I have to admit that I don’t know since when the Zugradar (train radar) of the Deutsche Bahn (DB) is online, but I found it per accident and I think it’s fun to play around with it. The DB commonly has a bad reputation because of the many delays, so here you can now see how many trains are actually moving and how fast they (sometimes) are. It’s possible to display long-distance trains (IC and ICE) as well as regional trains. Check out the high-speed train from Frankfurt Airport to Cologne, which goes with 300 km/h over almost the entire distance, pretty impressive!
Some of those live maps are not only useful, but also beautiful. Check for example Flightradar24, an airplane tracking service. The map is simple and informative, and there is a lot of additional info available when you click the small planes.
More vehicle tracking sites:
- The ÖBB Zugradar for Austria (well, not so beautiful)
- The vesselfinder for ships (pretty nice)
- Sailwx, another ship tracker (not really fancy)
- Marinetraffic for ship traffic worldwide (not bad)
- The NOAA ship tracker from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (quite beautiful)
- Planefinder – world-wide airplane traffic (very impressive!)
Do you know about other tracking websites that we must see?