German trains: Intercity (IC)
- Book up to 90 days in advance
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German trains: Intercity (IC)
Intercity and Eurocity trains connect all major cities in Germany.
Intercity (IC) trains and Eurocity (EC) are trains which travel faster than regional trains in Germany. The IC and EC trains travel at a maximum speed of up to 200km/h and as such are categorized just after the Intercity Express (ICE), which are high speed trains. Intercity (IC) trains operate solely in within Germany while Eurocity (EC) trains continue their services to neighbouring countries. Both trains are operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German national railway company. IC and EC have frequent services on core routes.
Popular journeys and travel durations
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Booking and printing optionsBooking :
- German trains: Intercity (IC) 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.
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
The main train station in Berlin, the capital city of Germany is Berlin HBF. It is commonly known as Berlin Central Station. The train station is operated by DB.
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|Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom. small>|
|Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought. small>|
|Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip. small>|
Interactive Rail Map
Q. If I'm traveling through a country not included on Eurail Select Pass, can I add that country to the pass?A. Passes are only valid for travel in the countries covered by that particular pass. If you travel through a country not included on your pass, you'll need to purchase an additional ticket for that part of the trip. For example, if you travel from Germany to Italy through Austria, Austria is not a country on your Eurail Select Pass and will not be covered; you must purchase an additional ticket. If you have not purchased your pass please view our online maps to see if you will be travelling through a country you have not planned for.
- A. There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding TGV trains. However, you must be onboard at the latest 2 minutes prior to the departure time, beyond which access to the train cannot be guaranteed. Ticket control and passport checks will occur on board the train.
- A. Yes. If you have a twin pass to travel in Germany, you need two German Rail Pass Extensions.
- A. Train stations in Europe are very traveler friendly. Once arriving to the station there are large Departure and Arrival Boards located in the center of the most stations. Match the train number and departure time on your reservation / ticket to the train number listed on the departure board. Once you have found your train on the Departure Board, you will find a platform number where your train will be departing from. Upon arriving to your platform you will notice that each car (also known as a coach) number on the train is clearly indicated on the side of each coach. Check your reservation / ticket for your car/coach number. You notice the class of service will also be listed in addition to the car/coach number on the side of the train. Once onboard the train, you will find that similar to an airplane each seat is clearly labeled with a number. Match the seat number on your reservation / ticket number to seat number in the train car / coach. Train stations in Europe have international pictograms that are easy to understand and are used in international airports. These pictograms will assist you once you arrive to the station. If you still have difficulty in finding your train, the stations staff can always help point you in the right direction.
- A. No. You have to buy your Eurail Select Pass before travelling to Europe. Eurail passes can be bought up to six months in advance of your travel date.
- A. No you can’t. You need to buy your Swiss pass before coming to Europe.
- A. You can make reservations to travel on TGV Lyria trains up to 3 months before your travel date. To take advantage of the best fares, always try to buy your ticket as early as possible. And when buying your TGV Lyria tickets, check what exchange and refund conditions apply. Your fare type will be clearly stated on your ticket.
- A. Not presently but as soon as European railways introduce e-tickets, we will be able to offer them.
- A. A youth pass is valid for any traveler who is 25 years of age and younger.
- A. You can travel in first or second class. It depends on the classes of services which correspond to your German Rail Pass. In the ExpressBus to/from Munich to Prague, only 2nd class is available.
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Reviews & ratings German trains: Intercity (IC)
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- "BERLIN TO DRESDEN BY RAIL" Christopher s. 26/11/2016
This was a very comfortable trip and on time both ends. We found the Berlin main station a bit intimidating as it was on four levels! Value for money Convenience
- "great!! " Astrid m. 15/10/2016
everything went fine. On time, comfortable, good price!! I would travel again in your trains for sure. Value for money Convenience
- "Pretty fine." Michael t. 14/10/2016
Options for travel times from Berlin to Praha were quite limited. Ticket price was reasonable, Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent Cost-Value" Daniel m. 10/10/2016
I recently traveled from Berlin to Prague using the DB system and purchasing the ticket in advance vía Rail Europe. I got a really good rate and could print my ticket without any problem at all. The service was nice, the train departed and arrived on time. I would do do it again. Value for money Convenience
- "Longest ride ever" Willem George f. 21/09/2016
I will rather pay more and fly than take this ride again. There is no scenery and I was counting the minutes of the around 6-hour ride. There was also no dining cart attached to the train, so we could not even go and sit and have a meal to make the time go past. We had 2nd class tickets as that is all that was available, but that was no problem. Reserved seats and comfortable enough seats. Just boring ride and we LOVE train ride. We will only do trains in the future when it is a scenic route. Value for money Convenience
- "between average and good" Mordehay p. 20/09/2016
The lack of a reserved seat was a problem. the train was crowded and we were not comfortable. Value for money Convenience
- "poor trip" Yochanan m. 17/09/2016
We payed good money ahead for the journey. When we got to Leipzig station we were talled that the first class wagen is closed and we have to find a seat alone. It doesn't fit your name. Value for money Convenience
- "Very relaxing trip." . 16/09/2016
Train on time. Platform easy to find and information desk very helpful.
- "All trains" . 13/09/2016
No room for big lugged
- "ditto" Ming-sian b. 04/09/2016
Overall it's good. However, we had problems with connection between local trains and ICE sometimes. We once had a 20 min delay and the coach number shown on the ticket is missing in the real train—it's coac Value for money Convenience
- "Round trip Praha <-> Berlin" Mariana f. 31/08/2016
The trains were good, the service could be better. We also got unlock to have a faulty ticket received from India, where the booking looked correct but the ticket had wrong codes (how am I expect to understand the company's codes), to complicate the situation the crew couldn't speak in English and it took a while for them to understand that we were not traveling for free neither in a wrong train but instead it was a mistake of RailEurope's office while printing our tickets. Everything turned out fine in the end but we had a bit to much stress for what was suppose to be an enjoyable vacation time. Value for money Convenience
- "Scenic trip tp Prague" Kerimi Erden g. 27/08/2016
The train car was a bit old and seats were dirty. However, after we crossed the border to Czech Republic we were served free drinks and newspapers. This was very convenient. Since the railway runs parallel to the river Vltava, the section between Dresden and Prague was very scenic. Value for money Convenience
- "PRAHA HL.N. - BERLIN HBF (TIEF" Mark b. 04/08/2016
Over priced. Not enough room near doors for luggage Value for money Convenience
- "New experience" . 02/08/2016
It was my first try traveling by train actually was not bad cheaper than aviation and chance to enjoy watching nature and cities up close
- "Trip or pleasure?" . 17/07/2016
Comfortable, punctual and excellent staff It was a pleasureful trip, it is stupid to travel by plane with this super rail efficiency along with incomparable pollution to aviation CO2 emission per traveler.