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ICE

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
Frankfurt Brussels 03:06 € 105
Munich Frankfurt 03:14 € 110
Munich Berlin 05:55 € 138
Frankfurt Zurich 04:10 € 116
Vienna Frankfurt 06:44 € 149
Basel Amsterdam 06:43 € 177
Frankfurt Interlaken 05:01 € 117
Interlaken Berlin 09:30 € 199
Frankfurt Basel 02:54 € 62
Cologne Amsterdam 02:39 € 52
Basel Berlin 07:12 € 216
Cologne Frankfurt 00:53 € 77
Cologne Berlin 04:07 € 129
Brussels Cologne 01:50 € 60
Frankfurt Copenhagen 09:19 € 94
Cologne Munich 04:25 € 151
Cologne Zurich 07:04 € 97
Copenhagen Berlin 06:45 € 152
Amsterdam Stuttgart 07:12 € 122
Cologne Vienna 09:15 € 193
Frankfurt Bern 04:06 € 102
Stuttgart Frankfurt 01:13 € 72
Berlin Bern 08:34 € 208
Berlin Stuttgart 05:02 € 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.

Onboard

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.


Highlights

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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F.A.Q

  • Q. How many luggage can I carry onboard an ICE train?

  • Q. When do I need to check in before boarding an ICE train?

  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?

  • Q. How many classes does ICE train offer?

  • Q. Do I need to book my ICE train ticket?

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my ICE train tickets?

  • Q. Is there a catering service in ICE train?

  • Q. What are the main destinations ICE trains connect to?

  • Q. How far in advance can I book an ICE train?

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Reviews & ratings

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  • "Nicest train I’ve ever been on"

      Robert d. 
    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"

      Muhammad Muzammel h.  18/05/2015
    An acceptable way to travel long distance withing Europe    Value for money  Convenience
  • "problemtic connection"

      Cla i.  26/04/2015
    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"

      Rinlada p.  22/04/2015
    I like Rail Europe because it flexible to use the ticket and it has nice seat and nice view. :)    Value for money  Convenience
  • "review"

      Siu Wah Walter n.  16/04/2015
    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 "

      Mehmet Cenk h.  21/03/2015
    The travel was really comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Enjoy the trip"

      Scott d.  08/02/2015
    Another great ride on the train from Frankfurt to Nuremberg. Always enjoyable and relaxing    Value for money  Convenience
  • "SEATING DEBACLE"

      Lindsay k.  21/01/2015
    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"

      Pierre l.  14/01/2015
    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"

      Leopoldo Armando g.  29/12/2014
    Comfortable, courteous, in time. Excellent experience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"

      Leopoldo Armando g.  29/12/2014
    Comfortable, courteous, in time. Excellent experience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Delayed"

      Daniel f.  22/12/2014
    Train was delayed for more than 2 hours and had to change train in between. Worst ever.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good"

      Daniel f.  22/12/2014
    Good service    Value for money  Convenience
  • "nice"

      Yuk Ling y.  18/12/2014
    is a good experience that the train go to the ship with us together and cross the sea, seat are comfortable, have minibar to buy drinks.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "awesome"

      Liu, Kuei-hua c.  04/12/2014
    awesome    Value for money  Convenience
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