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Take an all-access journey through Germany at high speed

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


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ICE High Speed train



Enjoy unlimited access to all that Germany has to offer aboard the ICE. As the fastest train belonging to the Deutsche Bahn, it travels at speeds of up to 200 mph whisking you to your desired destinations in the amount of time it would take to pack your bags. The Deutsche Bahn ICE train connects all the major German cities such as Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, and Berlin, allowing you to step off the train and stroll to many of the major hotels and attractions. Why not travel to the heart of Europe’s favorite capitals with connecting train services to Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.

All ICE trains feature comforting amenities and cutting-edge services, including reclining seats with built-in tables and video screens, an integrated audio system, notebook and laptop connections, as well as cellular-friendly zones that allow for undisturbed service, and of course, air conditioning. We also proudly cater to those families with disabled travelers and those looking for quiet family time. Long before your train journey comes to an end, you’ll be able taste and see what Germany is all about inside the European-inspired Bordrestauran and panoramic lounges, which offer splendid views of the beautiful terrain.

And now Rail Europe offers the same ICE train tickets and fares in North American as are sold in Germany, including access to a vast schedule selection. For your convenience, e-ticketing is available.

From the relaxing atmosphere to the friendly crew, you’re sure to enjoy every second of your time spent aboard the ICE. The trains feature the following services and amenities :

Seats with audio/radio progamming that features classical, jazz, pop and rock music
Designated silent areas· Wheelchair and handicapped accommodations

Practical information

While there are no formal pre-boarding check-in procedures for ICE trains, it is advisable to arrive at the station at least 10-minutes prior to your train’s departure time. Please be aware that if you are traveling otuside of Germany, you can expect for your ticket and passport to be inspected on-board during travel.

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

Services & amenities offered by ICE
Second classFirst class
DB lounges At station, enjoy the atmosphere and services of the Business lounge, perfect to relax or catch up on some work before your trip. Lounges are located in Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich.
In-car video screens While the scenery outside provides plenty of entertainment, some cars are also equipped with video screens.
Power sockets Keep your phone, laptop, or other devices charged while sitting in your seat.
Food & beverages Enjoy a drink and delicious meal, served right at your seat.
Quiet zones Avoid noise and distractions on your journey in a reserved Quiet Zone.
Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.
Audio system As you watch the landscape roll by, be even more inspired listening to your favorite songs.
Reclining seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat.
Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.
Wi-Fi Stay connected with access to the internet. Check email, listen to online music, or watch your favorite show with wireless internet on board. Not available on all trains.

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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. "

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    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. "

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    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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