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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 ₹ 3,126
Amsterdam Munich 07:42 ₹ 9,618
Frankfurt Berlin 04:12 ₹ 2,645
Brussels Frankfurt 02:59 ₹ 8,416
Frankfurt Munich 03:23 ₹ 2,645
Frankfurt Zurich 04:10 ₹ 9,297
Munich Berlin 06:13 ₹ 2,645
Vienna Frankfurt 06:44 ₹ 11,942
Basel Amsterdam 06:43 ₹ 14,186
Interlaken Frankfurt 05:03 ₹ 9,377
Interlaken Berlin 09:30 ₹ 15,950
Frankfurt Basel 02:54 ₹ 4,969
Berlin Basel 07:25 ₹ 17,312
Cologne Amsterdam 02:39 ₹ 4,168
Cologne Frankfurt 01:01 ₹ 1,683
Cologne Berlin 04:18 ₹ 2,645
Brussels Cologne 01:50 ₹ 4,809
Frankfurt Copenhagen 09:19 ₹ 7,534
Munich Cologne 04:37 ₹ 4,088
Berlin Copenhagen 06:49 ₹ 12,183
Zurich Cologne 05:03 ₹ 7,774
Amsterdam Stuttgart 07:12 ₹ 9,778
Vienna Cologne 09:13 ₹ 15,469
Frankfurt Bern 04:06 ₹ 8,175
Frankfurt Stuttgart 01:30 ₹ 1,683
Bern Berlin 08:27 ₹ 16,671
Berlin Stuttgart 05:04 ₹ 2,645

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.
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 boarding

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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  • "great trip"    
    very comfortable.  
  • "Enjoyable Ride from Munich"    
    I took the ICE train from Munich Central Station to Frankfurt Airport. The total journey took about 5 hours, an hour longer than scheduled due to weather elements and stops along the way. The ride was comfortable, very affordable and extremely convenient. The Wifi was not working for some reason but I had dataroam so was not a problem. There was refreshments (add-on) and the seat was very comfortable. I would recommend this to flying if you can afford the time as you can view the scenery and the different towns it stopped along the way.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Beautiful ride"    
    Train from Hamburg to Copenhagen. Beautiful ride, including 50 minutes on a ferry. Clean train. On time. Nice scenery.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train from Frankfurt to Berlin"    
    Our trip was very nice. Comfortable, clean train. Only challenge was printing the tickets in Frankfurt. Once accomplished—a lovely ride.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Service"    
    On time, comfortable, helpful personell    Value for money
  • "Great experience."    
    Train ride was very comfortable and it was also very convenient to be able to check-in on to a Lufthansa flight at a counter just next to the train station, without having to queue in line at the at the airport at Frankfurt - great idea  
  • "Frankfurt Airport to Stuttgart"    
    Excellent on-time service, friendly train administrator who handed out some snacks and smiled. Very good.  
  • "Smooth Ride"    
    The ride from Berlin to Frankfurt was smooth except for late arrival and departure delay by almost 30 minutes. However the train caught up with time and we arrived in Frankfurt on time. There was nothing to complain but I feel that the quality of food served in the restaurant can be improved.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Lively people to travel with"    
    Enjoyed my trip with a group of young people singing all the way!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    Was a great trip. Comfortable and the personal very friendly.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Experience "    
    Accurate Timing. Comfortable coach, Welcoming staff, Updated information system all were available in ICE. Booking office staff were rude, were taking lot of time in responding.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Seat/Coach Number"    
    I have sent my review for my other trip. It is the same. Poor seating/coach arrangement. People (mostly first timer) do not know how to search for their seat once they on board. People are moving with their luggage and it is hard. At the platform, we do not know where should we wait for the correct wagen/car/coach to be able for us to look for a correct seat. The staff at the waiting platform is not helping. They can always use sign language if their English is not good. We can understand that. But, no effort shows.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "convenient"    
    train was delayed by 5 mins, but clean and good.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "efficient and convenient"    
    Having no major airports closeby, we travelled 1st class by DB train. Train was on time, staff very friendly and trip comfotable    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable and convenient "    
    The best way to travel. Train is fast and comfortable. Make sure u not only buy ticket but reserve seat too, most people do, otherwise you will spend journey moving from seat to seat thruout the carriages. And it also guarantees that as a party you will seat together    Value for money  Convenience
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