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December 7, 2023

Nationwide Deutsche Bahn rail strikes from December 7-8, 2023 (December 7, 2023)

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Germany (December 7, 2023)

Location: Germany

Event: Nationwide Deutsche Bahn rail strikes from December 7-8, 2023

The Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivführer (GDL) trade union has called for strikes throughout Germany on December 7-8 for their train operators. On Thursday, December 7, 2023, starting at 10 p.m., the strike will affect the entire Deutsche Bahn railway system for approximately 24 hours. This will cause delays and cancellations in Deutsche Bahn train operations. It will also affect the following passenger branches of Deutsche Bahn:

  • DB Regio Nord for Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Bremen
  • DB Regio Nordost for Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • DB Regio NRW for North Rhine-Westphalia
  • DB Regio Südost for Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia
  • DB Regio Mitte for Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Hesse and parts of Baden-Württemberg
  • DB Regio Baden-Württemberg for the rest of Baden-Württemberg
  • DB Regio Bayern for Bavaria
  • S-Bahn Hamburg
  • S-Bahn Berlin (Not the U-Bahn)
  • RegioNetz (small, independent networks, like Erzgebirgsbahn, Gäubodenbahn, Kurhessenbahn, Oberweißbacher Bergbahn, Südostbayernbahn, Westfrankenbahn for easier organisation)
  • RMV Frankfurt regional trains and S-Bahn (Not the U-Bahn)

Deutsche Bahn is going to announce an emergency operation schedule to limit the impact of the strike. For more information, please see https://www.deutschebahn.com/en/presse or your regional local Deutsche Bahn branch, such as https://sbahn.berlin/en/.

We strongly advise passengers to check schedule information prior to travel on these days.

For emergency services, please contact the Embassy or appropriate Consulate General:

U.S. Embassy Berlin
+49-30-8305-0 (business hours)
+49-30-8305-0 (after hours)

U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt 
+49-69-7535-0 (business hours) 
+49-69-7535-0 (after hours) 

U.S. Consulate General Munich 
+49-89-2888-580 (business hours) 
+49-89-2888-0 (after hours) 

State Department – Consular Affairs  +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444

For life or death emergencies in Germany, dial 112 for immediate medical assistance or 110 for police assistance.

State Department – Consular Affairs   
888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444