ICE, high speed trains. Best to visit all major cities in Germany, like Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt etc.

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ICE network

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 03:46 ₨ 10,467
Frankfurt Berlin 03:25 ₨ 11,776
Brussels Frankfurt 02:51 ₨ 10,935
Munich Frankfurt 03:14 ₨ 9,720
Frankfurt Vienna 06:42 ₨ 12,617
Basel Amsterdam 06:43 ₨ 16,168
Amsterdam Cologne 02:38 ₨ 6,449
Cologne Frankfurt 00:53 ₨ 6,729
Cologne Berlin 04:07 ₨ 10,561
Cologne Brussels 01:44 ₨ 5,234
Frankfurt Stuttgart 01:14 ₨ 5,701
Berlin Stuttgart 05:00 ₨ 12,991
Munich Innsbruck 01:40 ₨ 3,551
Stuttgart Munich 02:06 ₨ 5,981
Hamburg Berlin 01:36 ₨ 7,103
Dusseldorf Amsterdam 02:11 ₨ 5,140
Munich Dusseldorf 04:46 ₨ 12,523
Cologne Stuttgart 02:11 ₨ 7,757
Frankfurt Nuremburg 02:05 ₨ 5,607
Frankfurt Heidelberg 00:52 ₨ 2,523
Munich Nuremburg 01:07 ₨ 5,047
Munich Heidelberg 03:48 ₨ 8,318
Hamburg Copenhagen 04:46 ₨ 8,505
Amsterdam Mannheim 04:19 ₨ 9,252
Dusseldorf Cologne 00:21 ₨ 1,589
Hanover Frankfurt 02:06 ₨ 7,944

Booking & Ticket delivery

Booking :
  • 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 ticketReceive 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.


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.


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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    Reviews & ratings

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    "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


      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  


      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

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