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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%
"Enjoying experience "Abdulmohsin a.
Actually it's my first time and it was very good, clean, fast and organized Definitely I will book again for my next journey. Value for money Convenience
"bag storage"Mariyah p. 10/10/2014
No space for big bags Value for money Convenience
"An easy ride"Kevin d. 03/10/2014
We really enjoyed the space and comfort of the seats. We were in 2nd class but it's hard to understand what more one could want on an hour and a half train journey. It was a relaxing and complete stress-free way to travel and we highly recommend it Value for money Convenience
"ICE"Chih-huan c. 28/09/2014
Train cabin is really comfortable, and the crew are really nice. But the aisle is a little bit narrow, so it'll be a little hard to get to your sit with a case. Value for money Convenience
"Most enjoyable trip of my life"Sulaymon e. 09/09/2014
Dear RailEurope team, I would like to point out that I have found your services to be a five star service. I have enjoyed with my travel from Brussels to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Vienna so much and I have had most enjoyable trip on rail-roads ever. Thank you so much and keep serving this way. Only my suggestion is to have possibility or service of ticket pick up at the train station of departure or via email could have been of great help for people (passengers) who reside outside of Europe. In my case, I have had some headaches with delivery my tickets. Thank you so much for considering my reviews and suggestions. Sulaymon Eshkabilov Value for money Convenience
"Worth it"Erma Nadia a. 08/09/2014
I'm a female solo traveler from Malaysia. The information counter staff are very helpful , the signage to the terminal are very clear to understand, the environment feels safe to me. The ticket are a lil bit expensive but it was worth it. Value for money Convenience
"Luggage Storage"Selva Kumar t. 02/09/2014
Overall very convenience but we need to carry our heavy luggage to upper level. Value for money Convenience
"Berlin to Copenhagen 5 August"Marguerite f. 15/08/2014
Wonderful journey. The train being an hour late did not affect any plans I had. The staff on the train were courteous and helpful. The short journey on the ferry to Denmark was most enjoyable. I had not realised until I arrived at the Berlin station that I had mistakenly booked an aisle seat. I went to the ticket office to try and change the seat booking to a window seat, but the person there said she could not do that. This was very disappointing. I spent most of the journey standing in the corridor near the cafe in order to view the countryside. Seeing that area of Germany was the main reason I chose to travel by train. Standing for such a long time was tiring, especially since I am no longer young, but I did have a good view. It would be very helpful if the main office at the Berlin station was able to adjust a seat booking. Yours sincerely Marguerite Fahy Value for money Convenience
"Comfortable and good quality"Ka Yun c. 04/08/2014
Very convenient and comfortable, it will be much better with luggage track and free wifi services provided in future Value for money Convenience
"First part of trip to Paris"Elizabeth r. 28/07/2014
We enjoyed the DB lounge waiting for our train to depart. The team were very helpful to foreigners and first timers. Value for money Convenience
"Nice travel"Pui Chi l. 15/07/2014
Nice train Value for money Convenience
"Nice Ride"Katherine s. 11/07/2014
Comfortable and fast. It was just trick figuring out where the first class cars were located, Value for money Convenience
"Frankfurt Zurich"Christian s. 05/07/2014
Fantastic carriages, clean, upmarket seat with laptop and mobile facilities i.e. power sockets and wifi on all trains Also restaurant that services nice food and drinks Value for money Convenience
"No on board assistance"Lynette d. 04/07/2014
Also could have had more assistance on the train in terms of where you store luggage, assisting with seat allocations as you normally had to ask someone to move from your allocated seat. Value for money Convenience
"Riverboat Germany"Michael w. 19/06/2014
This was the first time we had traveled by train in Europe. The train was fine, seats comfortable. The only problem we had was trying to figure out 'where' the car was we reserved? We tried to read the diagram at the station, even ask people, but ended up on the wrong car and had to 'drag' our luggage through the train to the 1st class car. We know the directions are at the station, we just had a hard time trying to understand them. Otherwise, the train was fine and would use it again for travel now that we 'kinda know' what to do. Thanks! Value for money Convenience