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  • Berlin - Cologne: 04:19
  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High Speed trains

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

ICE stands for Inter City Express – the high speed passenger trains operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), the Germany state railway company. The ultra-modern ICE trains are amongst the most technologically advanced and comfortable trains in Europe. ICE trains offer international connections including Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. Within Germany, frequent ICE trains connect Germany’s major cities, such as Cologne, Hanover, Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart. On these trains, you’ll find a viewing gallery behind the driver’s compartment, meaning you can experience every twist and turn with a bird’s eye view. Whilst onboard ICE train, it’s possible to pre-book porters or taxis to meet you on arrival. All announcements are made in German and English on board the ICE trains. Information displays inside each carriage show the ICE train’s destination, carriage number and the next station stop. If you’re travelling with children aboard ICE trains, make the most of the small play area in the dedicated children compartment.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Within Germany, ICE trains connect 32 major cities. Example travel times are given below:

Popular journeys
JourneyTravel time
Zurich – Stuttgart2h 42
Frankfurt – Munich3h 10
Frankfurt – Hamburg3h 36
Cologne – Berlin4h 16

In addition, ICE trains connect Germany with France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, amongst others.

Amsterdam Frankfurt 03:56 HK$394
Muenchen Amsterdam 07:50 HK$1,296
Frankfurt Berlin 04:12 HK$334
Bruxelles Frankfurt 02:59 HK$1,050
Frankfurt Muenchen 03:23 HK$334
Frankfurt Zuerich 04:10 HK$1,164
Muenchen Berlin 06:13 HK$334
Frankfurt Wien 06:46 HK$1,490
Amsterdam Basel 06:43 HK$1,778
Interlaken Frankfurt 05:03 HK$1,170
Interlaken Berlin 09:30 HK$1,990
Basel Frankfurt 02:55 HK$742
Koeln Amsterdam 02:39 HK$520
Basel Berlin 07:12 HK$2,162
Frankfurt Koeln 01:10 HK$218
Berlin Koeln 04:17 HK$218
Koeln Bruxelles 01:52 HK$514
Frankfurt Koebenhavn 09:19 HK$944
Koeln Muenchen 04:30 HK$334
Berlin Koebenhavn 06:49 HK$1,524
Zuerich Koeln 05:03 HK$974
Amsterdam Stuttgart 07:12 HK$1,220
Wien Koeln 09:13 HK$1,930
Bern Frankfurt 03:49 HK$1,020
Stuttgart Frankfurt 01:26 HK$218
Bern Berlin 08:27 HK$2,082
Berlin Stuttgart 05:04 HK$334

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 boarding

ICE trains first class ticket holders can use the DB lounges in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, where they will enjoy newspapers and magazines, free drinks and internet access.

There is no check-in prior to departure of ICE trains. When travelling to an international destination usually outside Germany, your ticket and passport will be checked once on board.


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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  • "Stuttgart to Hamburg"    
    A very pleasant trip    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good trip"    
    There were no other hassles as such. We felt that the price of the tickets were high.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very nice experience with ICE"    
    These trains are very comfortable. They are also very fast. The journey we had from Munich to Stuttgart was very nice in general.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "great"    
    nice journey    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Kolen from Amsterdam"    
    It was a good experience, difficult Part was finding the right compartment from the Amsterdam station. No officer was found on the plat form. Initially One train came, but my compartment number was not there, I went here and there, but no one was there to clarify. suddenly i saw 2 nd train has been attached with my compartment. I have to hurry with the time. This problem was not only for me but to other travelers as well. Need some mechanism to guide.  
  • "My trip to Nuernberg"    
    It was my first time I go to Nuernberg .The train service was on time . the seat was comfortable .I had a chance to buy coffee from the rest wagon ,and the trip was enjoyable    Value for money  Convenience
  • "First Class"    
    Travelled in first class carriage,the seats were adjustable, so comfort assured. Train was on time. Staff were polite and helpful. As part of our holiday is was a very enjoyable experience.  
  • "Ease and Comfort"    
    Thank you Rail Europe. I did not experience any problems in this trip. You are on time, clean, and helpful-friendly employees.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "great trip"    
    very comfortable.  
  • "Enjoyable Ride from Munich"    
    I took the ICE train from Munich Central Station to Frankfurt Airport. The total journey took about 5 hours, an hour longer than scheduled due to weather elements and stops along the way. The ride was comfortable, very affordable and extremely convenient. The Wifi was not working for some reason but I had dataroam so was not a problem. There was refreshments (add-on) and the seat was very comfortable. I would recommend this to flying if you can afford the time as you can view the scenery and the different towns it stopped along the way.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Beautiful ride"    
    Train from Hamburg to Copenhagen. Beautiful ride, including 50 minutes on a ferry. Clean train. On time. Nice scenery.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train from Frankfurt to Berlin"    
    Our trip was very nice. Comfortable, clean train. Only challenge was printing the tickets in Frankfurt. Once accomplished—a lovely ride.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Service"    
    On time, comfortable, helpful personell    Value for money
  • "Great experience."    
    Train ride was very comfortable and it was also very convenient to be able to check-in on to a Lufthansa flight at a counter just next to the train station, without having to queue in line at the at the airport at Frankfurt - great idea  
  • "Frankfurt Airport to Stuttgart"    
    Excellent on-time service, friendly train administrator who handed out some snacks and smiled. Very good.  
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