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Abbreviation of (now obsolete) Schnellbahn, from schnell ("fast") + Bahn ("track, train")


S-Bahn f (genitive S-Bahn, plural S-Bahnen)

  1. suburban metro railway (usually overground), a fast local train

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The S-Bahn is not to be confused with the Straßenbahn, which is a city-center train with many stops (or in other words, an overground kind of subway). In densely populated areas, one will have to take the S-Bahn to get to the next city, and then switch to the local Straßenbahn to arrive at one's final destination. (Note that some traffic regions do not use S-Bahnen, but have similar trains called, for example, Regionalbahn.)

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