Development of business units

DB Long-Distance business unit

Business model 

DB Long-Distance offers customers comfortable and environ­mentally friendly travel within Germany and into neighboring countries. Regularly scheduled daily services with the ICE/Intercity/EC fleet form the backbone of long-distance transport. Offerings are being expanded by island routes to Sylt and Wangerooge.

The most important target figures are number of passengers, passenger satisfaction, operational punctuality, employee satisfaction and operating profit (EBIT). The steering focuses in particular on the performance indicators volume sold, volume produced and load factor. Costs largely correlate with the planned volume produced, which is derived from the services offered. Some of the costs, such as for train-paths, station stops and energy, depend on the actual volume produced. Resource assignments of personnel and facilities are aligned with the annual schedule in order to optimize the unit cost per train kilometer traveled. The key drivers are personnel, maintenance and infrastructure expenses, meaning the business is very fixed-cost intensive. Only a small portion of expenses vary with train capacity utilization.

DB Long-Distance - At a glance 

The most important sources of income for long-distance transport operated on a purely commercial basis are revenues from the sale of tickets and BahnCards.

Our employees, a modern vehicle fleet and a high-quality infrastructure are decisive for success. This is why intra-Group infrastructure companies and service providers as well as the vehicle industry are important partners. Furthermore, cooperation with partner railways is very important for cross-border connections and night train services.

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