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  • Berlin - Cologne: 04:19
  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High speed trains

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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:

Popular journeys
JourneyTravel time
Zurich – Stuttgart2h 42
Frankfurt – Munich3h 10
Frankfurt – Hamburg3h 36
Cologne – Berlin4h 16

In addition, ICE trains connect Germany with France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, amongst others.

Amsterdam Frankfurt 03:56 € 39
Munich Amsterdam 07:50 € 129
Frankfurt Berlin 03:43 € 79
Brussels Frankfurt 02:59 € 105
Munich Frankfurt 03:14 € 110
Frankfurt Zurich 04:10 € 116
Munich Berlin 05:55 € 138
Vienna Frankfurt 06:44 € 149
Basel Amsterdam 06:43 € 177
Interlaken Frankfurt 05:03 € 117
Berlin Interlaken 09:35 € 199
Basel Frankfurt 02:55 € 74
Cologne Amsterdam 02:39 € 52
Basel Berlin 07:12 € 216
Frankfurt Cologne 00:55 € 77
Berlin Cologne 04:22 € 129
Cologne Brussels 01:52 € 51
Frankfurt Copenhagen 09:19 € 94
Munich Cologne 04:25 € 151
Zurich Cologne 05:03 € 97
Copenhagen Berlin 06:45 € 152
Amsterdam Stuttgart 07:12 € 122
Vienna Cologne 09:13 € 193
Frankfurt Bern 04:06 € 102
Bern Berlin 08:27 € 208
Frankfurt Stuttgart 01:15 € 72
Stuttgart Berlin 05:05 € 152

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • 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) :

Paper ticket

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.

Printing guide

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.


Classes and facilities offered by ICE
First classSecond class
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.
Audio system Listen to your favourite tune while enjoying the passing landscape.
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.
Video screens Ideal for entertainment, some coaches are equipped with screens.
Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat.
Meal and drink A delicious meal and drinks are served at seat on board.
Quiet zones Be seated comfortably and without any disturbance in reserved quiet zones.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Snacks and beverages Whenever you feel peckish, you can buy something on board to eat or drink.
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.


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.

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  • "snafu"

    I was not able to take this train as my passage from Budapest to Munich was halted and terminated at Salzburg Austria  
  • "Bad Experience on my trip"

    It was a very bad experience to take the train in Nord station from Brussels to Frankfurt, my first journey to Germany. All trains are cancelled without prior announcement. No email was received. We know that until we took the train to this station. The staff in Brussels didn't help much and lost in temper to explain what we could do. Finally, we had to go to Midi Station to take coach to Koln and took another train to Frankfurt. It took us more than 12 hours.  

    We had wonderful euro rail experience and recommend to travel europe by train using Euro rail pass.Please have reservation of seats in trains to/from Paris,to and fro Berlin.Make reservation of seats well in advance in Glacier Express.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "very crowded train"

    A lot of passengers were in the train without seat reservation which make it very noisy till Bern    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train Journey"

    This was a simple 1hr trip to connect to a train to frankfurt,    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nicest train I’ve ever been on"

    Very comfortable, very clean, very modern fleet. So much nicer than the Thalys train we just got off of    Value for money  Convenience
  • "An acceptable Transport"

    An acceptable way to travel long distance withing Europe    Value for money  Convenience
  • "problemtic connection"

    evereything was great except the fact i had to run to the connection train, and if i wouldn't she probably leave without me.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "good"

    I like Rail Europe because it flexible to use the ticket and it has nice seat and nice view. :)    Value for money  Convenience
  • "review"

    The staff to activate teh Europass is very nice and helpful, teach us how to fill in the form in the pass. But the staff on the train (Ams - Koeln) to check tickets is a bit rude. We have filled in the travel log, but forgot the date on the pass, the staff presumed we intended to do so.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Dusseldorf to Amsterdam "

    The travel was really comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Enjoy the trip"

    Another great ride on the train from Frankfurt to Nuremberg. Always enjoyable and relaxing    Value for money  Convenience

    I also travelled via Rail Europe from Brussels to Dusseldorf the week previously and had the same problem. Notwithstanding the fact that I had booked my tickets some four months in advance my wife and I got the worst seats available. On both occasions we were seated next to a pillar and the view was non-existent Not very nice for a visitor to Europe at all.!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Average trip"

    On that trip, we had a connection from Druisburg to Amsterdam which was awful. More passengers then seats available. We had to sit in the restaurant compartment and buy food and drinks during the trip. The part from Berlin to Druisburg was ok, but we almost ended in the wrong train in Berlin, due to bad signalization. There was two trains attached together, one was not going to Druisburg! Next time I will take the plane...    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"

    Comfortable, courteous, in time. Excellent experience.    Value for money  Convenience
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