Der Zug vs. Die Bahn?

What is the difference between Der Zug and Die Bahn? When do we use each?

October 26, 2013


Umm, I'm not really sure that is very helpful cbjj. Anyone can link to a dictionary... If you can't add insight then I don't know the point of responding.

As I understand it 'Zug' is the physical train. Like the big metal thing. 'Bahn' can mean that and also the train in a more abstract sense.

For example: "Hier kommt der Zug" and "Hier kommt die Bahn" would both be appropriate if you are standing on the train tracks and the train is coming. But "Ich hasse die Bahn" means "I hate the train (system)," while "Ich hasse den Zug" means "I hate the train," like a specific one, so people wouldn't really say (maybe they would say "Ich hasse diesen Zug;" "I hate this train"). In the end 'die Bahn' is far more common than 'Zug.' Germany's train system is called DB Bahn:

October 27, 2013

That's a very nice explanation, jtsauls. Thank you.

October 28, 2013

Hier kommt der Zug, not hier kommt den Zug. Der Zug is subject (Nominativ). Ihre Erklarung ist klar

January 13, 2014

Thanks for the catch.

January 14, 2014

Yup. Makes sense.

November 19, 2013

That really helped me! Thanks @jtsauls!

June 14, 2017

Der Zug is the engine or motor coach with the belonging waggons. For exampel »I wait for the train.« (in german »Ich warte auf den Zug.) Die Bahn is a short term for railway, tram and metro. It's also the short for »Die deutsche Bahn« the name of the railway company in Germany.

October 31, 2013

Die Bahn is the railway, der Zug is the train.

January 9, 2017
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