BTE AutoReiseZug

Travelling with vehicle by train safe and relaxed – is that possible? It is! With the BTE AutoReiseZug between Hamburg and Loerrach.

Whether you´re planning your holiday on Germany’s coasts, in Scandinavia, the Swiss Alps, in France or Italy: With the BTE AutoReiseZug between Hamburg and Loerrach you can look forward to a safe and relaxed journey over night. You make the best of your holiday from the first to the last minute.
Over night you can pass long distances, traffic jams or bad weather. So you avoid the stressful driving on the highway and your holiday begins at the very beginning. Make yourself comfortable in your compartment. Your car or motorbike travels safely on the vehicle transport wagon with all your luggage.

Your travel days
For your planning you can choose from 131 travel days in the 2022 season in total.
Especially in the holiday season the trains are fully booked quickly. Therefore we recommend to early bookings to secure a place for your desired travel day. All travel days until October 2022 (marked blue) can be booked.
There may be restrictions due to the current pandemic situation.
The daily updated price for your chosen train is shown in the booking system at the end of the first booking page.


Everything worth knowing for your holiday with the BTE AutoReiseZug.


Your advantages with the FlexService
You get more possibilities should something not work out as planned in your holiday planning.
You once can change your travel day free of charge to any other travel day, as long as places are available and only need to pay the difference for a more expensive day.
You benefit from more favorable cancellation conditions, should you not be able to use your booking at all.

ADAC members save 15 euros per booking and route

The discount is granted when booking a combined passenger and vehicle ticket, whereby the ADAC member must be part of the travel group. The discount cannot be combined with other promotions and is only valid in connection with a valid ADAC card in the name of the booking participant. The discount applies per route and booking (regardless of the number of people).

That's how it's done
Book by phone on +49 (0) 911 - 240 388 - 22 or online with your ADAC membership number. When booking online, enter the membership number in the "Your message to us / ADAC membership number" field. The discount is granted retrospectively and sent to you with an updated confirmation that has been reduced by the benefit.

BTE AutoReiseZug makes for a comfortable journey in every way.

Would you prefer to travel in complete privacy
 with your own compartment?
Or would you like
 to travel conveniently and economically in a compartment shared with others?
Whether with family as a group or alone, you’ll find just the right option among our comfort classes, which all share one thing in common: they’ll ensure you have a pleasant journey.


The sleeping car has two categories of compartments.

Comfort compartment:
The compartment is available for up to 3 persons. It has a wash closet with sink and mirror.

Deluxe compartment:
bookable via customer service only
The compartment is available for up to 4 persons. It has two double beds and a private bathroom (sink, shower/WC).

For both categories of compartments applies:

  • Bookable as compartment only

  • Comfortable seats with table during the day, comfortable beds with pillows and blankets at night

  • Fresh towels

  • Sockets for razor, hairdryer, laptop, cell phone

  • Air conditioning in the car

  • Breakfast on the morning of arrival, in deluxe compartment champagne breakfast

  • Two Washroom and shower/WC in the car


CouchettePlus compartments offer all advantages of the couchette with a certain Plus.

Book as  family or group a compartment for up to 4 people and thus benefit from more space and privacy for yourself and your fellow travelers.

  • Bookable as compartment only

  • Comfortable seats during the day,
    couchettes with pillows and covers at night

  • Fresh towels

  • Reading lamp per seat

  • Temperature control

  • Breakfast on the morning of arrival

  • Washroom and WC in the car


Couchette compartments offer a comfortable and affordable accommodation.

Book as a family or group a private compartment for up to 5 people. Travel alone, book a single seat in a shared compartment, which is booked by up to 4 other people.

  • Bookable as whole compartment
    or single seats

  • Comfortable seats during the day,
    couchettes with pillows, blankets and sheets at night

  • Reading lamp per seat

  • Temperature control

  • Breakfast snack on the morning of arrival

  • Washroom and WC in the car

On the way with vehicle and luggage.


Our vehicle transportwagon are designed so that your vehicle and luggage are transported securely. The open vehicle transportwagon travel at speeds of up to 160 km/h, which is why your roof luggage racks and baggage need to be secure. For this reason, there are a few rules, certain vehicle specifications (length, roof width, height, weight, etc.) to be observed.

You’ll find the vehicle dimensions and information on curb weight in your vehicle registration. The roof width is to be measured individually. Please make sure that the vehicle information you provide during booking is correct according to your vehicle registration. Any deviations could make it impossible to load your vehicle.

Height (incl. any mounted luggage): In the case of roof luggage /roof boxes / racks, please measure the height at the highest point.

Roof width: The upper roof width including any mounted luggage must not exceed 135 cm or 155 cm, depending on the vehicle type. Unfortunately, we cannot transport vehicles with a roof width of more than 155 cm.
In the case of mounted roof luggage/roof boxes, please measure the width of the luggage/box at its highest point.

Curb weight: Our vehicle transportwagon have a maximum loading weight for each loading level. That’s why it’s absolutely essential for us to know the curb weight of your vehicle according to your vehicle registration.

Luggage: You can transport permanently mounted, secured and locked roof boxes and bike racks on or at your vehicle as well as motorcycle bags if all specified loading dimensions are complied with.

Other items as well as magnetic boxes cannot be transported on the roof of the vehicle.

Surfboards and lightweight boats can also be transported if affixed next to the vehicle if they are specified prior to booking.

Loading / Travel times (2022 season).

(Approx. times, the binding times will be stated on the ticket, changes due to short-term measures are possible.
We recommend, e.g. for return journeys, to check incoming mails due to a possible new ticket dispatch.)

Southbound: Hamburg >> Loerrach

Train number: 1310/1818

Check-in / Loading Hamburg-Altona: appr. 19:00 until 21:45

Departure Hamburg-Altona: appr. 22:20

Arrival Loerach (platform 12): appr. 11:00

Discharge of vehicles starts after the arrival at Loerrach platform

Northbound: Loerrach >> Hamburg

Train number: 1311/1819

Check-in / Loading Loerrach: appr. 15:30 until 17:15

Departure Lorrach (platform 12): appr. 17:30

Arrival Hamburg-Altona: app. 07:40
Discharge of vehicles starts after the arrival

COVID-19: Current information for travelling with the BTE AutoReiseZug.

As our guest on the BTE AutoReiseZug, you travel safely. A consistent hygiene concept applies on board. All sanitary areas are equipped with soap or disinfectant dispensers, we provide bedding and towels, and the windows in the couchette car can be opened at any time to let fresh air in.

When travelling in the comfort classes Sleeping Car Deluxe, Sleeping Car Comfort and Couchette Car Plus, you are always booked in your personal private compartment - without the boarding of other travellers parties. Therefore, you do not need to wear a mask there (however, this is mandatory on the platforms, when entering/leaving you private compartment and in the corridors).

Please also note the testing or documentation requirements prescribed by the authorities for your destination country or your destination region as well as any quarantine requirements and find out about the current pandemic regulations on the official websites of governments or authorities before you start your journey, as we do not have any information on this able to provide information. According to our current conditions of carriage, we assume no liability (e.g. refunds) for restrictions from your travel planning that arise in connection with Covid-19 requirements.
We wish all passengers a pleasant journey with us on board - stay healthy.


Do you have any questions or need support?


Our BTE AutoReiseZug customer service team is available by telephone on +49 (0) 911 - 240 388 22.
You can reach us personally from Monday to Friday during the office opening hours and any time by
e-mail to
If you can´t reach us personally, we will be happy to call you back.

Refunds in the event of delays or train cancellations.

If you have experienced any inconvenience due to a delay or cancellation of a train, we apologize. In addition, we naturally offer you compensation as part of our conditions of carriage. In the interest of speedy processing, please use our passenger rights form.
You can print out the form here, fill it out and send it to us by post with the required documents.

You can view the conditions of carriage for using the BTE AutoReiseZug directly here.


You can view the BTE AutoReiseZug fare announcements directly here.