Jena Paradies station

Jena Paradies station is the main railway station of the city of Jena in the German state of Thuringia. It is on the Saal Railway and is served by two long-distance services each day and regional trains to and from Naumburg, Saalfeld and Pößneck. It is named after and adjacent to Paradies ("paradise") Park, which is on the eastern shore of the Saale river.

Jena Paradies
Deutsche Bahn
Through station
Bahnhof Jena Paradies 01.jpg
Station platforms
General information
LocationJena, Thuringia
Coordinates50°55′25″N 11°35′02″E / 50.92361°N 11.58389°E / 50.92361; 11.58389Coordinates: 50°55′25″N 11°35′02″E / 50.92361°N 11.58389°E / 50.92361; 11.58389
Owned byDeutsche Bahn
Operated byDB Station&Service
  • ICE 28
  • IC 61
  • RE 15RE 18RE 42
  • RB 25EB 28
Other information
Station code3043[1]
DS100 codeUJP[2]
Fare zoneVMT
Opened15 October 1880; 142 years ago (1880-10-15)
28 May 1995; 27 years ago (1995-05-28)
3,500 per day
Preceding station Deutsche Bahn AG-Logo.svg DB Fernverkehr Following station
ICE 28
via Nürnberg - Erfurt - Leipzig - Berlin
towards Karlsruhe
IC 61
towards Leipzig
Preceding station Abellio logo.svg Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland Following station
RE 15
RB 25
via Naumburg (Saale) - Jena
Preceding station Deutsche Bahn AG-Logo.svg DB Regio Bayern Following station
toward Leipzig Hbf
RE 42
Preceding station Deutsche Bahn AG-Logo.svg DB Regio Südost Following station
Bad Kösen RE 18 Jena-Göschwitz
Preceding station Erfurter Bahn Following station
Jena Saalbf
EB 28 Jena-Göschwitz
Jena Paradies is located in Thuringia
Jena Paradies
Jena Paradies
Location within Thuringia
Jena Paradies is located in Germany
Jena Paradies
Jena Paradies
Location within Germany
Jena Paradies is located in Europe
Jena Paradies
Jena Paradies
Location within Europe


Location of the station in the city

Jena Paradies station is on the southern edge of the city of Jena on a narrow strip of land between the ring road to the west and the Saale river in the east. In front of the station there are two tram stops and the town’s bus station, so that numerous public transport connections exist.


Jena Paradies station was opened on 15 October 1880[4] on the Saale Railway already operating since 30 April 1874. Until 1999, it served as a centrally located stop only for regional transport, long-distance trains on the Saale Railway stopped at Jena Saale station. In September 1996, the Jena City Council chose Jena Paradies as the stop for the new ICE service in preference to the remote northerly location of Jena Saale station. Lack of funds at Deutsche Bahn then led to delays and the construction of a temporary station.[5] Two wooden auxiliary platform were built in 1998/1999 south of the old station for about two million Deutsche Marks. It was opened on 26 September 1999, when the stopping point in Jena for ICE trains on the Berlin–Leipzig–Munich route was transferred there from the Saale station.[4]

On 1 March 2002, construction and financing contracts for the new ICE station was signed between Deutsche Bahn, the state of Thuringia and the city of Jena. The new station was to replace the existing regional station in 2004 at a cost of €16.1 million.[6]

The old station building was abandoned, at the beginning of reconstruction in 2003, as the existing island platform did not have the required 370 m length for ICE operations. The construction of the two new platforms between km 27.0 and 27.4 was carried out next to the existing railway line, with rail services continuing to operate. On 18 June 2005, the new facilities were officially opened. The construction cost was around €21 million.


The station is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a Haltepunkte (loosely: "halt"), as it is not a rail junction and, more specifically, it has no sets of points. It consists of two 370 m-long platforms, with a length of 117 metres under cover on each platform. As it is built on an embankment, there is limited space in the single storey building with rooms for two ticket offices for Deutsche Bahn and a bakery, which sells newspapers and other travel-related products in addition to pastries. The adjacent toilets can be used during opening times. These facilities extend over a length of 63 metres. An underpass was built through the embankment under the stations, creating a link between the park and the city.

Travellers wishing to connect with the Holzland Railway (ErfurtWeimarGera), the second line running through Jena, have to use Jena West station, which is 800 metres away or alternatively change at Jena-Göschwitz station, a few kilometres to the south.

Double-length Intercity Express at Jena Paradies station makes clear the relative sizes (the entrance building is in the second quarter of the picture from the left)


The station is the only long distance station in Jena, since the abandonment of long distance passenger operations on the Mid-German Connection and its associated stops at Jena West and Jena-Göschwitz, which was the only place in Jena where it was previously possible to transfer between long-distance trains. Jena Paradies station is used on an average day by about 3,500 passengers, second only to Jena West station, which has more commuter traffic.


The following services operated in 2019.

Line Route Interval (mins) Operator
ICE 28 Jena Paradies – Naumburg – Leipzig – Berlin – Hamburg One train pair DB Fernverkehr
IC 61 Leipzig – Naumburg – Jena Paradies – Saalfeld – Lichtenfels – Nürnberg – Stuttgart – Karlsruhe One train pair DB Fernverkehr
RE 15 Jena Saalbf – Jena Paradies – Kahla – Rudolstadt – Saalfeld 120 Abellio
RE 18 Halle – Merseburg – Weißenfels – Naumburg – Bad Kösen – Jena Paradies – Jena-Göschwitz 120 DB Regio Südost
RE 42 Leipzig – Weißenfels – Naumburg – Jena Paradies – Saalfeld – Lichtenfels – Bamberg – Nürnberg 120 DB Regio Bayern
RB 25 Halle – Merseburg – Weißenfels – Naumburg – Camburg – Jena Paradies – Orlamünde – Saalfeld 060 Abellio
EB 28 Jena Saalbf – Jena Paradies – Rothenstein – Orlamünde – Pößneck 120 Erfurter Bahn

Prior to the completion of the Nuremberg–Erfurt high-speed line in 2017, Jena was served by ICE services between Berlin and Munich.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2023" [Station price list 2023] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 28 November 2022. Retrieved 14 December 2022.
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
  3. ^ Since 1946 catenaries and overhead line masts were dismantled as Soviet war reparations.
  4. ^ a b Drescher, Werner (2004). Die Saalbahn – Die Geschichte der Eisenbahn zwischen Großheringen, Jena und Saalfeld (in German). Freiburg: EK-Verlag. p. 141. ISBN 3-88255-586-6.
  5. ^ Drescher, Werner. Die Saalbahn – Die Geschichte der Eisenbahn zwischen Großheringen, Jena und Saalfeld (in German). p. 143.
  6. ^ "10-Jahres-Vertrag mit Thüringen". Eisenbahn-Revue International (in German) (4/2002): 163. ISSN 1421-2811.

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