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  • Berlin - Cologne: 04:19
  • Book up to 90 days in advance
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  • 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
Amsterdam Munich 07:42 € 120
Frankfurt Berlin 04:12 € 33
Frankfurt Brussels 03:06 € 105
Frankfurt Munich 03:23 € 33
Berlin Munich 06:22 € 33
Frankfurt Zurich 04:10 € 116
Vienna Frankfurt 06:44 € 149
Basel Amsterdam 06:43 € 177
Interlaken Frankfurt 05:03 € 117
Berlin Interlaken 09:35 € 199
Frankfurt Basel 02:54 € 62
Berlin Basel 07:25 € 216
Amsterdam Cologne 02:38 € 73
Cologne Frankfurt 01:01 € 21
Berlin Cologne 04:17 € 21
Brussels Cologne 01:50 € 60
Frankfurt Copenhagen 09:19 € 94
Munich Cologne 04:37 € 51
Berlin Copenhagen 06:49 € 152
Zurich Cologne 05:03 € 97
Amsterdam Stuttgart 07:12 € 122
Cologne Vienna 09:15 € 193
Frankfurt Bern 04:06 € 102
Frankfurt Stuttgart 01:30 € 21
Bern Berlin 08:27 € 208
Berlin Stuttgart 05:04 € 33

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

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

  • Q. How many classes does ICE train offer?

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

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

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

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Excellent 41% Very good 32% Average 18% Poor 6% Terrible 4%

  • "Delay in the Train"    
    The train stopped for almost an hour    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Angels exist in the DB"    
    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"    
    It was a pleasure to travel 1st class. The staff was excellent    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    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"    
    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 "    
    We traveled on 1st Class. It was very comfortable  
  • "Too Slow"    
    Total travel time is too long, many stops!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "convenience"    
    nice trip. good connections.  
  • "Comfortable"    
    Would recommend to friends and family    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Exciting"    
    Nice view. Comfort. Relaxing.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Brussel visit"    
    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"    
    It was good train but didnt got ICE train .windows were open, but overall good experience, different train.  
  • "good trip"    
    Our ride from Ulm to Frankfurt airport was fine.  
  • "Comfortable Journey"    
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  • "To Carry Heavy luggage"    
    Not so ok to travel with heavy luggage because of level of train high and platform.    Value for money  Convenience
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