Today we’re happy to announce that HERE apps now include full train and transit information from Deutsche Bahn, the German rail company.
You'll be able to plan any train journey - including the super-fast ICE trains, buses, trams, subways and walking routes to and from every stop in Germany - if you use the following HERE apps: HERE for Samsung Galaxy smartphones, HERE Maps and HERE Transit for Windows Phone and beta.here.com.
With this agreement, our apps not only show all Deutsche Bahn train connections and timetables, but also those provided by all the regional transport operators and transport companies. This means that our apps cover transit information across all of Germany, so you'll be able to plan your journey door-to-door.
Making it easier for travelers to use public transit - from long-distance trains to local buses - is one of our main commitments for HERE apps. No matter whether you're a commuter in Berlin or a traveler visiting the Black Forest and then Munich for the Oktoberfest, HERE has you covered.
This means that you don’t have to use different apps to get the best local transit knowledge across Germany: one app rules them all, with the same clean and clear interface throughout.
It's a pain when you have to use one app to get from home to the train station in Hamburg, then another to check the train connection from there to Berlin and then a third app to find your way to the fairground where you may want to visit this year’s Innotrans, the world's largest trade fair for the rail transport industry.
You don’t even have to update any of the HERE apps you’re using right now: the connection with the Deutsche Bahn database is done by our location cloud and brought to you automatically.
If you want to try it now, you just have to open HERE Maps or HERE Transit on your Windows Phone, go to beta.here.com (make sure you’re registered for the beta) and, soon, the HERE app on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Just type where you want to start from and where you want to go and you'll be given the smartest connection, with details of how to walk between stops, where to change and how long your journey will take. All you have to do is sit back and relax.
Do you regularly use trains and local transit in Germany, or are you planning to do so in the near future? Let us know in the comments section below.