The München-Nürnberg-Express (literally: Munich-Nuremberg Express) is a RegionalExpress train service in the southern German state of Bavaria, connecting the two main cities of the state, Munich and Nuremberg. With its maximum speed of 200 km/h (120 mph), the train is currently (as of 2007) the fastest regional train service in Germany. The train was formerly known under the project name FRESH, expanding to FRanken-Express über die Schnellfahrstrecke in die LandesHauptstadt (FRanconia Express via the High speed line to the state Capital).
The service currently calls at the following stops:
Trains run bi-hourly between 5:00 and 23:00, with supplemental services during rush hour. Together with the Allersberg-Express, there is a half-hour interval between Allersberg and Nuremberg from 5:00 to 8:00. One train, departing 17:05 from Munich, does not call at Petershausen any more. Deutsche Bahn claimed too high a demand as the reason.
The 171 km journey takes about 1 hour 45 minutes with a prolonged 15-minute stay at Ingolstadt Hauptbahnhof to allow the service to be overtaken by ICE trains. In Ingolstadt, the service has direct connections to ICE and regional services to Augsburg, Regensburg and Ulm. In Nuremberg, connections to the ICE trains to the Ruhr valley and the Franken-Sachsen-Express to Dresden via Hof and Chemnitz can be made. According to Deutsche Bahn sources, about 5,000 passengers per day used the train in the first weeks of service. The train is the only regional train in Bavaria where tickets are sold on board; on-board ticket sales ceased in the other trains on April 1, 2007.
As of the 2007 schedule, the München-Nürnberg-Express is the only regional train in Germany with a maximum speed of 200 km/h. This high speed is necessary to not hinder the ICE traffic, which travels at speeds of up to 300 km/h. However, since Deutsche Bahn does not own regional rolling stock capable of travelling at such high speeds, push-pull InterCity train compositions are used for the service.
Between September and November 2006, 26 coaches (among them three driving van trailers) were specially equipped for the München-Nürnberg-Express in the Neumünster workshop. The coaches were repainted to the red livery used by regional trains. The interior remains largely unchanged from the regular InterCity, providing tables, folding tables, reading lamps and laptop sockets. The normal InterCity passenger information system is installed in the coaches, however seats cannot be reserved on the train. Coaches are pressurised to avoid uncomfortable pressure variations in tunnels. The train does not have a buffet car, but snacks and drinks are served from a trolley. The train is a non smoking train, just like any other Bavarian regional train.
On weekday mornings, a ten-coach train pulled by two Class 101 engines operates on the line. Due to the length of the train, the last four coaches are locked between Ingolstadt and Nuremberg, as they do not come to stop at the platforms on the high speed line.