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

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


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ICE High Speed train



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.

Customer feedback Stuttgart to Hamburg
« A very pleasant trip »

Practical information

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.

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

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.

A class apart

Classes of service

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.

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Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (181)
  • Value for money
    Stuttgart to Hamburg |
    "A very pleasant trip "

  • Value for money
    Good trip |
    "There were no other hassles as such. We felt that the price of the tickets were high. "

  • Value for money
    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
    great |
    "nice journey "

  • 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. "

  • Value for money
    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 "

  • 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. "

  • Value for money
    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. "

  • great trip |
    "very comfortable. "

  • Value for money
    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. "

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Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Do I need to book my ICE train ticket?

  • Q. Is there a catering service in ICE train?

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my ICE train tickets?

  • Q. How many classes does ICE train offer?

  • Q. How far in advance can I book an ICE train?

  • Q. When do I need to check in before boarding an ICE train?

  • Q. What are the main destinations ICE trains connect to?

  • Q. How many luggage can I carry onboard an ICE train?

  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?

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