There are a number of train types in Germany ready to transport you both day and night. The German train network is operated by Deutsche Bahn. Use the train timetable to check times for trains in Germany.
Regional and intercity trains in Germany
The main rail network in Germany is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:
Regional Express trains connect regional destinations with larger cities. It makes frequent stops and connects with high-speed ICE trains.
Regional bahn trains link all local towns. These trains are slower than Regional Express trains.
InterRegional trains connect Germany’s regions.
S-Bahn (suburban trains) is a network of trains that operate within most big cities, including Berlin and Munich.
InterCity trains operate domestically and internationally between key cities. They are slower than the high-speed ICE trains as they make more stops.
Your German Rail Pass is also valid on various private railway companies in Germany.
On the German Rail Passes timetable regional trains appear as 'RE', 'RB', 'IR' and 'IC'.
Domestic high-speed trains in Germany
The following high-speed trains operate within Germany:
ICE (InterCity Express) is the most popular train in Germany, connecting key cities. These high-speed trains travel at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h).
ICE Sprinter is the newest brand of extra fast ICE trains, connecting Germany’s main cities: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Düsseldorf, with no stops in between. The ICE Sprinter is aimed at business travelers and runs during the busy periods at the start and end of the working day. ICE and ICE Sprinter trains include an on-board restaurant. Snacks and drinks can also be served to your seat. In 1st class there may be extras, like newspapers, power sockets, audio channels and video screens.
On the German Rail Passes timetable ICE and ICE Sprinter trains simply as 'ICE'. Reservations are compulsory for ICE Sprinter trains. But are optional for standard ICE trains.
Scenic train routes in Germany
There are 2 scenic train routes that run in Germany: