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Düsseldorf Stadtbahn

Düsseldorf Stadtbahn
Locale Düsseldorf, Meerbusch, Krefeld, Neuss, Duisburg
Transit type Light rail (Stadtbahn)
Number of lines 7[1]
Number of stations 99 (including 17 underground stations)[1]
Website Rheinbahn (English)
Began operation August 6, 1988
Operator(s) Rheinbahn
Number of vehicles 135[1]
System length 68.5 km (42.6 mi)[1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
System map
Düsseldorf Stadtbahn network
The underground station Heinrich-Heine-Allee

The Düsseldorf Stadtbahn, together with the Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn and the Düsseldorf Straßenbahn (Tram), is the backbone of the public transport system of Düsseldorf, Germany, and is integrated in the Rhine-Ruhr Stadtbahn network. The Stadtbahn officially opened on August 6, 1988, and is operated by Rheinbahn AG. As of 2012, the Stadtbahn network currently consists of seven lines,[1] operating on 68.5 kilometres (42.6 mi),[1] and serving 99 stations, 17 of which are underground stations (Duesseldorf: 11, Duisburg: 6 (U79)).[1]

Current lines

The grayed-out lines are planned lines (U80) or lines which are under construction (U71-U73 (Low Floor)). U70 is a rush-hour-only express line.
Line Route Opening Length
(Underground Station)
U70 Express line: Krefeld, Rheinstraße – Heinrich-Heine-Allee - Steinstraße/Königsallee - Oststraße - Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof 1988 22.4 17 (5)
U71 Gerresheim, Krankenhaus – Universität 2015 10.5 23 (6)
U72 Ratingen Mitte – Volmerswerth 2015 15.4 32 (6)
U73 D-Gerresheim (S) – Benrath, Betriebshof 2015 20.3 42 (6)
U74 Meerbusch, Görgesheide – Heinrich-Heine-Allee - Steinstraße/Königsallee - Oststraße - Holthausen – Benrath, Betriebshof 1994 21.1 31 (8)
U75 Neuss HauptbahnhofHeinrich-Heine-Allee - Steinstraße/Königsallee - Oststraße - Eller, Vennhauser Allee 1993 15.6 28 (7)
U76 Krefeld, Rheinstraße – Heinrich-Heine-Allee - Steinstraße/Königsallee - Oststraße - Handelszentrum/Moskauer Straße 1988 23.0 28 (6)
U77 Am Seestern – Heinrich-Heine-Allee - Steinstraße/Königsallee - Oststraße - Holthausen 1994 11.6 22 (8)
U78 Düsseldorf HauptbahnhofESPRIT arena/Messe Nord 1988 7.6 15 (8)
U79 Universität Ost/Botanischer Garten – Duisburg-Meiderich 1988 38.1 45 (21)
U80 Düsseldorf HauptbahnhofESPRIT arena/Messe Nord planned 7.6 12 (8)

Future expansion

Trench for the new Wehrhahn-Linie; photo from 2008

The current Stadtbahn expansion project under construction is a new tunnel from the Düsseldorf-Bilk station in the south of the city to the Düsseldorf-Wehrhahn station. The name of this new underground route is Wehrhahn-Linie. This 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) tunnel is projected to be completed in 2015. As with every other underground line opened previously in Düsseldorf, the "Wehrhahn-Linie" will be a replacement for surface tram lines, with current tram lines 703, 712 and 713 expected to be replaced with Stadtbahn service. With completion of the project, trams on this line will enter the new tunnel over a ramp at Bilk railway station and run from there underneath the city centre towards the north-east, where they will emerge shortly before Wehrhahn railway station. Five new underground stations are under construction for the new line, which will serve a daily passenger volume of approximately 53,000.

Rolling Stock

There are a total of 135 trainsets for the Düsseldorf Stadtbahn.[1] There are 103 six-axle articulated tramsets (B80), and 32 eight-axle articulated tramsets.[1]

See also


Inline citations

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Zahlenübersicht Stand 31. Dezember 2012" [Figures Summary as of December 31, 2012] (pdf) (in German). Rheinbahn. December 31, 2012. p. 7. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 


  • Dieter Höltge: Straßen- und Stadtbahnen in Deutschland Band 4: Ruhrgebiet von Dortmund bis Duisburg, EK-Verlag, 1994, ISBN 3-88255-334-0.
  • Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf Amt für Verkehrsmanagement: Nahverkehrsplan 2002–2007. Veröffentlichung, Düsseldorf 2003
  • Hans G. Nolden: Die Düsseldorfer Straßenbahn. GeraMond Verlag, München 1998, ISBN 3-932785-02-9.
  • Axel Schild, Dieter Waltking: Die Rheinbahn Stadtverkehr in und um Düsseldorf. alba, Düsseldorf 1996, ISBN 3-87094-355-6.
  • Richard Jacobi, Dieter Zeh: Die Geschichte der Düsseldorfer Straßenbahn Von der Pferdetram zur Stadtbahn. EK-Verlag, Freiburg 1995, ISBN 3-88255-401-0.
  • Friedhelm Blennemann: U-Bahnen und Stadtbahnen in Deutschland Planung Bau Betrieb. alba, Düsseldorf 1975, ISBN 3-87094-304-1.
  • Fritz D. Kegel: U-Bahnen in Deutschland Planung Bau Betrieb. alba, Düsseldorf 1971.
  • Robert Schwandl: Schnellbahnen in Deutschland. Robert Schwandl Verlag, Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-936573-18-3.

External links

  • Rheinbahn - official site (German)
  • Rheinbahn - official site (English)
  • Düsseldorf network map (pdf) (English)
  • Informations from
  • Private homepage at Rhein-Ruhr Stadtbahn
  • U-Bahn and Stadtbahn in Germany
  • Metro Bits: Photosession of the Rhein-Ruhr Stadtbahn
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