Journey times and lines
The upgrading of the Nuremberg-Ebensfeld line will benefit both regional and long-distance rail passengers. Journey times for ICE trains going via the Nuremberg-Erfurt route will be cut by about an hour. Thus, a considerable portion of the targeted two and a half hour cut in the journey time from Munich to Berlin to four hours will be accounted for by this section of German Unity Transport Project No. 8 (VDE 8).
Significant progress was achieved on adjacent sections of the overall line when upgraded and new lines from Munich to Nuremberg (for speeds of up to 300 km/h) and Leipzig/Halle to Berlin (for speeds of up to 200 km/h) were opened in 2006. An S-Bahn (rapid transit) line was constructed on the Nuremberg-Forchheim section of the line. Trains run from Nuremberg to Erlangen every 20 minutes and on to Forchheim every 40 minutes. From Forchheim there is a regional service to Bamberg every hour.