Bombardier TWINDEXX Vario


Connecting cities in comfort

Bombardier’s intercity trains provide comfortable, safe and environmentally-friendly connections between densely populated areas.

Spacious compartments, separate zones for working, comfortable seats and modern lighting make journeys in Bombardier intercity trains an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Additional technologies such as tilting systems and radial steered bogies not only reduce travel time, but also minimize the noise level when travelling through curves.

Building on its wealth of experience in delivering intercity solutions, Bombardier has worked with rail operators, suppliers and passengers to develop its latest generation of TALENT, AVENTRA and OMNEO intercity trains.

Based on a modular approach, TALENT, AVENTRA and OMNEO intercity trains combine efficiency, reliability and low lifecycle costs.
Key features of Bombardier’s intercity solutions include:

  • Energy-saving technology
  • Modular propulsion designs and train configuration for operational flexibility
  • Modern bogie design
  • Ease of accessibility
  • Option of standard or wide-body car design
  • Internal and external noise minimized for passenger comfort
  • Customized seat design with power sockets and optional table for working and travelling
#Anchor : TALENT single-deck train

TALENT intercity connections

The TALENT 3 intercity train is a state-of-the-art transportation solution that offers operators an unlimited degree of flexibility. The key to the success of the TALENT 3 train is its modularity due to an interchangeable basic design which allows it to be configured to meet the individual needs of operators.

With environmental performance, specific emphasis was given to the application of Bombardier’s innovative technologies, including the intelligent MITRAC Energy Saver solution for improved energy efficiency. In addition, the train is equipped with the FLEXX Compact bogie for optimal performance and low maintenance costs.

Comfort over long journeys

The TALENT 3 train provides passengers with everything they need for a long journey including a spacious interior and ergonomically designed seats. To increase the passenger experience, customers can add a catering module, additional toilets and electronic seat reservation. In addition, Wi-Fi and tailored media packages can be added.


The TALENT 3 offers barrier-free access at 550 mm or 760 mm platforms. To close the gap between platform and train, the vehicles are equipped with sliding steps according to TSI-PRM.

By using sliding steps at different heights, easy and safe access from all platform levels within the operated network are ensured.

Modular interior design

The interior of the TALENT 3 is modular in its design. The base version offers ample space and comfortable seating for the passengers in vis-à-vis or row seating arrangements.

Customers have the option to install a catering module, multipurpose areas or a second toilet module.

Innovative maintenance solutions for the complete product lifecycle

For the TALENT 3 vehicle family, Bombardier offers comprehensive maintenance solutions over the complete product lifecycle.

By using new technologies such as the AVI-System and ORBITA solution combined with different business models, Bombardier offers tailored solutions and brings expertise to every step in the value chain.

Battery-powered variant for emission-free transport

The TALENT 3 solution is also available as a battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) when equipped with MITRAC traction batteries, for catenary-free operation up to 100 kilometres.

The battery train is an excellent alternative to DMUs for non-electrified and partially electrified networks, helping transit authorities keep environmental commitments and reduce emissions. 

The TALENT 3 Intercity application can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h.

Optimized for long-distance travel

The TALENT 3 train is a state-of-the-art, modular solution that can easily adapt to the needs of the customer. The train’s spacious interior provides a comfortable journey for passengers due to efficient positioning of traction equipment, allowing maximum use of interior space. The TALENT 3 solution also offers:

  • Comfort during long-distance travel
  • Speeds of up to 200 km/h
  • 35 to 45 per cent driven axles
  • One door per car side
  • Up to 12 cars and 550 seats per train
  • FLEXX Compact bogie for high mileage and low maintenance costs
  • MITRAC Energy Saver solution for energy efficiency 
Bombardier TALENT SWEG

Modular yet individual

Different front designs for regional, commuter and intercity variants, as well as livery adapted to the customer's brand, give the TALENT 3 train individual character.

Modern LED technology allows further adaptation of the front lights to customer-specific needs.

The front of the TALENT 3 train can be equipped with a snow-plough or a front spoiler.

#Anchor : AVENTRA single-deck train

AVENTRA intercity solutions

Bombardier has engineered a new generation of rolling stock to move the world: the AVENTRA solution.

Building on Bombardier’s expertise in keeping the United Kingdom moving for the last 20 years, the AVENTRA single-deck train has been developed for the requirements of mainline train operations, from high-capacity metro systems to intercity services.

Designed to be the fastest, smartest and most economical platform in modern rail, AVENTRA trains are modular, from carriage length to interior layout and design. They can easily be modified for different customer requirements while retaining core benefits such as a lightweight carbody and low lifecycle costs.

Designed for maintenance

Maintenance experts were involved in the design of the AVENTRA train from day one. This has enabled Bombardier to deliver optimized availability and reliability throughout the whole lifecycle. For customers, this means optimized cost and performance as well as predictable and planned maintenance exams that can be scheduled during fleet downtime.

Tools such as MITRAC Energy Saver solution, ORBITA solution and AVIS have enabled the AVENTRA train to realize a step change in maintenance performance, including:

  • 50 per cent improvement in exam periodicities since 2012
  • 40 per cent reduction in man-hours per exam
  • 40 per cent reduction in the maintenance contribution to whole life cost

Smart stabling

This remote wake-up feature enables AVENTRA trains to automatically re-energize during the night. Energy and operational costs are saved, and the trains can quickly switch on and prepare to transport the first passengers of the day.

Safe and efficient arrivals

Onboard and train-to-wayside systems have been developed to ensure safety and efficiency for both passengers and operators. Dwell time at stations is reduced by allowing AVENTRA trains to manage braking and door activation automatically on entry to a station.

Industry-leading digital features

The latest in IP-based plug-and-play systems make it easy for train operators and owners to change elements throughout the life of the train to match demand.

In addition, optional features such as infotainment systems and Bombardier’s GoJoe tool offer passengers unrivalled flexibility and real-time information during their journey.

Battery-powered variant for emission-free transport

The AVENTRA solution is also available as a battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) when equipped with MITRAC traction batteries, for catenary-free operation up to 100 kilometres.

The battery train is an excellent alternative to DMUs for non-electrified and partially electrified networks, helping transit authorities keep environmental commitments and reduce emissions.

Optional bi-mode solution for enhanced operational flexibility

With a top speed of 200 km/h, AVENTRA trains can operate in both diesel and electric modes giving operator’s the flexibility to power the train from an electric supply, or by using the onboard diesel engine.

Bombardier’s design-for-maintenance philosophy ensures optimized availability, reliability and performance.

Proven innovation, ground-breaking performance

Regardless of differing train configurations and functions, all versions of the AVENTRA train share the same innovative systems and components. The range of AVENTRA trains offer:

  • Speeds ranging from 145 km/h to 200 km/h
  • Low energy consumption and high comfort thanks to subsystems such as the FLEXX Eco bogie, ThermoEfficient Climatization system and smart stabling
  • Traction energy savings
  • Optimized availability, reliability, cost and performance thanks to the design-for-maintenance philosophy
Spacious interiors with large windows ensure a comfortable passenger experience.

Capacity and comfort

The flexible interior enables operators and owners to easily change elements throughout the life of the train, from mid-life upgrades to weekly interior re-configurations to match demand.

Spacious and well-appointed interiors are customizable, bright and easy to clean. The interior has been designed to maximize accessibility while cantilever seats improve cleanability and under-seat visibility.

Large windows make for a scenic passenger experience. Full colour displays deliver passenger information while optional features include fast 4G Wi-Fi, smartphone integration, at-seat power and live passenger counting.

The AVENTRA EMU for intercity travel features an aero cab to maximize speed, safety and comfort.

Flexibility without compromise

Bombardier’s modular design approach means that even fundamental elements, such as carriage length and the number of doors, can be altered within the framework of the core AVENTRA design.

A complete-knock-down approach to the carbody shell reduces assembly times and shipping costs while ensuring superior crash reparability.

Different cab modules have been designed to meet various customer requirements, whether they need operational flexibility, balanced performance and aesthetics or maximum speed.

#Anchor : OMNEO double-deck train

OMNEO intercity services

High-capacity double-deck trains are the recognized solution to the issue of overcrowded routes as building new tracks or extending platforms requires significant capital investment.

The OMNEO double-deck train allows operators to service high-capacity lines without compromising accessibility and comfort. The train can be used for commuter, regional and intercity service with maximum speeds ranging from 140 to 200 km/h.

With alternating single and double-deck cars, the OMNEO solution ensures outstanding capacity, comfort, accessibility and transparency as passengers have the benefit of visibility throughout the train.

Innovative single-deck/ double-deck concept

The OMNEO train’s alternating single-deck and double-deck coaches serve different functions.

Single-decks are dedicated to access and services featuring wide doors, large vestibules and interior equipment such as toilets and bicycle areas. All technical equipment is mounted on the roof of the single-deck cars to increase passenger space in the train’s interior.

Double-deck coaches are designed for capacity and comfort. The lack of doors, toilets and traction equipment within the cars enhances thermal and acoustic comfort. In addition, double-layer gangways minimize ambient noise.

Exceptional capacity

The OMNEO train is 2,990 mm wide, allowing 2+3 seating with 490 mm width at shoulder height, and 550 mm corridor width.

As a result, it provides up to 35 per cent more seating than standard double-deck trains creating an economically-friendly solution to increased ridership and overcrowded trains.

Superior accessibility

The train offers platform level entrances adaptable to platform heights of 550 to 920 mm to facilitate access for passengers with restricted mobility.

All cars offer a dedicated area for priority passengers together with adjacent seats for accompanying persons. A universally adapted toilet equipped for passengers with limited mobility is situated in the front car of the train.

Full flexibility for operators

The OMNEO train can be used for multiple types of operations, from commuter to intercity services, providing savings on operations and maintenance. Additional operational benefits include:

  • Maximum speeds ranging from 140 to 200 km/h
  • Exceptional range of train lengths from 81 to 135 m
  • Operators can increase the number of cars at any point with each car increasing capacity from 120 to 160 additional seats.

Spacious and comfortable

The design of the OMNEO train caters to the various travel requirements of passengers. The train’s exceptional design includes:

  • A carbody width of 2.99 m, allowing for seats that are 15 per cent wider than in a conventional double-deck and a 3+2 seating arrangement
  • Double-layer wide gangways that filter out sound ensuring minimum noise levels in the double-deck seating area
  • An open saloon providing visibility throughout the train
  • Panoramic windows with an integrated armrest

Environmental technologies

With ECO4 technologies, the OMNEO train provides an environmentally-friendly and efficient transportation solution for passengers through:

  • The MITRAC Permanent Magnet Motor for increased motor efficiency
  • EBI Drive 50 system for optimized speed and traction force
  • State-of-the-art aerodynamic computer modelling
  • A ThermoEfficient Climatization System
The OMNEO train was designed with customers and passengers in mind.

Designed for customers and passengers 

The OMNEO train provides a wide and spacious carriage allowing more seats and wider aisles without compromising passenger comfort. The solution offers operators the flexibility to use the trains for commuter, regional or intercity services. This double-deck train features:

  • Several ECO4 technologies, including the MITRAC Permanent Magnet Motor and the ThermoEfficient Climatization System
  • Up to 35 per cent more seating capacity than standard double-deck trains
  • Maximum speeds ranging from 140 to 200 km/h
  • Extra wide doors and vestibules
  • Level entrance at all doors from platform heights of 550, 760 or 920 mm

Full flexibility for operators’ needs

Flexibility is the main feature of the OMNEO train’s innovative concept. It offers an exceptional range of train lengths from 81 m upwards with increases in increments of 10 to 15 m. Plus, additional intermediate cars can be added during the lifetime of the train. It also offers level entrance at all doors for platform heights of 550, 760 or 920 mm.

With a high-tension steel body to reduce weight and create flexibility, the train can be optimized for multi-voltage cross-border versions on all European networks.

#Anchor : TWINDEXX Vario intercity solution

TWINDEXX Vario intercity solution 

TWINDEXX Vario double-deck trains present the leading economic and service-proven solution on the market. The single car concept provides outstanding operational flexibility, while significantly increasing transport system capacity and offering best-in-class passenger comfort.

The capacity requirements for trains are subject to strong fluctuations. With TWINDEXX Vario double-deck trains, Bombardier offers modular and variable concepts, which can easily be adapted to peak and off-peak travel times. In addition to traditional push-pull operations using electric or diesel locomotives, the trains are also in service as electric multiple units.

High transport capacity

The TWINDEXX Vario train’s double-deck design offers 30% more seating capacity than standard single-deck trains, allowing operators to service routes with high ridership. The train’s extended gauge ensures maximum width for passenger room and maximum head clearance in the upper-deck.

Maximum flexibility

The coaches of the TWINDEXX Vario solution are freely scalable in terms of the train length, and can be used for many different operational applications for regional and intercity trains thanks to their flexible traction equipment.

All TWINDEXX Vario trains can be operated as classic push-pull trains with a locomotive and control car or as an electric multiple unit. Coaches of different vehicle generations can be combined with each other. Different entry heights also allow the train to be easily adapted to the requirements of the operator and the existing infrastructure parameters. 

Premium passenger experience

The TWINDEXX Vario double-deck train has the amenities required for a pleasant journey. The trains are equipped with comfortable and spacious seating, first and second-class areas, Wi-Fi, luggage racks and multipurpose areas for bicycles, as well as vestibules with stepless, low-floor access. 

Proven success, trusted partner

The TWINDEXX Vario double-deck train has been chosen by long-distance operators from six different regions. Over the last 25 years, Bombardier has sold over 3,000 TWINDEXX Vario coaches in different countries, including Germany, Luxemburg, Denmark, Israel and Poland. Bombardier in a trusted partner in providing mobility solutions to meet the various needs of long-distance operators.

High reliability and availability

A condition-based maintenance system ensures the TWINDEXX Vario solution performs optimally, with high levels of reliability and availability.  The maintenance system improves the maintenance schedule, reducing downtime and time-based maintenance. 

TWINDEXX Vario double-deck train

Flexibility in configuration and operation

The TWINDEXX Vario solution brings flexible configurations and operational capabilities to the double-deck train segment. The coaches can operate as double-deck trains in locomotive-hauled configurations, or as a multiple unit, with single cars available in different entrance heights (600 to 1,150 mm).

Existing locomotives can easily be replaced by TWINDEXX Vario motor cars as required. This is of interest for the cross-border use of the trains, since both the locomotives and the coaches can be made multi-system capable. 

Sleek and environmentally-friendly design

Bombardier implemented aerodynamic optimizations on the TWINDEXX Vario cars, resulting in a sleek design, lower resistance and reduced energy consumption.

#Anchor : ZEFIRO Express train

ZEFIRO Express intercity services 

The ZEFIRO Express train brings comfort and high-speed to the intercity segment with the lowest total cost of ownership. Capable of comfortably seating up to 800 passengers, it is the perfect mobility solution for intercity routes with high ridership. Condition-based and predictive maintenance ensure lifecycle costs are low, reliability and availability are high, and the average lifetime of components is prolonged, generating more savings and revenue for customers.

Operational flexibility

The ZEFIRO Express solution offers flexible operating speeds ranging from 200 km/h to 250 km/h, providing passengers with quick connections from A to B.  The train also features adjustable configurations from 54 m (2-cars) to 213 m (8-cars) to accommodate customer requirements. The highly standardized propulsion package can service routes from regional/Intercity operation with high acceleration needs, to high-speed operation up to 250 km/h. 

Low total cost of ownership

The ZEFIRO Express offers the best operational costs for the customer. The solution provides both low capital expenditure and low operational expenditure due to best-in-class energy performance, high quality components and field experience and reduced wheel-wear. 

High capacity without compromising comfort

The ZEFIRO Express carbody is characterized by its flexibility and is designed to seat up to 800 passengers. The width can be adapted according to country-specific network requirements, allowing comfortable 2+3 seating if required. The spacious design offers the best single-deck capacity on the market.

High-capacity trains require solutions for quick boarding and departure, and the ZEFIRO Express is equipped with 1,400 mm doors and an interior that enables passengers to quickly locate available seats. 

Designed for all seasons

Bombardier has extensive experience developing solutions for Sweden and the Nordic climate. The ZEFIRO Express solution was designed for peak performance through all seasons and has undergone extensive testing in winter conditions. The train is reliable down to -40 Celsius and can run through an 80 cm snow drift.

Passenger comfort

The ZEFIRO Express solution features the highest passenger comfort level based on Bombardier’s high-speed platform experience.

Pressure-tight cars increase comfort when travelling through tunnels and when passing other trains, while also lowering noise when moving at full speed.

The train’s spacious design with high ceilings and a wide carbody provides passengers with comfortable seating, making long journeys more enjoyable.

Bombardier‘s flexible carbody design utilizes the maximum width possible within the given Nordic gauge profiles which allows maximum space and comfort for the passengers.

Battery-powered variant for emission-free transport

The ZEFIRO Express is also available as a battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) when equipped with MITRAC traction batteries, for catenary-free operation up to 100 kilometres. The ZEFIRO Express battery train is an excellent alternative to DMUs for non-electrified and partially-electrified networks, helping transit authorities keep environmental commitments and reduce emissions.

The ZEFIRO Express quickly and efficiently transports passengers from A to B, while providing operators with the lowest total cost of ownership.

Flexibility in configuration and operation

Travelling up to 250 km/h, the ZEFIRO Express can quickly and efficiently move up to 800 seated passengers. The train’s spacious interior ensures passengers are comfortable during their journey, even in 2+3 seating arrangements.

Designed for the Nordic climate, this mobility solution can perform in temperatures as low as -40 Celsius, and plough through snow drifts as high as 80 cm, ensuring a reliable service, regardless of the season.

The solution also features:

  • The widest carbody on the market for greater capacity or greater comfort, depending on the customer’s needs
  • The lowest total cost of ownership due to energy efficiency and optimized maintenance costs, long life components, as well as condition-based and predictive maintenance
  • Highly efficient propulsion system with 1.25 megawatts per propulsion package, and scalable, redundant single-axle drive propulsion, optimizing maintenance costs
Designed for reliable intercity services, regardless of the weather conditions.

Built for all weather conditions and high-speed performance 

The exterior of the ZEFIRO Express was specially designed to take on all weather elements with a winter package which ensures reliability down to -40 Celsius.

The train has also been designed for superior accessibility. Boarding height is flexible, and the step-free entrance allows passengers with reduced mobility to board the train without assistance. The entrance area is spacious with 1,400 mm wide doors for easy access and rapid boarding, increasing reliability by allowing the train to stay on schedule.

ZEFIRO Express - Sweden

ZEFIRO Express train - Sweden

Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract with Västtrafik to supply 40 high-speed ZEFIRO Express trains to cater to growing regional traffic in Sweden’s region of Västra Götaland.

The three-car trains are designed for high capacity, premium passenger comfort, low operational cost, and the ability to operate under the harsh weather conditions prevalent in Nordics. The ZEFIRO Express trains will operate at speeds of up to 200 km/h, offer seating for 270 passengers and includes features such as Wi-Fi, low-floor and multi-purpose areas. The trains have a pressure-tight, ultra-wide carbody, which outperforms competition in terms of passenger comfort.

With a focus on the unique needs of Västra Götaland, Bombardier offers a solution that´s highly reliable with a diagnostic capability to increase availability, ensuring a high degree of schedule effectiveness.

  • Seats 270 passengers, with 2+3 seating which delivers highest capacity
  • Features winterization package for very low temperature conditions down to -40 degrees
  • Design speed of 200 km/h

#Anchor : Additional reference projects

Additional regional projects

In addition to the TALENT, AVENTRA, OMNEO and TWINDEXX trains, Bombardier has designed and produced a number of other single and double-deck regional trains for customers around the world.


ICE T Intercity train - Germany

A consortium led by Bombardier and composed of its partners Deutscher Waggonbau (DWA), Siemens, DUEWAG and Fiat Ferroviaria, has supplied ICE T electrical multiple units to German Rail (DB AG). The trains provide passengers with intercity services to other parts of Germany and surrounding countries. 

Using tilting technology, higher speeds can be achieved while going around curved sections which result in journey time reductions of up to 20 per cent while significantly improving passenger comfort.

The ICE T is a multiple unit train which means the traction equipment is distributed over the full length of the train, it is possible to obtain a higher acceleration as well as lower adhesion coefficient. The extensive under-floor electrical equipment provides more space for passengers onboard the train. 

  • Design speed of 250 km/h
  • 1335 cars delivered
  • Order received in 1996 and 2011

Featured video

Bombardier Transportation and Austrian Federal Railways (OBB) presenting the ingenious vehicle design of TALENT 3 trains for the OBB Cityjet fleet for Vorarlberg region on September 29, 2017 and welcoming the first carbody at Hennigsdorf site in Germany.