ICE high-speed train

The ICE (InterCity Express) is a high-speed train that connects all major cities in Germany. With speeds up to 300km/h, this is one of the fastest ways to travel between cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. The ICE has international connections to Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Austria.

If you're looking for an even faster way to travel, you can choose to take the ICE Sprinter. This is the latest generation of ICE trains, running daily during rush hour and making fewer stops than regular ICE trains.

Intercity-Express (ICE) routes
Facilities and Services


ICE high-speed train at platform, Hamburg, Germany

ICE high-speed train at platform, Hamburg, Germany

Laptop in 1st class compartment ICE high-speed train

Laptop in 1st class compartment ICE high-speed train

Interior of ICE high-speed train 1st class, drinks

In 1st class drinks are served at your seat

Restaurant car ICE train, Germany

Restaurant car ICE train, Germany

ICE high-speed train at platform in Cologne, Germany

ICE high-speed train at platform in Cologne, Germany

Interior of ICE high-speed train 1st class

Interior of ICE high-speed train 1st class

ICE high-speed train routes


The Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express (ICE) high-speed train connects many major cities across Germany. Travel by ICE to the heart of each city, close to all the main attractions and hotels. If you plan to explore neighboring countries you can take an international ICE train to Austria (Vienna, Innsbruck), Belgium (Brussels, Liège), Denmark (Copenhagen, Arhus), France (Paris), the Netherlands (Arnhem, Utrecht, Amsterdam) and Switzerland (Zürich, Interlaken).

Map with ICE routes
The ICE connects 32 major cities. Here are some domestic and international examples of the travel times and routes available:
  • Frankfurt - Hamburg
  • Frankfurt - Munich
  • Frankfurt - Cologne
  • Frankfurt - Stuttgart
  • Hamburg - Munich
  • Berlin - Hamburg
  • Berlin - Frankfurt
  • Berlin - Munich
  • Cologne - Berlin
  • Frankfurt - Aachen
  • Frankfurt - Brussels

    via Bruxelles-Nord / Brussel-Noord

  • Hamburg - Copenhagen
  • Cologne - Brussels

    via Bruxelles-Nord / Brussel-Noord

  • Frankfurt - Paris
  • Frankfurt - Basel
  • Frankfurt - Amsterdam
  • Nuremberg - Vienna



Reservation: optional

When a reservation is optional you are able to reserve a seat in advance, but it isn't mandatory. For long journeys and during busy times, we still recommend you make an advance reservation.

Reservations on regular ICE high-speed trains and ICE sprinters are optional. Reservations are mandatory on the ICE from Frankfurt to Paris.

Between June 12 and September 4, reservations are also mandatory on the ICE between Germany and Denmark.

Please keep in mind that the ICE on the route Frankfurt - Paris has limited seats for Eurail pass holders. Make sure to reserve your seat well in time. You can make reservations up to 3 months in advance.

How to make reservations for the ICE

You can reserve your seat on the ICE in the following ways:

Reservation fees

Train type 1st class 2nd class Reservation type
Regular ICE 4.50 euros 4.50 euros Optional
ICE Frankfurt - Paris 30 euros 13 euros Mandatory
ICE Sprinter 16.50 euros 11.50 euros Optional

Facilities and services

  • Air conditioning

  • Bar

  • Children's play area

  • Coffee bar

  • Disabled facilities

  • Power sockets

  • Restaurant/bistro

  • Video screens

  • WiFi internet

Facilities may differ per train and route. Most ICE trains offer breakfast/lunch or dinner menus with many German specialties as well as snacks and a wide selection of beverages. In 1st class staff will serve food/drink to your seat. For transporting bikes a reservation is required. Folding bikes can be taken onboard. Non-folding bikes can be transported via the luggage courier service (this costs extra). Dogs are permitted on ICE trains. Pets may be required to be kept in a traveling container or must wear a muzzle and a leash. Some ICE routes provide WiFi.

More information on ICE.

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