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
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Booking and printing optionsBooking :
- German trains: Intercity (IC) tickets are open for booking 180 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.
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
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.
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|Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom. small>|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>|
|Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip. small>|
Interactive Rail Map
- A. With a Eurail Italy pass, you can get free and discounted ferry crossings, as well as other great offers in museums and monuments. 1st class pass holders are entitled to free transfers between Roma Fiumicino Airport and Roma Termini train station on the Leonardo Express and also between Pisa airport and Florence central station.
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.
- A. Toilets are easily accessible on all the trains and are usually marked with the letters WC. Toilets can usually be found at the front or back of each train car (also known as a coach), and will include a sink, toilet and a locking door.
- A. Dining cars are available on most long distance trains. Normally, you can just walk into most dining cars, sit down, and eat without a reservation, but you are welcome to make a reservation for a meal when mealtime is busy, or when the train attendant announces the opening of the dining car. If your train does not have a dining car, it is likely to offer passengers a buffet bar car. On local trains, there may be an attendant with a snack cart who travels from car to car, selling snacks and beverages. Train Dining cars are part of the train experience and is unrivaled by any other means of transportation. In some trains the quality of the food and the wine is up to the standard of a gourmet restaurant.
- A. 1st Class seats often recline, there are fewer seats per car, and there is more space for luggage. On some high-speed trains, the price of a 1st Class ticket includes a meal. 1st class is generally quieter with more business and adult passengers. 2nd Class accommodations are less expensive, but not as spacious, as there are more seats per car. For trips over 2 hours we recommend that you book 1st class.
- A. TGV offers two different classes of travel: 1st and 2nd class. Larger seats that recline electronically, power sockets for laptop or mobile phone and access to the bar buffet car are among the main features you will find in TGV first class. In second class, you will enjoy comfortable seats with also an access to the bar-buffet car where you can choose from a vast selection of dishes and beverages.
- A. Eurostar Business Premier passengers will be offered a 3-course meal with refreshments at seat meanwhile in Standard Premier, you will get a light and cold meal with refreshments at seat. A bar buffet car with a selection of food and beverages for purchase is also available on Standard class.
- A. Your e-ticket is included in the email confirmation you receive from Rail Europe.
- A. A Swiss pass is valid on trains operated by SBB (Schweizerische BundesBahn), the national railway company of Switzerland. For domestic trains in Switzerland operated, seat reservations are not required. Exceptions are the special scenic trains such as Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Golden Pass and Wilhelm Tell Express. For these trains, a supplement and/or seat reservation is required for Swiss Pass holders. There are also some international trains from Switzerland that require a reservation fee. Examples are the ICE International to Germany, the TGV Lyria to France and the Railjet to Budapest.
- A. No. A ticket allows you to board the train, but does not guarantee you a seat. You must make a seat reservation to have a guaranteed seat on the train. NOTE: On certain trains tickets and reservations are sold together as one ticket.
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Reviews & ratings German trains: Intercity (IC)
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- "Family trip" . 22/12/2016
Good allocated seats. Plenty of storage for luggage. Ran on time.
- "Travel by Rail Europe" Babu n. 19/12/2016
It was a fantastic ride from Frankfurt to Koblenz and from Koblenz to Luxembourg. It was very convenient and in time. The outside view was an enjoyment for our eyes. My wife was with me and she enjoyed a lot. Thanks to Rail Europe. The only draw bag is the ticket booking. We booked our ticket through internet, but we have to collect the ticket from another place. It should be like airline tickets which is issued immediately. Value for money Convenience
- "BERLIN TO DRESDEN BY RAIL" Christopher s. 26/11/2016
This was a very comfortable trip and on time both ends. We found the Berlin main station a bit intimidating as it was on four levels! Value for money Convenience
- "great!! " Astrid m. 15/10/2016
everything went fine. On time, comfortable, good price!! I would travel again in your trains for sure. Value for money Convenience
- "Pretty fine." Michael t. 14/10/2016
Options for travel times from Berlin to Praha were quite limited. Ticket price was reasonable, Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent Cost-Value" Daniel m. 10/10/2016
I recently traveled from Berlin to Prague using the DB system and purchasing the ticket in advance vía Rail Europe. I got a really good rate and could print my ticket without any problem at all. The service was nice, the train departed and arrived on time. I would do do it again. Value for money Convenience
- "Longest ride ever" Willem George f. 21/09/2016
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" Mordehay p. 20/09/2016
The lack of a reserved seat was a problem. the train was crowded and we were not comfortable. Value for money Convenience
- "poor trip" Yochanan m. 17/09/2016
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." . 16/09/2016
Train on time. Platform easy to find and information desk very helpful.
- "All trains" . 13/09/2016
No room for big lugged
- "ditto" Ming-sian b. 04/09/2016
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" Mariana f. 31/08/2016
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" Kerimi Erden g. 27/08/2016
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
- "PRAHA HL.N. - BERLIN HBF (TIEF" Mark b. 04/08/2016
Over priced. Not enough room near doors for luggage Value for money Convenience