Witten Hauptbahnhof

Witten Hauptbahnhof is a railway station in the town of Witten in western Germany. It is situated southwest of the town.

Witten Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn
Through station
58452, Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates51°26′07″N 7°19′46″E / 51.435299°N 7.329332°E / 51.435299; 7.329332Coordinates: 51°26′07″N 7°19′46″E / 51.435299°N 7.329332°E / 51.435299; 7.329332
Owned byDB Netz
Operated byDB Station&Service
Train operatorsAbellio Rail NRW
DB Regio NRW
ConnectionsS 5
ArchitectRichard Sauerbruch
Other information
Station code6822
DS100 codeEWIT
Fare zoneVRR: 470[1]
Opened9 March 1849 / 1901
Preceding station   Abellio Rail NRW   Following station
toward Essen Hbf
RE 16
toward Siegen Hbf
toward Essen Hbf
RB 40
toward Hagen Hbf
Preceding station   DB Regio NRW   Following station
RE 4
toward Aachen Hbf
Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn   Following station
toward Dortmund Hbf
S 5
toward Hagen Hbf
Witten Hauptbahnhof is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Witten Hauptbahnhof
Witten Hauptbahnhof
Location within North Rhine-Westphalia

In 1849 the station was opened as Witten West by the Bergisch-Märkische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft. At the end of the 19th century the whole station was reconstructed, the new station building was designed by the architect Richard Witten Sauerbruch and opened in 1901. It is now part of The Industrial Heritage Trail (German: Route Industriekultur). In 1940 the station was renamed Witten Hauptbahnhof.[2]


Witten station was originally built as part of the Elberfeld–Dortmund trunk line of the Bergisch-Märkische Railway Company, which was opened on 20 December 1848, originally only for freight. On 26 October 1860, the BME began building its Ruhr route from this station.[2]

Deutsche Reichsbahn opened a freight rail line through Witten-Höhe to Wengern Ost connecting with the Ruhr Valley Railway on 4 October 1926. In Witten-Höhe, the Witten–Wengern Ost/Schwelm railway branched off from 15 May 1934 to 30 November 1979, carrying passenger trains to Gevelsberg West and Schwelm. This line was permanently closed at the beginning of 1983. Passenger services continued through Wengern Ost to Hagen-Vorhalle for three years, but were also closed on 1 June 1986.

Current situationEdit

The section of the Elberfeld–Dortmund line to the south is used by both long distance and regional services, the section of the line to the north has, however, only been used by Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn line S 5 since 1988.

The regional services stop in the station on the Witten/Dortmund–Oberhausen/Duisburg line to Essen Hauptbahnhof. Since 1988, long-distance services have run without stopping in Witten on the same route as well as on the faster line built via the Oberstraße Tunnel to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof.

The only lines still in operation on the south bank of the Ruhr (Witten Hbf to Witten-Höhe, Witten-Höhe to Wengern Ost, Wengern Ost to Hagen-Vorhalle) are now connected together as a through freight route.

Line Line name Route
RE 4 Wupper-Express AachenMönchengladbachDüsseldorfWuppertalHagen – Witten - Dortmund
RE 16 Ruhr-Sieg-Express EssenBochum – Witten – Hagen – Letmathe – (FinnentropSiegen) / Iserlohn
RB 40 Ruhr-Lenne-Bahn Essen – Bochum – Witten – Hagen
S 5 Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn Dortmund – Witten – Wetter (Ruhr) – Hagen

The tram lines 309 and 310 stops nearby Witten Hbf at the stop Witten Bahnhofstraße. At the moment there is a rail replacement bus service between Crengeldanz and Bochum-Langendreer. When the new tramline is completed (November 2020), the new line 309 will run between Heven Dorf and Bochum-Langendreer S.

Line name Route
309 Bochum Langendreer SWitten Rathaus – Witten Bahnhofstraße - Heven Dorf
Line name Route
310 Bochum-Höntrop Kirche – Bochum HbfWitten Rathaus – Witten Bahnhofstraße - Heven Dorf

The bus junction is served by the express bus route SB38 (Ennepetal - Gevelsberg - Wetter - Witten - Hattingen) and city bus lines 320, 371, 375, 376, 379 and 592. At night (weekend) the junction is also served by the night buses NE17 and NE18. All cities closed-by Witten can be reached.


  1. ^ "Liniennetzplan/Wabenplan" (PDF). Bochum-Gelsenkirchener Straßenbahnen AG. April 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Witten Hauptbahnhof" (in German). route-industriekultur. Retrieved 7 September 2011.

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