Wuppertal Suspension Railway

Wuppertal is a medium size german city located 20 kilometers east of Dusseldorf. It has 350,000 inhabitants. Its metro system is very characteristic, a suspended monorail, unique in Europe. The first and only line of Wuppertal Wuppertal Suspension Railway became operational in 1901 with the section between Kluse and Zoo.

The Wuppertal Schwebebahn, as it is known, moves 25 million passengers per year. It is the oldest monorail transport system with wagons suspended in the world. It is an unique system. Over a distance of 13.3 kilometers, the light rail in Wuppertal flows through the Wupper Valley area between the two terminal stations: Rittershausen (currently Oberbarmen) and Vohwinkel, floating above the Wupper river for 10 kilometers at 12 meters above the ground. The section between Sonnborner Straße and Vohwinkel, above the streets of Vohwinkel, circulates at 8 meters along a distance of 3.3 km.

An end to end trip takes about 30 minutes and serves 20 stations.


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Lines and stations

Stations: Oberbarmen (Terminal del Este), Wupperfeld, Werther Brücke, Alter Markt, Adlerbrücke, Loher Brücke, Völklinger Straße, Landgericht, Kluse, Hauptbahnhof, Ohligsmühle, Robert-Daum-Platz, Pestalozzistr, Westende, Varresbecker Straße, Zoo/Stadion, Sonnborner Straße, Hammerstein, Bruch, Vohwinkel (Termnal del Oeste)

Hours and frequency

The frequency at rush hour is ,Monday to Friday, 4 minutes, 6 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays 8 minutes. After 21:00 the frequency decreases to 15 minutes. The hours are 5:20 am to 23:00 p.m. The schedule chart can be checked out online.

There are 18 trains running during rush hour and regular times. Only in the evenings / nights there are 11 trains.

Tickets and fares

A single ticket for the monorail in Wuppertal costs 2.5€ for adults and 1.5€ for children.

TagesTicket (Day ticket)

A day pass allows a person or group of people to use the bus and monorail in Wuppertal for a whole day. It is perfect for exploring the city on a one-day stay. Children under age 6 are free.

  • 1 person: 6,60 €
  • 2 people: 9,70 €
  • 3 people: 12,80 €
  • 4 people: 15,90 €
  • 5 people: 19,00 €

KombiTicket Zoo

Valid for use Wuppertal monorail and enter the Wuppertal Zoo. All trips you need in one day.

  • Adults: 15,00 €
  • Children: 8,00 €

Accesibility

All stations are equipped for passengers in wheelchairs and have modern elevators.

Security and safety

Since 2004 there are surveillance cameras for the safety of passengers.

Curious facts

All stations are 13 meters wide and 25 meters long.

The only original station is the Central Station.

It is one of the systems affected by the 2nd World War, where it was damaged. Just a year after war service operated normally. Only Kluse station,that was completely destroyed, was rebuilt much later, in 1999.

German name: Einschienige Hängebahn System Eugen Langen

It is one of the safest transportation systems in the world.

This system was used by the last German emperor, Wilhelm II

Tuffi the elephant, also traveled in the monorail. She destroyed the car where was being carried, broke windows and jumped into the river Wupper.

Wuppertal Schwebebahn video

Wuppertal Schwebebahn map

  • Also Known As: Schwebebahn
  • Passengers/Day 80000
  • Fares: 2.5€, honour system
  • 24h operation: No
  • Air Conditioning: No
  • Walk between platforms: No
  • Driverless trains: No
  • Screen Doors Platforms: No
  • Average Speed: 26,6km/h
  • Max. Speed: 60km/h
  • Operator: Wuppertaler Stadtwerke (WSW)
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Metro map of Wuppertal

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