German trains: Intercity (IC)

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German trains: Intercity (IC)

Intercity and Eurocity trains connect all major cities in Germany.

Intercity (IC) trains and Eurocity (EC) are trains which travel faster than regional trains in Germany. The IC and EC trains travel at a maximum speed of up to 200km/h and as such are categorized just after the Intercity Express (ICE), which are high speed trains. Intercity (IC) trains operate solely in within Germany while Eurocity (EC) trains continue their services to neighbouring countries. Both trains are operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German national railway company. IC and EC have frequent services on core routes.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Main routesTravel time

Munich Frankfurt 03:54 € 33
Cologne Munich 05:53 € 58
Stuttgart Frankfurt 01:35 € 21
Stuttgart Munich 02:12 € 33
Hamburg Berlin 02:04 € 33
Dresden Berlin 02:04 € 21
Cologne Stuttgart 03:35 € 44
Heidelberg Frankfurt 00:54 € 21
Berlin Heidelberg 05:35 € 90
Munich Nuremberg 01:30 € 42
Cologne Hamburg 04:03 € 51
Munich Heidelberg 02:57 € 33
Dusseldorf Cologne 00:23 € 14
Frankfurt Mannheim 01:06 € 21
Frankfurt Bonn 01:43 € 21
Mannheim Munich 02:59 € 33
Bonn Munich 05:34 € 44
Fussen Munich 01:46 € 30
Stuttgart Dusseldorf 03:59 € 33
Frankfurt Karlsruhe 01:38 € 21
Cologne Heidelberg 02:21 € 37
Frankfurt Bremen 03:41 € 40
Dusseldorf Hamburg 03:40 € 49
Frankfurt Aachen 02:15 € 33
Cologne Freiburg 03:56 € 33
Frankfurt Bensheim 00:26 € 16
Frankfurt Wabern 01:44 € 37
Augsburg Frankfurt 03:23 € 33
Frankfurt Heilbronn 02:10 € 33
Frankfurt Darmstadt 00:14 € 10
Frankfurt Weinheim 00:36 € 18
Stuttgart Nuremberg 02:42 € 33

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • German trains: Intercity (IC) tickets are open for booking 90 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

Printing option(s) :

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Seat reservation :
  • Recommended for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket when offered by the train carrier. With the included reservation, you are guaranteed a seat to make your journey more enjoyable.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

Experience the service

Before you board

The main train station in Berlin, the capital city of Germany is Berlin HBF. It is commonly known as Berlin Central Station. The train station is operated by DB.


Classes and facilities offered by Intercity & Eurocity trains
First classSecond class
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.

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  • "Longest ride ever"    
    I will rather pay more and fly than take this ride again. There is no scenery and I was counting the minutes of the around 6-hour ride. There was also no dining cart attached to the train, so we could not even go and sit and have a meal to make the time go past. We had 2nd class tickets as that is all that was available, but that was no problem. Reserved seats and comfortable enough seats. Just boring ride and we LOVE train ride. We will only do trains in the future when it is a scenic route.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "between average and good"    
    The lack of a reserved seat was a problem. the train was crowded and we were not comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "poor trip"    
    We payed good money ahead for the journey. When we got to Leipzig station we were talled that the first class wagen is closed and we have to find a seat alone. It doesn't fit your name.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very relaxing trip."    
    Train on time. Platform easy to find and information desk very helpful.  
  • "All trains"    
    No room for big lugged  
  • "ditto"    
    Overall it's good. However, we had problems with connection between local trains and ICE sometimes. We once had a 20 min delay and the coach number shown on the ticket is missing in the real train—it's coac    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Round trip Praha <-> Berlin"    
    The trains were good, the service could be better. We also got unlock to have a faulty ticket received from India, where the booking looked correct but the ticket had wrong codes (how am I expect to understand the company's codes), to complicate the situation the crew couldn't speak in English and it took a while for them to understand that we were not traveling for free neither in a wrong train but instead it was a mistake of RailEurope's office while printing our tickets. Everything turned out fine in the end but we had a bit to much stress for what was suppose to be an enjoyable vacation time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Scenic trip tp Prague"    
    The train car was a bit old and seats were dirty. However, after we crossed the border to Czech Republic we were served free drinks and newspapers. This was very convenient. Since the railway runs parallel to the river Vltava, the section between Dresden and Prague was very scenic.    Value for money  Convenience
    Over priced. Not enough room near doors for luggage    Value for money  Convenience
  • "New experience"    
    It was my first try traveling by train actually was not bad cheaper than aviation and chance to enjoy watching nature and cities up close  
  • "Trip or pleasure?"    
    Comfortable, punctual and excellent staff It was a pleasureful trip, it is stupid to travel by plane with this super rail efficiency along with incomparable pollution to aviation CO2 emission per traveler.  
  • "Thanks."    
    The trip was a comfortable and convenient experience. Both I and my wife enjoyed it.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "It was a good travel on time."    
    The only problem verified was the lack of professionalism and even being annoying by the S-BAHN personnel in the Munich Central Station information’s guichet. We have had some problems with the ticket printing and they didn´t help us at all. Even they mislead us with wrong information. We have had to sort it out by ourselves on the 10th of June. But at the end everything was solved and the trip went well, but without any WIFI for the iphone or portable computer.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Type of train"    
    Train is new and comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Drupa 2016"    
    Well timed for our trip    Value for money  Convenience
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