Cottbus Hauptbahnhof

Cottbus Hauptbahnhof is one of the main railway stations of the German state of Brandenburg. It was called Cottbus station until 9 December 2018. It is located just south of central Cottbus. It is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 2 station.[1]

Cottbus Hauptbahnhof
Junction station
Old station building, from the east
LocationVetschauer Str. 70, Cottbus, Brandenburg
Coordinates51°45′3″N 14°19′35″E
Platforms10 (formerly 12)
ConnectionsRE 1 RE 2 RE 10 RE 18
RB 11 RB 41 RB 43 RB 46 RB 49 RB 65
Other information
Station code1077[1]
DS100 codeBCS[2]
Fare zoneVBB: Cottbus A/7270[3]
Opened13 September 1866
Passengers< 50,000/day[4]
Preceding station   DB Fernverkehr   Following station
IC 56Terminus
Preceding station   DB Regio   Following station
TerminusRE 1
via Brandenburg (Havel) - Berlin - Frankfurt (Oder)
toward Leipzig Hbf
RE 10Terminus
TerminusRE 18
toward Dresden Hbf
TerminusRB 11
via Eisenhüttenstadt
RB 43Terminus
RB 49Terminus
Preceding station   Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn   Following station
toward Wismar
RE 2
via Berlin
toward Lübben
RB 41Terminus
TerminusRB 46
TerminusRB 65
Neuhausen (bei Cottbus)
toward Zittau
Cottbus Hauptbahnhof
Location within Brandenburg
Cottbus Hauptbahnhof
Location within Germany
Cottbus Hauptbahnhof
Location within Europe


Cottbus station entered into operation on 13 September 1866 with the opening of the railway line from Berlin. In 1867, this line was extended to Görlitz. In 1870, the station building was inaugurated, located between the tracks as an “island station” (German: Inselbahnhof). In the following years, other railway lines were built in the region. The Großenhainer Bahnhof (the station serving trains to Großenhain) was opened on the Großenhain–Cottbus railway in 1873, north of the Berliner Bahnhof (the station serving trains to Berlin). In 1880, this station was closed and the trains were diverted to the Berlin station. The building of the Großenhainer Bahnhof still exists and serves the railway administration.

In 1886, the station's new owners, the Prussian state railways, built a tunnel to connect the platforms. To the north of the station there were originally freight facilities.

In 1899, the Spreewald Railway was opened with its terminus on the edge of the track field north of the state station.[5]

By 1927 there were plans to build a new building on the southern side of the tracks because of the lack of space in the station building, which was confined on its island. However, these were not realised because of the Great Depression.

In February 1945, the station building and other parts of the station were destroyed in an air raid. After the war, a barracks-like building was built for passengers to replace the destroyed building. This provisional building remained for a long time and proved to be more and more inadequate. In the late 1960s, there were plans to build a new station building on the south side of the line. In 1970, the first preparations were made for its construction. As Cottbus was an important railway junction, especially for freight, because of the extensive lignite mining in the region, extensive preparations had to be made before the main construction could begin. These included the duplication of several lines in the Cottbus area, in order to relieve the junction. An additional platform was built. In 1974, work began on the new platform tunnel. Finally, after four years of construction, on 5 October 1978, the new station building went into operation.

On 30 September 1989, the Lübbenau–Cottbus line was electrified, including the tracks at Cottbus station. On 16 December 1989, electrification was extended to Finsterwalde on the Halle–Cottbus line. In 1990, it was extended to Senftenberg (on the Großenhain–Cottbus line) and Guben (Cottbus–Guben line).

In 1995, the National Garden Show (Bundesgartenschau) was held in Cottbus. On this occasion, the entrance building was extensively renovated and expanded.

At the end of November 2010, a new electronic interlocking system was put into operation at a cost of €50 million. Since then, all signals, switches and crossings in the area of Cottbus station have been controlled from the control centre at Berlin-Pankow.[6]


The station is located south of central Cottbus on an east–west orientation. The original structure of the station as an island station can still be easily recognised by the large open area between the tracks. On this island some of the outbuildings of the temporary station built after the war have been preserved. Originally, the station was reached from Bahnhofstraße, which runs east of the station on a bridge over the tracks; there is now no connection from the bridge.

On the central island there are two platform edges on through tracks and some bay platforms on terminating tracks. The station building, built in the style of the 1970s, is on the southern side of the tracks. During the reconstruction a new “home platform” was created next to the new entrance building. Between the entrance building and the central island, there are two island platforms and another north of it.[7]

During the reconstruction, a tunnel was built from the new station building to the middle island. The original station tunnel is located about 100 metres to its west. It starts on the platform that faces the current tracks 2 and 3 and links the platforms with each other and with the northern exit on the city side. It could not, however, be extended to the new station building. To get from the station building to the northernmost platform or the northern entrance, it is necessary to change tunnels. At the northern entrance there are no ticket facilities or waiting rooms. In front of its exit is the Spreewaldbahnhof, the starting point of the disused narrow gauge Spreewald Railway. Between the northern entrance and the platforms there are facilities for freight. These are for the most part no longer in operation, including the freight loading and unloading facilities and the container terminal.

The entrance building contains a ticket office, various dining facilities, a bookstore, and a shop selling local products. There are facilities for waiting in the heated concourse building.

Directly in front of the entrance building is the stop for tram lines 1 and 5 and some bus lines. Tram lines 2, 3 and 4 stop east of the station at the intersection of Bahnhofstraße and Stadtring.


Until 2000 the station was the only passenger station in the city, so its name did not need to be distinguish it from other stations. Since then, a new stations has been built at Cottbus Sandow and the stations now known as Cottbus-Merzdorf and Cottbus-Willmersdorf Nord have had Cottbus added to their names. During the renovation of the station for the National Garden Show the name on the outside facade of the station was changed from Bahnhof Cottbus ("Cottbus station") to Cottbus Hauptbahnhof ("Cottbus central station"). Both the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (Berlin-Brandenburg Transport Association) and the public transit system of Cottbus–Cottbusverkehr–call the station in their timetables Cottbus Hauptbahnhof. Officially the railway station, despite its importance, however, was still not known as Cottbus Hauptbahnhof. On 9 December 2018, its name was officially changed to Cottbus Hauptbahnhof.

Rail services

The station has lost its former role as a long-distance transport junction. It is served only by one pair of long-distance trains.

The station is served by the following services:[8]

Line Operator Route Interval
IC 56 DB Fernverkehr CottbusBerlinPotsdamMagdeburgHanoverBremenOldenburg (Oldb)Norddeich Mole 1×/day
RE 1 DB Regio Nordost Cottbus Guben Eisenhüttenstadt Frankfurt (Oder)Berlin Potsdam Brandenburg – Magdeburg 3×/day
RE 2 Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn Cottbus – Lübbenau (Spreewald) – Lübben (Spreew)Königs Wusterhausen – Berlin – Berlin-SpandauLudwigslustSchwerinWismar 120 min
RE 10 DB Regio Nordost CottbusCalauDoberlug-KirchhainFalkenberg (Elster)EilenburgLeipzig 120 min
RB 11 DB Regio Nordost CottbusGuben – Eisenhüttenstadt – Frankfurt (Oder) 60 min
RE 18 DB Regio Nordost CottbusSenftenbergRuhlandDresden 120 min
RB 41 Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn CottbusKolkwitzVetschau – Lübbenau (Spreewald) – Lübben (Spreew) 120 min
RB 43 DB Regio Nordost Cottbus – Calau – Doberlug-Kirchhain – Falkenberg (Elster) (- Herzberg) 120 min
RB 46 Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn CottbusForst (Lausitz) 60 min
RB 49 DB Regio Nordost Cottbus – Senftenberg – Ruhland Elsterwerda-Biehla – Falkenberg (Elster) 120 min
RB 65 Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn CottbusGörlitzZittau 60 min

Until mid-December 2014 the station was also served by EuroCity "Wawel", which used to run once daily between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Wrocław Główny.


The station built during the renovation in the 1970s remained in many ways an inadequate station, partly because of its lack of continuous tunnels. Deutsche Bahn is planning the renovation of the station.[9] All tracks and platforms of the passenger station are to be rebuilt and the signalling system is to be modernised. The modernisation is expected to cost almost €100 million.

At the end of 2008, DB Netz was requested by the Federal Railway Authority to demolish large parts of the infrastructure of the former container terminal on the north side of the station.[10] The city of Cottbus plans an extension of Wilhelm-Külz-Straße on the site.


  1. "Stationspreisliste 2020" [Station price list 2020] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
  3. "Der VBB-Tarif: Aufteilung des Verbundgebietes in Tarifwaben und Tarifbereiche" (PDF). Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam. Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  4. "Bahnhofsentwicklungsprogramm Brandenburg. Aktueller Stand und Konzeption 2006" (PDF) (in German). November 2006. p. 25. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  5. The Spreewaldbahn - the documentation of a disused railway (in German)
  6. "Zugverkehr auf Cottbuser Bahnhof ist eingestellt" (in German). Lausitzer Rundschau. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  7. "Station track plan" (PDF) (in German). Deutsche Bahn. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  8. Timetables for Cottbus station (in German)
  9. "100 Millionen Euro – Bahn will Bahnhof in Cottbus sanieren" (in German). Lausitzer Rundschau. 8 December 2008. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  10. Announcement of the Federal Railway Authority of 19 December 2008.


  • Günter Liesk, Horst Puschmann und Dieter Wiene (2002). "Der Bahnhof Cottbus". Schienenverkehr in der DDR, volume III (in German). Transpress. pp. 185–194. ISBN 3-613-71186-9.
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