German trains: Intercity (IC)

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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 class Second 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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Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Does taking an overnight train mean using 2 travel days on my rail pass?

  • Q. How can I ensure that my traveling party is seated together?

  • Q. Who is eligible to buy a rail pass?

  • Q. Can I take any train that travels between the two cities for which I bought my train ticket, or do I have to take a specific train?

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

  • Q. Are European trains "child friendly"?

  • Q. How can I tell whether or not I have a reserved seat on board?

  • Q. How do I connect between train stations in the same city?

  • Q. How are sleeping compartments kept secure?

  • Q. Why do some German station names have extra characters in the station name?

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