Transdev Germany

Transdev GmbH
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Area served
Services Passenger transportation
Freight transportation
Parent Transdev

Transdev GmbH is the largest private operator of passenger buses and trains in Germany. It is a subsidiary of Transdev. It was previously known as Veolia Verkehr GmbH (April 2006 - March 2015) and Connex Verkehr GmbH before that.[1] The company is headquarted in Berlin. It has about 5000 employees and transports about 250 million passengers a year.

When Transdev GmbH was formed, the company absorbed most of the German operations of the "old" Transdev.

Transdev, as was the case with Veolia and Connex, operates dozens of subsidiaries, each with their own name. Most of them operate small, regional train and bus services.

Interconnex Line 1 (Gera - Rostock) in 2007

Regional services and other transport activities

Transdev’s German operations have been structured into four regions since April 4, 2005.


Nord-Ostsee-Bahn train between Hamburg and Sylt
Nord-Ostsee-Bahn train between Hamburg and Sylt
Nord-Ostsee-Bahn Talent train at Husum station

Region North includes the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein and a short line in Denmark. In this region, the Niebüller Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH (NVB) and the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn GmbH (NOB) operate:

It is planned to extend these trains from Hamburg on to Berlin and Cologne under the operation of "Ostseeland Verkehrs GmbH" (OLA), which runs all Veolia long-distance trains in Germany. Unlike the trains between Sylt and Hamburg, the trains from Hamburg to Berlin and Cologne are not subsidised by any State of Germany


(Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia)

OME/OLA Talent train
OME/OLATalent train


(Bremen, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland)

  • TWE-Busverkehrs-GmbH


(Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria)

BOB train

Operations absorbed from old Transdev

In addition to the above operations, Transdev GmbH also operates buses that were formerly part of the old Transdev.

Former long distance rail operations

From 2001 to 2014, Transdev (known at the time as Veolia) ran a number of long distance trains:


Plan of the InterConnex 1

Interconnex ran between Leipzig and Berlin Hauptbahnhof, up to three times each way, Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, the train runs from Leipzig to Rostock via Berlin and back on Sunday. The trains are pulled by a locomotive of the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn and consist of new coaches of the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn with air conditioning.

Previously, the service was run all the way between Rostock - Berlin - Leipzig - Gera using German diesel multiple units of the Talent class. This service commenced in December 2001 under the flag of Ostseeland Verkehr GmbH Since those trains were constructed for regional use, longer journeys were quite unpleasant. Only later were they fitted with more comfortable long distance seats. From the beginning on they had a BoardBistro. This train was conceptualized as a compensation for the cancelled Deutsche Bahn trains between Rostock and Leipzig. The trains offered three classes: Traveler, Economy and Business. Each of them with a different kind of service. These classes disappeared in May 2006, when the train service was shortened to the current section Leipzig - Berlin. Ticketing has been simplified at the same time.

There was a period of transition for this service between May and December 2006. During this period, a shuttle train ran between Gera and Leipzig consisting of a diesel multiple unit of the Desiro class. In this period, the train service already ran twice a day only between Leipzig and Berlin, stopping at Berlin Potsdamer Platz (and some trains also at Bitterfeld). On Saturdays the train went all the way to Warnemünde via Neustrelitz, Waren and Rostock, making the return trip on Sundays. On Sundays it drove back from Warnemünde to Berlin and further to Leipzig.

This service was abandoned on 13 December 2014.


Plan of the Harz-Berlin-Express

Since December 2005, Veolia subcontractor HarzElbeExpress (HEX) has been operating the Harz-Berlin-Express from Berlin via the lines to Magdeburg and Halberstadt to Thale in the Harz on weekends. This route was previously operated by Deutsche Bahn.

Abandoned: Interconnex 2/Ostseeland Express

Plan of the Ostseeland Express

Interconnex 2, which was officially called the Ostseeland Express (OLX) since December 2005, ran between Stralsund, Berlin and Dresden. It came into operation in December 2004, starting at first at Zittau and then running via Berlin to Stralsund, with a summer extension to Rügen. In the summer of 2004, it was even extended at the Zittau side all the way to Liberec in the Czech Republic. Shuttle buses operated from Dresden and Usedom. However, at the timetable modification of December 2004, the route was changed to a shorter stretch. It was abandoned in late 2006.

Abandoned: InterConnex 3

Plan of the InterConnex 3

A third line between Rostock and Cologne ran between June 6 and October 27, 2003.


Two new lines were planned between Hamburg and Cologne, as well as Hamburg and Berlin as an extension of the regional trains between Sylt and Hamburg from December 2006 on. All long-distance trains should again run under the name of InterConnex. These plans were not implemented though.

Goods (Freight) trains

These are operated under the name of Connex Cargo Logistics GmbH.


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