Definition of S-Bahn in US English:



  • (in some German cities) a fast urban railroad line or system.

    • ‘Munich, where I live, has two local rail networks: the U-Bahn, underground, owned and operated by the city (as are the buses and trams); and the S-Bahn, owned and operated by a Deutsche Bahn (German national railway) operating company.’
    • ‘I loved the transport network: the Strassenbahn, the U-Bahn, the S-Bahn - the idiosyncrasies of their interconnections, the darkened stations passed through slowly under West Berlin, a forbidden territory.’
    • ‘This included lectures on subjects as diverse as S-Bahns and the Thalys, to trips on the latest high-speed line along with plenty of time to explore Germany's rail network for ourselves.’
    • ‘The S-Bahn, which takes us the 20 minute or so trip from the centre of Munich, draws to a stop, leaving us off in the centre of the pretty, pastoral town which until 1933, was a centre for art and learning.’
    • ‘There is only one follow-up to this - take the S-Bahn to the northern end of the S1 line, and take a stroll through the cobbled streets of Oranienburg.’
    • ‘The elevated S-bahn cuts right through central Berlin on an East - West axis.’


German, abbreviation of (Stadt) Schnellbahn ‘(urban) fast railway’.