Hanau Hauptbahnhof

Hanau Hauptbahnhof is a railway station in Hanau in the German state of Hesse, and is a major railway junction east of Frankfurt am Main. It was opened in 1867, but the current building was built in the late 1960s. It is located about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) south-east of central Hanau. It is classified by Deutsche Bahn (DB) as a category 2 station[1] and has many train services, including Intercity Express, regional and S-Bahn services.

Hanau Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn S-Bahn-Logo.svg
Junction station
Station forecourt
General information
LocationAm Hauptbahnhof 14a, Hanau, Hesse
Coordinates50°07′17″N 08°55′47″E / 50.12139°N 8.92972°E / 50.12139; 8.92972Coordinates: 50°07′17″N 08°55′47″E / 50.12139°N 8.92972°E / 50.12139; 8.92972
Owned byDeutsche Bahn
Operated byDB Station&Service
Other information
Station code2537[1]
DS100 codeFH[2]
Fare zoneRhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV): 3001[3]
Opened1 May 1867
2010About 20,000 [4]
Preceding station   DB Fernverkehr   Following station
towards Munich
ICE 11
via Stuttgart - Frankfurt - Erfurt - Leipzig - Berlin
towards Hamburg or Berlin
ICE 12
ICE 31
towards Frankfurt
ICE 91
towards Vienna
Preceding station   DB Regio Bayern   Following station
RE 54
Main-Spessart Railway
toward Bamberg
RE 55
Main-Spessart Railway
Preceding station   DB Regio Mitte   Following station
toward Friedberg
RB 33
Main Railway
RE 50
Kinzig Valley Railway
toward Fulda
RB 51
Kinzig Valley Railway
Preceding station   Hessische Landesbahn   Following station
RB 58
Main-Spessart Railway
via Frankfurt Süd - Hanau
toward Laufach
Preceding station   VIAS   Following station
RE 85
Odenwald Railway
TerminusRB 86
Odenwald Railway
Preceding station   Westfrankenbahn   Following station
TerminusRB 56
Kahlgrund Railway
Preceding station Rhine-Main S-Bahn Following station
Steinheim (Main) Terminus
Future services
  Future service as of 15 December 2019  
Preceding station   Hessische Landesbahn   Following station
RB 58
Main-Spessart Railway
via Frankfurt Süd - Hanau
toward Laufach
RB 59
via Frankfurt Süd
Hanau Hauptbahnhof is located in Hesse
Hanau Hauptbahnhof
Hanau Hauptbahnhof
Location within Hesse
Hanau Hauptbahnhof is located in Germany
Hanau Hauptbahnhof
Hanau Hauptbahnhof
Location within Germany
Hanau Hauptbahnhof is located in Europe
Hanau Hauptbahnhof
Hanau Hauptbahnhof
Location within Europe


Hanau Hauptbahnhof is a central hub of the railway network that is served by six routes. It is served by:


Today's Hanau Hauptbahnhof was opened on 1 May 1867 on the route of the Frankfurt–Bebra railway as a temporary terminus called Hanau Ost (east). The first station in Hanau was opened in 1848 as the terminus of the Frankfurt-Hanau Railway Company (Frankfurt-Hanauer Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft), which is west of central Hanau at the site of the current Hanau West station.

Hanau Ost station was built at the junction between the extension of the Frankfurt-Hanau railway (which runs on the north bank of the Main) connecting with the Main–Spessart railway to Aschaffenburg and the Kinzig Valley Railway to Bebra. Its position was chosen to allow the building of a bridge over the Main to Steinheim as part of the south bank route to Frankfurt. At the same time Hanau depot (Bahnbetriebswerk Hanau) was built at Heideäcker. An entrance building was built at Hanau Ost on the island between the line towards Fulda (northern tracks) and the line to Aschaffenburg (southern tracks).

Signal box

The constraints imposed by the position of the crossing of the Main explain why the station was built so far from the centre of the city, which is still a significant problem for public transport in Hanau: two centres must be served: the Hauptbahnhof and the downtown bus junction in Freiheitsplatz. Until the end of the Second World War, the station served a tram line of the Hanau Tramway (Hanauer Straßenbahn).

On 15 May 1927, the station was renamed from Hanau Ost station to Hanau Hauptbahnhof.[5]

The original station building was demolished in 1966 and replaced by a building north of the tracks with a spacious station forecourt. The original location as an island station can still be recognised from the track numbering and road connections between the tracks to the nearby park and ride facility. The floor level of the main level of the new station was determined by the location of the existing pedestrian underpass, which was retained. Since the station was built partly in a former river bed of the Main, there will always be problems with water penetration, especially after storms. The passenger accessible part of the entrance building was transformed fundamentally in the early 1990s with the reorganisation of baggage and express freight operations.


Long-distance servicesEdit

ICE exiting

Hanau station is classified by Deutsche Bahn (DB) as a category 2 station.[1] It is connected by Intercity-Express and Intercity services to cities in a large part of Germany and some cities outside Germany.

Line Route Frequency
ICE 11 BerlinLeipzigErfurtHanauFrankfurtMannheimStuttgartMunich Every 2 hours
ICE 12 Berlin – Hildesheim – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Hanau – Frankfurt – Mannheim – KarlsruheFreiburgBasel Bad BfBasel SBB Every 2 hours
ICE 31 IC 31 (Kiel –) HamburgOsnabrückDortmundDuisburgCologneKoblenz – Frankfurt – HanauWürzburgNurembergPassau (– LinzVienna) Individual services
ICE 91 Frankfurt – Hanau – Würzburg – Nuremberg – Passau - Linz - Vienna Every 2 hours

Regional servicesEdit

Odenwald Railway service waiting in the station

Hanau station is served by several Regional-Express and Regionalbahn lines. Since 1995 it has also been served by lines S8 and S9 of the Rhine-Main S-Bahn. There is also a central bus station in the station forecourt.


  1. ^ a b c d "Stationspreisliste 2022" [Station price list 2022] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 7 February 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
  3. ^ "Tarifinformationen 2021" (PDF). Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund. 1 January 2021. p. 139. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Aus der Langeweile in die Ferne". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). 3 April 2010. Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  5. ^ Thomas Noßke (2007). "Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft, Änderung von Bahnhofsnamen" (in German). Retrieved 2 July 2012.


  • Martin Schack (2004). Neue Bahnhöfe – Die Empfangsgebäude der Deutschen Bundesbahn 1948 bis 1973 (in German). Verlag Bernd Neddermeyer. ISBN 3-933254-49-3.

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