Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof

Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof (originally Oldenburg Centralbahnhof) is the main passenger station in the city of Oldenburg in the German state of Lower Saxony. It is a through station, with seven platform tracks. Its large reception hall was built in the Art Nouveau style.

Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn
Junction station
Oldenburg Hbf1.jpg
Entrance of the station building
General information
LocationOldenburg (Oldenburg), Lower Saxony
Coordinates53°08′37″N 08°13′21″E / 53.14361°N 8.22250°E / 53.14361; 8.22250Coordinates: 53°08′37″N 08°13′21″E / 53.14361°N 8.22250°E / 53.14361; 8.22250
Owned byDeutsche Bahn
Operated byDB Station&Service
Architectural styleArt Nouveau
Other information
Station code4765[1]
DS100 codeHOLD[2]
Fare zoneVBN: 740[3]
Preceding station   DB Fernverkehr   Following station
TerminusICE 10
via Düsseldorf/Wuppertal - Hamm (Westf) - Hannover
towards Düsseldorf or Cologne
TerminusICE 22
towards Stuttgart
TerminusICE 25
via Hannover - Fulda - Würzburg - Nürnberg
towards Munich
IC 56
towards Cottbus or Leipzig
Preceding station DB Regio Nord Following station
Bad Zwischenahn Hude
towards Hannover Hbf
Preceding station NordWestBahn Following station
Rastede Sandkrug
towards Bremen Hbf
Preceding station Bremen S-Bahn Following station
Oldenburg-Wechloy RS3 Wüsting
towards Bremen Hbf
Oldenburg is located in Lower Saxony
Location in Lower Saxony
Oldenburg is located in Germany
Location in Germany
Oldenburg is located in Europe
Location in Europe

It is one of two stations in Oldenburg open to passengers, the other one being the newly-constructed Oldenburg-Wechloy suburban rail station opened in 2015 in the vicinity of the University of Oldenburg. Older stations, including Ofenerdiek and Osternburg, have had their passenger service gradually removed over the course of previous decades.


Original central station in 1885

The first railway in the capital of the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was the line from Oldenburg to Bremen via Delmenhorst opened by the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg State Railways on 15 July 1867. On 3 September 1867, a line was opened from Oldenburg to Heppens (later renamed Wilhelmshaven), financed by the Prussian government. The line was operated by the Oldenburg State Railways, which in 1913 bought the line from Prussia, placing an enormous burden on the state's budget. On 15 June 1869, the Oldenburg–Leer line was opened. On 15 October 1875, the Oldenburg State Railways opened the Oldenburg–Osnabrück line.

The first Oldenburg station was planned to be built in today's Cäcilienplatz. In 1868, it became clear that the proposed building would be too small for the growing demand. Therefore, the project was never realized. Instead, a converted freight shed served as Oldenburg's station for twelve years.

On 21 May 1879, the Central Station was finally inaugurated as the first "real" station in Oldenburg at the site of the present station. It was a neo-Gothic building designed by the renowned architect Conrad Wilhelm Hase. It was considered one of the most romantic railway buildings in Germany.

Today's Oldenburg station was inaugurated on 3 August 1915 without much ceremony after four years of construction. The magnificent Art Nouveau building was designed by the architect, Friedrich Mettegang. A separate building was planned for the Grand Duke of Oldenburg to board trains, called Prince Hall. As part of the new building the tracks were raised by about 3.25 meters. The building was placed at the edge of the tracks, so that the station could be rebuilt as a through station. Up to that time, travellers who wanted to continue past Oldenburg had to change trains. In 1992 the line was electrified from Oldenburg to Leer.

Inside the station


Main hall

The station's track 1 is next to the main building and it has three Island platforms, numbered as tracks 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8. Track 2 is a through track without a platform.

Platform Route Train category
1 BremenHanover Regional-Express
2 (no platform) All routes Freight trains
3 Hanover – Leipzig or Munich, Norddeich Mole ICE, InterCity
4 Osnabrück, Bremen NordWestBahn
5 Wilhelmshaven, Esens NordWestBahn
6 LeerEmden – Norddeich Mole InterCity, Regional-Express
7 Bremen Regionalbahn
8 Hude, Magdeburg and other stations Regionalbahn, InterCity, special trains
9 (no platform) Freight Freight trains
10 (no platform) Freight Freight trains

Train servicesEdit

The following services currently call at the station:[4]

  • Intercity Express services (ICE 10) Oldenburg - Bremen - Hanover - Wolfsburg - Berlin
  • Intercity Express services (ICE 22) Oldenburg - Bremen - Hanover - Kassel - Frankfurt
  • Intercity Express services (ICE 25) Oldenburg - Bremen - Hanover - Kassel - Würzburg – Nürnberg – Ingolstadt – Munich
  • Intercity services (IC 56) Norddeich - Emden - Oldenburg - Bremen - Hanover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Leipzig / Berlin - Cottbus
  • Regional services RE 1 Norddeich - Emden - Oldenburg - Bremen - Nienburg - Hanover
  • Regional services RE 18 Wilhelmshaven - Varel - Oldenburg - Cloppenburg - Bramsche - Osnabrück
  • Bremen S-Bahn services   Bad Zwischenahn - Oldenburg - Delmerhorst - Bremen

The main long-distance service through Oldenburg is an InterCity service operating at two-hour intervals to Leipzig via Hanover. In addition, Intercity-Express trains operate once a day on several routes.


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "Tarifplan" (PDF). Verkehrsverbund Bremen/Niedersachsen. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  4. ^ Timetables for Oldenburg Hbf station (in German)

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