ICE high-speed train

High speed train ICE, Germany

The InterCity Express (ICE) is the high-speed train operated by Deutsche Bahn - the German railway company. These trains operate across Germany connecting cities such as Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich to name just a few. With international connections in Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands and traveling at speeds of up to 300km/h the modern ICE trains are one of the fastest ways to travel by train in Germany and its neighboring countries. 

If a speedy journey is important to you then the ICE Sprinter, the latest generation of ICE trains, is the best option. The ICE Sprinter runs every morning and evening during rush hour and guarantees a fast connection with direct routes between many German cities. Onboard most ICE trains the restaurant serves breakfast, à la carte main dishes and in some cases may have German regional specialties. The bar/bistro has a large variety of snacks and beverages on offer. Travelers receive a complimentary snack and soft drink.

Intercity-Express (ICE) routes
How to make a reservation
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 cities such as Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, and Berlin and arrive in the heart of the city close to all the main attractions and hotels. If you plan to explore neighboring countries the international ICE trains connect Germany with Austria (Wien, 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
  • Frankfurt - Basel
  • Frankfurt - Amsterdam
  • Nuremberg - Vienna



Seat reservations for regular ICE trains are not required however they are recommended for long-distance journeys and when travelling during peak times. A seat reservation is mandatory on all ICE Sprinters and the ICE train route from Frankfurt to Paris (via Mannheim and Saarbrucken). Be aware this train has limited seating for Eurail pass holders! Reservations can be made online or via the DB Call Center and can be made up to 90 days in advance.


More information on how to make train reservations for the ICE.


More information on ICE trains and routes can be found on the DB website

How to make a reservation

  • By checking Online

  • By calling the DB Call Center: +49 1806 996 633 (open 24/7). 

ICE reservations

Reservation : Optional

  • 2nd class: €3.60

  • 1st class: €3.60 


Please note the following ICE trains have a mandatory reservation:

ICE from Frankfurt to Paris 

  • 2nd class: €5 

  • 1st class: €20 (includes meal) 


ICE sprinter 

  • 2nd class: €11.00

  • 1st class: €16.00

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


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