German trains: Intercity (IC)

Intercity and Eurocity trains connect all major German cities.

  • Book up to 180 days in advance
  • Regional trains

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Intercity 2 at Dörverden

Overview

German trains: Intercity (IC)

Travelling faster than regional trains, Intercity (IC) and Eurocity (EC) are the most popular way to move around in Germany. The trains can travel up to 200km/h making them the ideal means of transport to travel between major cities. While the Intercity (IC) trains operated only in Germany, Eurocity (EC) trains operate on international routes to reach neighbouring countries. Both IC and EC are operated by the DB, Germany’s national railway company.



Practical information


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Booking :
  • German trains: Intercity (IC) tickets are open for booking 180 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.

A class apart

Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by Intercity & Eurocity trains
First classSecond class
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.

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FAQ's

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Can I request preferences for assigning my seat, such as a forward facing seat, a window, or an aisle?

  • Q. Can a reservation date on an overnight train be changed?

  • Q. What constitutes a group?

  • Q. Do you offer student, family and/or senior discounts?

  • Q. Can I use more than one credit card to pay for my booking?

  • Q. How do I get a promo code?

  • Q. I understand that some of the train platforms in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy now have gates. How do I get to my train?

  • Q. What is the "validity period" of a rail pass?

  • Q. Can I give or resell my train ticket to someone else? Or can I travel with someone else’s ticket?

  • Q. Are the fares offered on your website based on live availability?

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