Wunderline | Groningen (NL) - Bremen (DE) rail connection

Quality improvement of the railway connection between Groningen (the Netherlands) and Bremen (Germany) provides a comfortable, fast and international train connection with shorter travel time. This will bring the Netherlands and northern Germany closer together. As a result, students and employees will soon be able to study and work in the neighbouring country more easily. For tourists, the Wunderline will become more attractive to cross the border with for a day trip.

In the coming years, we will work on the rail route and adjacent stations. The journey will not only be shorter, but also more comfortable. That way, the Wunderline will ultimately offer a sustainable and equal alternative to the car. We will do this in steps

Quick and easy door-to-door

Equally important: residents of the border regions should be able to travel easily to and from the Wunderline stations. This is why we are improving the connection of different means of transport. Fast and comfortable door-to-door travel! We also ensure that the station becomes a pleasant waiting place. Think of opportunities to get something to eat or drink, water taps and a good, covered waiting area. For all these things, we will work together with municipalities and transport organisations along the railway in the coming years.

An important link between Copenhagen and the Netherlands

The Wunderline connects different areas with international destinations and is a cross-border connection to travel from Copenhagen via Hamburg, Bremen to the Netherlands. It promotes sustainable cross-border mobility and contributes to the vision of a well-connected European transport network, where travellers can easily reach different countries with just one rail connection.

Boosting economic growth

Rail connections play a crucial role in stimulating regional economic growth. The Wunderline connects three important economic cities, namely Groningen, Oldenburg and Bremen, with the surrounding regions. A faster and more comfortable rail connection opens the doors to the region as a major hub between the Netherlands and northern Germany. This offers opportunities for cross-border mobility for students, an increase in tourism and the creation of a barrier-free cross-border job market.

The European Commission has calculated that, on average, border regions miss out on 8% economic growth because of border barriers. The Wunderline provides an efficient and reliable cross-border transport offer, which is essential for promoting economic growth and employment in the region. Investing in cross-border connections is therefore key to boosting the economy and creating jobs.

Climate protection

A climate-neutral Europe by 2050 and 55% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2030: to meet Europe's climate protection goals, transport emissions need to be reduced. This can only be achieved if more people are mobile in an environmentally friendly way. Shorter journey times, completely renovated stations, extra comfort and better accessibility make the train between Bremen and Groningen even more attractive - also for people who currently travel by car. The transition to more climate-friendly mobility is thus realised step by step.

Flagship project

The Wunderline has been named by the EU as a 'flagship project' (important exemplary project). It receives strong support at regional, national and European level. Since 2015, the European Union has provided funding twice for studies and the first construction phase. Province of Groningen, Land Lower Saxony, Bremen and governments on both sides of the border are working together to realise the project. Currently, the Wunderline partners are jointly exploring ways to realise the second construction phase.

European Year of Rail

In 2021, European rail transport was in the spotlight during the 'European Year of Rail'. With this initiative, the European Union aimed to use trains to allow more people to travel and transport more goods. Wunderline also contributed to this. Thus, the Wunderline Community meeting (for many stakeholders and interested parties) in autumn 2021 was entirely dedicated to the connection between the region and Europe. In the coming years, the Wunderline will also continue its efforts to highlight its added value for Europe and the regions.