- Berlin - Cologne: 04:19
- Book up to 90 days in advance
- High speed trains
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:
|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 and printing optionsBooking :
- 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) :
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.
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>|
|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. 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.
Interactive Rail Map
- A. ICE trains link major German cities from Cologne in the west to Berlin in the east. But they also cross borders and go into France, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands.
- A. Each passenger is allowed 2 bags/suitcases plus 1 piece of hand luggage and every piece of luggage must be labelled. Luggage can be stored in the racks above your seat on ICE trains.
- A. There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding ICE trains. Just be aware that for international destinations, ticket control and passport checks will occur on boarding the train. And if you are a pass holder, just remember that you have to validate your pass prior to boarding the ICE trains.
- A. You can book your ICE train up to 3 months in advance.
- A. All ICE trains convey a Bordbistro and/or a Bordrestaurant. Depending on the time of the day, you can choose from various breakfast menus to suit any taste or main dishes from the "à la carte" menu. In addition to the standard dishes, the menu often features German and European regional specialties freshly prepared. The Bordbistro serves snacks and a wide selection of beverages which you can enjoy there or take back to your seat. In 1st Class coaches a selection of beverages and meals from the menus can be served at your seat on request. Snacks and beverages are also available at your seat in 2nd Class on ICE trains.
- A. Paper tickets will be sent to you by postal mail prior to departure.
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. Reservation is only compulsory for ICE Trains called ICE Sprinter as these trains have special services such as a meal and newspaper. Here is the list: Hamburg HBF - Frankfurt HBF, Frankfurt HBF- Berlin HBF, Berlin HBF - Frankfurt HBF, Hamburg HBF – Koeln HBF and Koeln HBF – Hamburg HBF. Passes valid to travel within Germany cover Eurail Global and Select Passes including Germany / Eurail Germany-Benelux Pass / Eurail Germany-Denmark Pass / Eurail Germany-France / German Rail Pass.
- A. ICE trains offer two travel classes: Standard and First. On First Class, some coaches feature individual video screens. Electric sockets for laptops or DVD players can be found in most First class carriages. Quiet zones are also reserved for passengers who want to travel in peace.
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Reviews & ratings ICE
Overall rating (181)
Overall appreciationExcellent 41% Very good 32% Average 18% Poor 6% Terrible 4%
- "Last Leg" Robert o. 21/01/2016
Basic train travel with plenty of stops, and also issues with customs checks and people getting ejected from the train upon reaching Denmark. Interesting to be on-board while loading onto the ferry, other than that, average. Value for money Convenience
- "Review of the ICE train ride" . 07/01/2016
it was smooth and convenient!
- "great" Ofer d. 12/12/2015
my daughter and i had a most plesant journey. we will definately do it again, and recommend to thers. thank you Convenience
- "Business Travel" . 23/11/2015
For first time or infrequent travelers in long distance trip that signage of information be made available near the train, or attendants on the track before departure. One is not quite sure if the train is the right one to board unless confirmation can be made ahead of time. Otherwise, the trip itself is very comfortable and smooth. Thanks.
- "snafu" . 13/11/2015
I was not able to take this train as my passage from Budapest to Munich was halted and terminated at Salzburg Austria
- "Bad Experience on my trip" . 01/11/2015
It was a very bad experience to take the train in Nord station from Brussels to Frankfurt, my first journey to Germany. All trains are cancelled without prior announcement. No email was received. We know that until we took the train to this station. The staff in Brussels didn't help much and lost in temper to explain what we could do. Finally, we had to go to Midi Station to take coach to Koln and took another train to Frankfurt. It took us more than 12 hours.
- "WONDERFUL TOUR OF SWITZERLAND" Sri Ramachandra Sai b. 29/10/2015
We had wonderful euro rail experience and recommend to travel europe by train using Euro rail pass.Please have reservation of seats in trains to/from Paris,to and fro Berlin.Make reservation of seats well in advance in Glacier Express. Value for money Convenience
- "Great service" Gaurav n. 28/09/2015
Very clean and tidy train and the comfort was good. Will be travelling again soon :) Value for money Convenience
- "Amsterdam, Rotterdam " Shahid Muhamad b. 28/08/2015
I cannot say much about comfort as on my trip the train is always full. Nevertheless, I can say it is very convenient as I got an open ticket. As such I am free to choose any train/time I like. There is no stress or rush for me. The staff are all friendly and polite and very willing to assist. You wont get lost! Keep it up! Value for money Convenience
- "Astonishing!" Robert t. 09/08/2015
Wish we had these trains in the US. The speed is amazing. Will do it again. Value for money Convenience
- "very crowded train" Waleed Mahdy n. 04/08/2015
A lot of passengers were in the train without seat reservation which make it very noisy till Bern Value for money Convenience
- "Train Journey" Jeremy m. 02/08/2015
This was a simple 1hr trip to connect to a train to frankfurt, Value for money Convenience
- "Trip to Paris" David s. 25/07/2015
We had a great trip on the train. Fast and quiet, I wish our trains in Canada were half of what you have. Value for money Convenience
- "Zurich to Amsterdam trip on IC" Yan Lan Elaine w. 19/07/2015
Train was comfortable and punctual and refreshments available if you need to buy on route.Not too convenient for traveling with heavy luggage though as there was no help available from train or station staff. The leg room was also limited for putting luggage. Value for money Convenience
- "Best way to travel" Eromi M f. 12/07/2015
If ever I choose to travel in Europe it will always be Rail Europe.We being Asians in our sixties and travelling for the first time in Europe were comfortable in our journey. No complaints but only can offer a bouquet of flowers! A little more space for baggage would have been ideal. Value for money Convenience