ICEGermany : DB
- Berlin - Cologne: 04:19
- Book up to 90 days in advance
- High speed trains
ICE, high speed trains. Best to visit all major cities in Germany, like Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt etc.
ICE stands for Inter City Express – the high speed passenger trains operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), the Germany state railway company. The ultra-modern ICE trains are amongst the most technologically advanced and comfortable trains in Europe. ICE trains offer international connections including Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. Within Germany, frequent ICE trains connect Germany’s major cities, such as Cologne, Hanover, Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart. On these trains, you’ll find a viewing gallery behind the driver’s compartment, meaning you can experience every twist and turn with a bird’s eye view. Whilst onboard ICE train, it’s possible to pre-book porters or taxis to meet you on arrival. All announcements are made in German and English on board the ICE trains. Information displays inside each carriage show the ICE train’s destination, carriage number and the next station stop. If you’re travelling with children aboard ICE trains, make the most of the small play area in the dedicated children compartment.
Popular journeys and travel durations
Within Germany, ICE trains connect 32 major cities. Example travel times are given below:
|Zurich – Stuttgart||2h 42|
|Frankfurt – Munich||3h 10|
|Frankfurt – Hamburg||3h 36|
|Cologne – Berlin||4h 16|
In addition, ICE trains connect Germany with France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, amongst others.
Booking and printing optionsBooking :
- ICE 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) :
Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.
Print @ Station
Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.
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
ICE trains first class ticket holders can use the DB lounges in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, where they will enjoy newspapers and magazines, free drinks and internet access.There is no check-in prior to departure of ICE trains. When travelling to an international destination usually outside Germany, your ticket and passport will be checked once on board.
|First class||Second class|
|Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip. small>|
|Audio system Listen to your favourite tune while enjoying the passing landscape. small>|
|DB lounges at station Get the ultimate treat before any trip, or simply an ideal place to continue working. DB lounges are in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. small>|
|Video screens Ideal for entertainment, some coaches are equipped with screens. small>|
|Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat. small>|
|Meal and drink A delicious meal and drinks are served at seat on board. small>|
|Quiet zones Be seated comfortably and without any disturbance in reserved quiet zones. small>|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>|
|Snacks and beverages Whenever you feel peckish, you can buy something on board to eat or drink. small>|
|WiFi Internet Enjoy the freedom to read your emails, surf and listen to online music thanks to the wireless internet on board. Available on certain trains only. small>|
See train travel from an entirely new point of view!
- Aboard the latest generation of ICE trains (ICE 3, ICE T and ICE TD) you will benefit from a panoramic lounge at the end of the train: discover the countryside from another perspective and in style and comfort. ICE high-speed trains will help you have a completely different travel experience!
Music, video and news
- Whether you are in 1st or 2nd class, the ICE trains offer an audio connection integrated into the seats. You can choose between three radio stations, the children’s channel and ICE musical programmes. Upgrade to 1st class! Some first class coaches aboard ICE trains feature individual video screens at your seat.
Eat at anytime of the day, you are on holidays!
- Aboard all ICE trains you will find a Bordbistro and/or Bordrestaurant. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Bordrestaurant gives you the choice between different set menus or “à la carte” main dishes, consisting of German and European specialities. The Bordbistro serves snacks and a wide selection of beverages to be consumed at your seat or in the Bordbistro. In ICE trains 1st class coaches you can benefit from an “at your seat” service for a selection of beverages and meals from the menus.
Interactive Rail Map
- A. You can book your ICE train up to 3 months in advance.
- A. Paper tickets will be sent to you by postal mail prior to departure.
- A. Each passenger is allowed 2 bags/suitcases plus 1 piece of hand luggage and every piece of luggage must be labelled. Luggage can be stored in the racks above your seat on ICE trains.
- A. Reservation is only compulsory for ICE Trains called ICE Sprinter as these trains have special services such as a meal and newspaper. Here is the list: Hamburg HBF - Frankfurt HBF, Frankfurt HBF- Berlin HBF, Berlin HBF - Frankfurt HBF, Hamburg HBF – Koeln HBF and Koeln HBF – Hamburg HBF. Passes valid to travel within Germany cover Eurail Global and Select Passes including Germany / Eurail Germany-Benelux Pass / Eurail Germany-Denmark Pass / Eurail Germany-France / German Rail Pass.
- A. There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding ICE trains. Just be aware that for international destinations, ticket control and passport checks will occur on boarding the train. And if you are a pass holder, just remember that you have to validate your pass prior to boarding the ICE trains.
- A. ICE trains offer two travel classes: Standard and First. On First Class, some coaches feature individual video screens. Electric sockets for laptops or DVD players can be found in most First class carriages. Quiet zones are also reserved for passengers who want to travel in peace.
- A. ICE trains link major German cities from Cologne in the west to Berlin in the east. But they also cross borders and go into France, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands.
- A. All ICE trains convey a Bordbistro and/or a Bordrestaurant. Depending on the time of the day, you can choose from various breakfast menus to suit any taste or main dishes from the "à la carte" menu. In addition to the standard dishes, the menu often features German and European regional specialties freshly prepared. The Bordbistro serves snacks and a wide selection of beverages which you can enjoy there or take back to your seat. In 1st Class coaches a selection of beverages and meals from the menus can be served at your seat on request. Snacks and beverages are also available at your seat in 2nd Class on ICE trains.
Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?A. Many trains such as the Eurostar offer discounted tickets for advance purchase. These fares have limited availability and sell out quickly. To receive the best price on the train you want to travel on you should purchase your tickets prior to your departure so you can avoid fully booked trains.
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Reviews & ratings ICE
Overall rating (181)
Overall appreciationExcellent 41% Very good 32% Average 18% Poor 6% Terrible 4%
- "Delay in the Train" Hanan e. 22/05/2016
The train stopped for almost an hour Value for money Convenience
- "Angels exist in the DB" . 21/05/2016
My wife and i were travelling to Basel from Frankfurt. Our ticket number to print tickets would not work and DB counter staff and Frankfurt HbHf information were most unhelpful after prolonged queueing. Now we were late and had to buy another set of tickets oterwise we would miss the train. We then met two elderly gentlemen in red DB uniforms who helped us to print our original tickets and get a refund on the second set. On board on time thanks to two angels who gave us their patience and time.
- "Amazing" Sanjay s. 19/05/2016
It was a pleasure to travel 1st class. The staff was excellent Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent" Maja h. 19/05/2016
Clean, secured, well organized, easy to navigate without German language knowledge, fast and accurate!!! Thank you for making it the best and easiest part of my journey. Value for money Convenience
- "Waste of money" Meredith k. 16/05/2016
I made a reservation for a trip from Nuremberg to Kaiserslautern recently to visit our son, after taking a cruise. When we got to the train station, I tried to print the tickets I had paid for online. The online Rail Europe site had made it sound as though we would have no problem doing that, but at the train station, we had numerous people trying to help us, only to find out that we could only print DB tickets, not Rail Europe tickets. They directed us to an Internet cafe, where nobody spoke English, and the Rail Europe site we managed to get to didn't have an option to print tickets already reserved, only new reservations. We finally just threw away the money we'd paid for the tickets, and made new reservations at a much higher rate, because our son was meeting us, so we had to be on those particular trains. We couldn't afford to waste any more time trying to use the tickets we'd already paid for. We spent a lot of money and a lot of time, and will never use Rail Europe again. Value for money Convenience
- "Convenient Trip " . 13/05/2016
We traveled on 1st Class. It was very comfortable
- "Too Slow" Mee Yoke q. 07/05/2016
Total travel time is too long, many stops! Value for money Convenience
- "convenience" Natarajan s. 29/04/2016
nice trip. good connections.
- "Comfortable" Raghunag r. 23/04/2016
Would recommend to friends and family Value for money Convenience
- "Exciting" Khairy Fahmy m. 13/04/2016
Nice view. Comfort. Relaxing. Value for money Convenience
- "Brussel visit" Manuel d. 08/04/2016
The German railpass promotion was indeed valuable.specially adding wonderful places like Prague, Brussels and Amsterdam on it. Trains were comfortable. You don't feel very tired even for a 3-4 hour travel. Hope you will have more attractive promotions in the future. Value for money Convenience
- "VERY GOOD" . 30/03/2016
It was good train but didnt got ICE train .windows were open, but overall good experience, different train.
- "good trip" . 25/03/2016
Our ride from Ulm to Frankfurt airport was fine.
- "Comfortable Journey" Katrina c. 15/03/2016
. Value for money Convenience
- "To Carry Heavy luggage" Pyi Soe h. 04/03/2016
Not so ok to travel with heavy luggage because of level of train high and platform. Value for money Convenience