also Frankfurt South. In this case, you can also transfer to the regional trains which run from/to the Main Station. A switchover is necessary at the Frankfurt Main Station, between the shuttle service of the S1 line coming from or going to Wiesbaden (underground) and the shuttle service of the S1 line aboveground. Another switchover is necessary during the Easter holidays: due to a track renewal from March 29th to April 3rd in Mainz-Kostheim and the building of a retaining wall between Frankfurt and Flörsheim. The S1 line will run only between Frankfurt and Flörsheim during these days. Alternative buses will take passengers from A to B between Flörsheim and Wiesbaden.
The S3 line runs the Bad Soden – Frankfurt Main Station (underground) route (from 05:00 to 22:00) and Frankfurt Main Station (aboveground) route (from 22:00 to 05:00), respectively, every half an hour. During the closure, coming from Darmstadt, the S3 line ends at Frankfurt South where passengers can get to the Frankfurt Main Station using the S1 line or the regional transport.
The S4 line runs the Kronberg – Frankfurt Main Station (underground) and the Frankfurt Main Station (aboveground) route (from 05:00 to 22:00) and (from 22:00 to 05:00) respectively, every 30 minutes. The S4 line additionally runs the Frankfurt South – Langen route from Monday to Saturday in order to run this route alternately with the S3 and S4, which run as usual every 15 minutes.
During nighttime, there won’t be a stop at Frankfurt-Niederrad Station due to a track renewal. Between Frankfurt and Offenbach, regional trains as well as the S1 line are available as an alternative. As an exception, passengers with a valid RMV-ticket for this route may use the ICE trains between Frankfurt and Hanau.
The S9 line runs between Wiesbaden and Frankfurt Main Station (aboveground) and also between Hanau and Frankfurt-Mühlberg every half an hour. There is a connection in Frankfurt-Mühlberg to the tram lines to Frankfurt downtown, as well as an alternative bus to Frankfurt South. There is also a shuttle bus that runs directly without stopover between Offenbach West and the Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1.
The subway line U2 (Südbahnhof – Bad Homburg- Gonzenheim) runs from Monday to Saturday continuously with three-wagons subway trains. On Sunday and holidays, the three-wagon subway trains are available starting at about 12:00. The U2, together with the lines U1, U3 and U8 connects the Frankfurt South Station (Südbahnhof) with the central transfer station Willy-Brandt-Platz and Hauptwache every minute.
The U2 coming from Bad Homburg-Gonzenheim is an alternative transport for the people of that area. The U3 connects Oberursel (connection from the S5 line) with the Frankfurt City.
At the Eschersheim Station you can transfer by walking a short distance from the S6 line to the four subway lines running every minute at the “Weißer Stein” station.
The U4 and U5 take a big portion of the passengers of the parallel S-Bahn trains between Frankfurt Main Station and Konstablerwache. Additionally, they connect with the lines U6 and U7 at the Bockenheimer Warte and with the lines U1, U2, U3 and U8 at Willy-Brandt-Platz.
The U4 line always operates there with four-wagon subway trains that offer places for up to 700 passengers. It runs from Monday to Friday from 06:00 to 21:00 continuously in tight circuits of 5 minutes. It is complimented on this route by the U5 line with two-wagons subway trains in order to ensure a good connection every two and a half minutes during peak hours. Additional trains are available to offer short term compensation in case of delays.
During the tunnel closure, the U4 does not run to Enkheim from 6:00 to 22:00 in order to run the important Bockenheimer Warte – Main Station – Seckbacher Landstraße tunnel route often, and without any problems with its four-wagon subway trains. Passengers should take line U7 if they want to go to Enkheim.
The lines U6 and U7 run according to the timetable. From Monday to Saturday, three-wagon subway trains are used on this line continuously. On Sunday and holidays, the three-wagon subway trains are in service starting at 11:00.
The tram line 16 can still run only between Oberrad Balduinstraße, the Mühlberg Station and Ginnheim due to roadwork; mostly it offers a 10 minute circuit. The Line 16 is normally operative with a 30 minute circuit on Saturday and Sunday. However, during the tunnel closure, there is a tightened 15 minute circuit between Oberrad and Westbahnhof (Frankfurt West) from the beginning of operation.
Since the trams along the Mühlberg Station are not able to run more often due to roadwork in Oberrad, buses by Deutsche Bahn are available as an alternative transportation for the trains between Mühlberg and the South Station (Südbahnhof)
Line 61 with articulated buses
The Bus line 61 connects the Frankfurt Airport with the South Station (Südbahnhof), where there is a connection to the urban subway (U-Bahn) and the tram line network. It works during the tunnel closure with articulated buses which offer more seats for passengers.
Line 64: Shorter circuits to Taunusanlage
In Line 64, additional buses run between Main Station, (the closed) S-Bahn train station Taunusanlage and Bremer Platz at rush hours from about 07:00 to 10:00 a.m. and from about 15:00 to 19:00 every 15 minutes.
Regional trains: The regional transport itself is not affected by the tunnel closure, however, some lines have to be redirected or shut down during the closure due to other roadwork.
The RE30 and the RB 40/41 are redirected from Friedberg to Hanau between March 31st and April 2nd. The RB34 is cancelled between Bad Vilbel and Frankfurt as well as the RB48 between Friedberg and Hanau.
Usage of long distance transport: ICE- and InterCity-trains can be used between Frankfurt and Hanau at no additional cost with your valid RMV-ticket.
The RMV Service Hotline at 069 / 24 24 80 24 is here for you 24/7!