- 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.
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.
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
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.
OnboardICE 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.
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|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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
- 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.
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Reviews & ratings ICE
Overall rating (181)
Overall appreciationExcellent 41% Very good 32% Average 18% Poor 6% Terrible 4%
- "ICE Bremen to Hamburg" Tracy a. 29/09/2016
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" . 28/09/2016
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" Andrew k. 23/09/2016
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
- " Copenhagen to Hamburg" Christopher d. 20/09/2016
As three Australians on our first trip to northern Europe, we found this leg of our journey interesting. The ICE trains are very comfortable (certainly compared to a plane) and first class was really good — although there didn't seem to be anyone wrong with economy. The on-ferry section of the journey was a highlight (granted, it was a beautiful sunny day with a calm sea). Value for money Convenience
- "Ease of European Travel" Christopher a. 08/09/2016
We found taking the Train from Amsterdam to connect with our Tour in Berlin the easiest way to travel. No hassels, relaxing, and food and drink available. Looking forward to the next journey from Berlin to Frankfurt Value for money Convenience
- "Koln to Vienna" Peter w. 05/09/2016
We were booked in 2nd class but when we boarded the air conditioning in our car was not working so because we had reserved seats they moved us to 1st class! I thought the fares were very dear but we got afree upgrade. The stations were good and the train al ost on time at destination. Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent ride" Pat n. 03/09/2016
This trip was excellent- the train was clean, well equipped and FAST! As an Australian, I really enjoyed observing the countryside. Value for money Convenience
- "Bonn-FRA Rhine view" Ben m. 02/09/2016
Very scenic trip along the banks of the Rhine River. I didn't know there was another option - ICE from Siegborg to FRA. I could have used that one but I would have missed the views. Comfortable train, well serviced, although the carriages had not been cleaned recently as fingerprints and other smudge marks were visible on windows Value for money Convenience
- "Berlin to Frankfurt trip" Janine b. 28/08/2016
The train was very comfortable and quick and reasonable value for money in First Class, although I believe tea or coffee should have been offered free.of charge in First Class. Luckily we were able to move to a seat with a table as we were allocated to seats that were beside wall and couldn't view the countryside. Very effient on arrival and departure times. Value for money Convenience
- "ICE Bonn Köln" Ben m. 27/08/2016
Bonn to Kiln is served by S-bahn and IC, no need to use ICE so thats why I rated as low value fro money Value for money Convenience
- "Journeys" Grant m. 25/08/2016
We were very impressed by the cost and comfort on the ICE train. The only downside was lack of room for suitcases. Will travel again. Value for money Convenience
- "Average" John m. 20/08/2016
Trip was on schedule and without incident - reserved seats were fine - train was clean and pace was sedate - food on board was ok - luggage space was adequate (not ideal for heavy cases eg 20kg) - some passengers sat on floor in corridor and carriage connecting spaces whilst not all seats were occupied (a price-related issue?) - I was expecting a faster train with higher degree of comfort (maybe I should have researched more) Value for money Convenience
- "Missed Train Trip" Jonathan b. 16/08/2016
As our train from Utrecht Centraal to Frankfurt was 55 minutes late departing, we never made it on to this train. Fortunately, we had Dutch friends who were travelling with us who were able to access the German train timetables. Eventually, after 3 separate train trips to Basel, Spiez and Interlaken West we arrived at our destination over 2 hours later than originally scheduled (around 10pm). This gave us less than 5 minutes to make it to the last bus from Interlaken West to Beatenberg where we were to be staying. Fortunately, we made it in time. Not a great day all round. Value for money Convenience
- "Intercity Express Journey" Jonathan b. 16/08/2016
This trip was far from enjoyable - the train was 55 minutes late departing from Utrecht Centraal due to some technical issues, meaning we missed our connecting train in Frankfurt. To compound the lateness of departure, the air conditioning in the first class carriage in which we had reserved seats was not working Value for money Convenience
- "very disappointed." . 14/08/2016
I have tried to contact rail Europe . I bought my ticket on line from Australia. When I went to the Bremen railway station to print my ticket as you directed , none of the reference numbers were correct. The assistant tried to find the booking but was unable to find anything to enablle the printing. Nothing could be done so I had to purchase another ticket. The railway clerk stamped my papers to prove she couldnt validate my paperwork. I would like my moneyback on the first ticket asap. I can send you photos by email to prove all of this. It was very stressful and expensive. My phone number in Australia is 0417467269 or email@example.com.