ICE high-speed trains

ICE trains

The InterCity Express (ICE) is the high-speed train operated by Deutsche Bahn - the German railway company. These trains operate across and beyond Germany, connecting cities like Berlin, Cologne and Munich. The modern ICE trains are one of the fastest ways to get around in Germany and its neighboring countries.

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

1st class compartment on ICE train

Refreshments on ICE high-speed train in 1st class

Refreshments in 1st class

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 in 1st class

1st class seats on ICE trains

ICE high-speed trains 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 travels extensively across Germany and to its neighboring countries.
  • Frankfurt - Hamburg
  • Frankfurt - Munich
  • Frankfurt - Cologne
  • Frankfurt - Stuttgart
  • Hamburg - Munich
  • Berlin - Frankfurt
  • Berlin - Munich
  • Cologne - Berlin
  • Frankfurt - Aachen



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 the ICE train route from Frankfurt to Paris (via Mannheim and Saarbrucken). Reservations can be made online or via the DB Call Center and can be made up to 90 days in advance.

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: €4.50

  • 1st class: €5.90

ICE from Frankfurt to Paris (mandatory reservation)

  • 2nd class: €5

  • 1st class: €20 (includes meal)

Facilities and services

  • Air conditioning

  • Bar

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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