At a glance
- High speed train
Operated by the French national rail operator SNCF in partnership with Germany’s national rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, high-speed TGV/ICE trains connect French and German cities. From historic cities in France to beautiful sweet spots such as Bavaria, the Black Forest or the Rhine Valley, TGV/ICE France-Germany trains offer travellers the best of both country’s cultures at top speeds of 200km/h.
TGV/ICE France-Germany trains link Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon and Marseille in France with Augsburg, Baden-Baden, Frankfurt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Munich, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart and Ulm in Germany.
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Before you board
There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding TGV/ICE France-Germany trains. However, ticket control and passport checks take place once onboard.
Air conditioning comes as standard on TGV/ICE France-Germany trains. There is good luggage space onboard, but do remember to label your luggage.
All TGV/ICE France-Germany trains offer free wifi and power sockets in both Standard Class and First Class.
There are toilets, sometimes with baby-changing facilities, at the end of most carriages.
A bar-bistro carriage is part of every TGV/ICE France-Germany service. It offers hot and cold snacks, sandwiches, breakfast, hot and cold drinks, beer and wine.
Booking and printing options
TGV/ICE France-Germany tickets are open for bookings 180 days in advance.
A reservation is needed to travel onboard all TGV/ICE France-Germany trains.
TGV/ICE France-Germany train tickets have no hidden fees and they include the price of your seat reservation.
Get the lowest prices on TGV/ICE France-Germany trains by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.
Opt for off-peak TGV/ICE France-Germany trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak TGV/ICE France-Germany trains are more affordable than ones running mornings and evenings along with those running around the holidays, Fridays and Sunday afternoons.
Classes of service
TGV/ICE France-Germany trains offer seated accommodation in two classes: Standard Class and First Class
TGV/ICE France-Germany First Class
Seating in TGV France-Germany First Class is more spacious than in Standard Class. Some seats are arranged in groups of two or four across a table, others are airline style. First Class travellers have access to the business lounge in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Mannheim, Strasbourg, Lyon and Marseille.
TGV/ICE France-Germany Standard Class
Seating in TGV/ICE France-Germany Standard Class is arranged in pairs of airline-style seats across a central aisle in open-plan carriages. There are groups of four seats around a table, while others are grouped in pairs.