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  • Berlin - Cologne: 04:19
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  • High speed trains

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

The Inter City Express, or ICE as it is widely known, is the high speed train which links Germany to the rest of Europe. Operated by Deutsche Bahn, ICE trains are modern state-of-the-art trains which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h and use tilting technology to maintain these speeds on the bends. For an exhilarating ride head to the viewing gallery behind the driver’s compartment, and experience every twist and turn of the track with a bird’s eye view. This is possible on ICE3, ICE T and ICETD.

Popular journeys and travel durations

As well as connecting 32 major cities across Germany, including Munich, Berlin, Hanover, Cologne and Stuttgart, the ICE trains also operate internationally. Travellers can enjoy connections to Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Frankfurt 03:56 AU$ 61
Amsterdam Munich 07:42 AU$ 187
Frankfurt Berlin 04:12 AU$ 51
Brussels Frankfurt 02:59 AU$ 163
Frankfurt Munich 03:23 AU$ 51
Berlin Munich 06:22 AU$ 51
Frankfurt Zurich 04:10 AU$ 180
Vienna Frankfurt 06:44 AU$ 232
Basel Amsterdam 06:43 AU$ 275
Interlaken Frankfurt 05:03 AU$ 182
Berlin Interlaken 09:35 AU$ 310
Frankfurt Basel 02:54 AU$ 96
Amsterdam Cologne 02:38 AU$ 114
Berlin Basel 07:25 AU$ 336
Cologne Frankfurt 01:01 AU$ 33
Berlin Cologne 04:17 AU$ 33
Brussels Cologne 01:50 AU$ 93
Frankfurt Copenhagen 09:19 AU$ 146
Munich Cologne 04:37 AU$ 79
Berlin Copenhagen 06:49 AU$ 237
Zurich Cologne 05:03 AU$ 151
Amsterdam Stuttgart 07:12 AU$ 190
Cologne Vienna 09:15 AU$ 300
Frankfurt Bern 04:06 AU$ 159
Frankfurt Stuttgart 01:30 AU$ 33
Berlin Bern 08:34 AU$ 324
Berlin Stuttgart 05:04 AU$ 51

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • 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) :

Paper ticket

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.

Printing guide

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

First class ticket holders can enjoy the Deutsche Bahn lounges in many cities. Lounges offer refreshments, internet access, somewhere quiet to sit and relax and newspapers and magazines to read.

There is no check-in for ICE trains. Just climb aboard with your ticket. International passengers will have their passports and tickets checked on board. If you have chosen a Print @ the station ticket for more convenience, make sure to retrieve it from the self-service ticket machine at a railway station before the train departs. Don’t wait until the last minute to retrieve your ticket. To make your experience easier all announcements on board the ICE trains are made in German and English. Make your onward journey easier by pre-booking porters and taxis during your journey. For a small deposit (returnable on departure), your luggage can be locked away.


ICE trains are modern and comfortable and all carriages are air conditioned and non-smoking. Passengers can choose from first or second class and all travellers will benefit from the audio channel with radio programmes, a children’s channel and a music programme from their seat. Some first class seats even have individual video screens. Passengers on board the ICE trains can also look forward to Bordbistro the restaurant carriage. Hot and cold meals, drinks and a la carte main dishes are available. First Class passengers are served to their seat with a choice of meals from the menu card. To make it more comfortable for passengers travelling with children the ICE trains have a play area in the Parent and Child compartment as well as changing facilities for younger children.
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.
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.


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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  • "Amsterdam to Berlin Train"    
    Good trip, on time and no problems at all. Much more convenient than flying.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Stuttgart to Munich"    
    This was a fast and comfortable journey, would travel again when I visit Germany in the future.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Berlin - Prague"    
    Great trip following the river into Prague. The only mprovement would be to have more luggage racks.  
  • "Florence to Venice"    
    Again great trip, very quick and seats comfortable. Good area to store our cases on board.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Europe2016"    
    We travelled through Europe using trains between our destinations and found them all fantastic , from staff , to comfort and cleanliness of trains . Also arrival and departure all on time . Would recommend train travel to others. Thanks Jeff.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Love Trains -Hate App"    
    I sent a message now 14 days ago about a problem I had I mentioned it it other feedback and still have not heard back Awful customer service - getting to the point where I will no longer refer The app gave me the wrong number to print out my ticket and I had to purchase a duplicate. It also told me a train had left that had not Trains are excellent    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train to Dresden"    
    Very comfortable, quite and relaxed journey, with the options of buffet service at your seat. Excellent.  
  • "Rail Europe the way to travel"    
    The 6 hour train trip from Berlin to Munich was comfortable and the buffet car was convenient to stretch the legs and enjoy refreshment. Booking arrangements were very easy and everything went to plan. All arrangements with Rail Europe for the booking were simple and efficient.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great train trip"    
    Our first leg of our train trip thorough Europe and was great best of all the included lunch in first class section!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Quick trip"    
    Great trip high speed and quick enjoyed the trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "quick trip to europe"    
    Purchasing tickets was quick and easy. It was convenient to get around europe when not on a tour.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Munich"    
    I was travelling from Paris to Munich in which this was my second train I had to catch. I literally just had enough time to get off the other train and hop on to this train, I just made it! The connecting train should have a little bit more time in between, too bad if the first train was running 5 minutes late.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "ICE Bremen to Hamburg"    
    Good service however insufficient luggage storage for large cases. Comfortable seats and staff at the information booth at stations very helpful.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Stuttgart - Munich"    
    The train was not as comfortable as the previous one and was a little dirty when getting on board. There was no luggage storage area in the carriage I was in, so my suitcases just had to stand in the entryway along with others. But overall the trip was very pleasant.  
  • "Rail to the Scwebebahn"    
    Went for a day to ride the Schwebebahn (suspended monorail built around 130 years ago). Booked a trip on the ICE from Cologne, from Australia, as I was not sure of seat availability. Got the ticket from a station machine. This requires meticulous attention, as the sequence of steps is important. As the raileurope website does not provide for seating preferences, I had to rebook our seats (on another trip my wife was seated travelling backwards in a first class seat, with a column, but no window - suboptimal for a premium priced ticket) at the ticket office for a further fee. The trip was fast, and efficient, but out of interest, no one checked our ticket. Is DB slipping, as they are usually very efficient?    Value for money  Convenience
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