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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:
|Zurich – Stuttgart||2h 42|
|Frankfurt – Munich||3h 10|
|Frankfurt – Hamburg||3h 36|
|Cologne – Berlin||4h 16|
In addition, ICE trains connect Germany with France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, amongst others.
Booking & Ticket deliveryBooking :
- ICE tickets are open for booking 92 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.
Ticket delivery 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.|
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.
|First class||Second class|
|Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip. small>||√||√|
|Audio system Listen to your favourite tune while enjoying the passing landscape. small>||√||√|
|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. small>||√|
|Video screens Ideal for entertainment, some coaches are equipped with screens. small>||√|
|Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat. small>||√|
|Meal and drink A delicious meal and drinks are served at seat on board. small>||√|
|Quiet zones Be seated comfortably and without any disturbance in reserved quiet zones. small>||√|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>||√|
|Snacks and beverages Whenever you feel peckish, you can buy something on board to eat or drink. small>||√|
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.
Reviews & ratings
Overall rating (564)
Overall appreciationExcellent 41% Very good 32% Average 18% Poor 6% Terrible 4%
"Business trip Frankfurt Nuremb"Peter f.
Great trip. Comfortable ,fast on time. Whats not to like? Value for money
"Some improvements"Onur u. 18/02/2014
I think your online ticketing system needs an improvement. We fly with mobile QR codes instead of Paper tickets. But I still have to spend money to have my tickets posted to me. While I'm in a different country. I think a printout copy of the mail should have been enough. Thanks. Value for money Convenience
"Too little, too expensive"Federico Ignacio j. 30/01/2014
The train is about right, but the price is not THAT good. You can always take a S-Bahn and get there for half the price and the same comfort and convenience (and double the time, of course) Value for money Convenience
"frankfurt here we go"Rolando j. 12/01/2014
Great time Value for money Convenience
"By Train is King!"Annamarthaprevot v. 10/01/2014
It would be great to have constant wifi access in 2nd class as well?! Value for money Convenience
"ICE Train Travel Expereince"Asha d. 06/01/2014
The train experience was such a pleasure. It was very comfortable, convenient and hassle-free. Value for money Convenience
"It was nice"Aivaras s. 29/12/2013
Nice trip Value for money Convenience
"On schedule"Chuh Tong k. 12/12/2013
As always, the train is tidy and clean. It is on schedule as well. Value for money Convenience
"Euro Train is prefect"Chor Sze Cassie l. 29/11/2013
Euro train is prefect, highly recommand taken by train as travelling Euro Value for money Convenience
"Very good"Vyomesh d. 29/11/2013
it was a good journey, on time and comfortable. thanks Value for money
"Amazing"Maxwadi m. 05/11/2013
It was a very very nice experienced traveling by train across the sea. Train was comfortable, staff very friendly, and most of all at the ferry it was very excitied. If anyone have a good time try eurotrain unquestionable. Value for money Convenience
"A bit disappointing"Savas r. 05/11/2013
Comparing our trip on Thalys from Paris to Amsterdam which also took 3 hours, we were quite disappointed with what we got on this trip which was not good value for money at all. On both trip we took First Class. Thalys, for 3 hours trip, they served 2 nice meals with complimentary drinks - wine included. Staff on board were very nice and friendly and provided excellent service - much more than we expected. They also provided complimentary WIFI on board. ICE did not serve any meals or drinks. Staff only came around offering chocolate which we were told to take only one each. Also no WIFI on board. We will check thoroughly next time what being offered on board before making the choice on which train to take. Value for money Convenience
"Need more clear signages"Suk Ha t. 04/11/2013
Overall, it's still easy to find your right train inside the station (except the coach no.) The arrival time is quite on time and it's just few minutes delay which it will be informed to passengers in advance when you are on the platform and waiting for the train. However, we have difficulties in figuring out how to locate the exact coach no. because it's not really easy to find our coach on the poster shown in the platform as well as it's hardly find a DB assistant to ask around. When we found out that we are not standing in front of the right coach (which we think we did), we have to carry our luggages and then run run run on the platform to get to the right coach
"ICE"Siew Lin s. 24/10/2013
One of our best train rides as this was our first experience where the train was on the cruise ship while crossing from Germany to Denmark. Remarkable! Value for money Convenience
"Great experience "Abdulla s. 24/10/2013
first time using rail europe and i would strongly recommend it to famiky and friends thank you Value for money Convenience