GDL strike on March 12th, 2024

Train Strike on March 12, 2024

Current Status:
The strike in passenger transport announced by the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) began at 2:00 AM on March 12, 2024. The strike in freight transport has been ongoing since 6:00 PM on March 11, 2024. Deutsche Bahn (DB) attempted to legally halt the strike but failed in the Labor Court of Frankfurt am Main. It is currently unclear how long the strike will last. The GDL has announced a 24-hour strike.

Massive restrictions in train services:
In passenger transport, almost all trains nationwide are canceled. Local transport is also significantly affected. Replacement buses are only used on some routes. Delays and cancellations even after the end of the strike: It may take several hours for train services to return to normal. Travelers must expect significant disruptions: Passengers should rearrange their travel plans or switch to other modes of transport. DB offers to refund or rebook tickets.

The GDL is demanding a wage increase of 3.2 percent and a reduction in working hours to 35 hours per week. DB has made an offer that includes a wage increase of 2.8 percent and a one-time payment of 1,400 euros. Negotiations between GDL and DB have so far been inconclusive.

More Information:
For current information on the strike, please visit the Deutsche Bahn website: Information about your rights as a passenger can be found on the website of the Federal Railway Authority: The GDL provides information on its position in the wage conflict on its website:

Tips for Travelers:
Check the Deutsche Bahn website in advance for the current situation. Plan enough time for your journey. Be flexible and switch to other modes of transport if possible. Use Deutsche Bahn’s travel information to find alternative routes.