German trains: Intercity (IC)


Intercity and Eurocity trains connect all major cities in Germany.

  • Book up to 180 days in advance
  • Regional trains


Intercity 2 at Dörverden


German trains: Intercity (IC)

Intercity (IC) trains and Eurocity (EC) trains travel along regional routes in Germany, though they are faster than the standard regional train service.

The IC and EC trains travel at a maximum speed of up to 200km/h, which makes them only slightly slower than the high-speed Intercity Express (ICE).

Intercity (IC) trains operate solely in within Germany while Eurocity (EC) trains continue their services to neighboring countries. Both trains are operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German national railway company. IC and EC have frequent services on core routes and travel between popular cities like Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, and more. Tickets for these trains can be booked up to 90 days in advance.

Practical information

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Booking :
  • German trains: Intercity (IC) tickets are open for booking 180 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 Intercity & Eurocity trains
Second class First class
Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.
Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.
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.

Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
    awsome | Ashish n. | 2017/01/07
    "nice journey "

  • Family trip | . | 2016/12/22
    "Good allocated seats. Plenty of storage for luggage. Ran on time. "

  • Value for money
    Travel by Rail Europe | Babu n. | 2016/12/19
    "It was a fantastic ride from Frankfurt to Koblenz and from Koblenz to Luxembourg. It was very convenient and in time. The outside view was an enjoyment for our eyes. My wife was with me and she enjoyed a lot. Thanks to Rail Europe. The only draw bag is the ticket booking. We booked our ticket through internet, but we have to collect the ticket from another place. It should be like airline tickets which is issued immediately. "

  • Value for money
    BERLIN TO DRESDEN BY RAIL | Christopher s. | 2016/11/26
    "This was a very comfortable trip and on time both ends. We found the Berlin main station a bit intimidating as it was on four levels! "

  • Value for money
    great!!  | Astrid m. | 2016/10/15
    "everything went fine. On time, comfortable, good price!! I would travel again in your trains for sure. "

  • Value for money
    Pretty fine. | Michael t. | 2016/10/14
    "Options for travel times from Berlin to Praha were quite limited. Ticket price was reasonable, "

  • Value for money
    Excellent Cost-Value | Daniel m. | 2016/10/10
    "I recently traveled from Berlin to Prague using the DB system and purchasing the ticket in advance vía Rail Europe. I got a really good rate and could print my ticket without any problem at all. The service was nice, the train departed and arrived on time. I would do do it again. "

  • Value for money
    Longest ride ever | Willem George f. | 2016/09/21
    "I will rather pay more and fly than take this ride again. There is no scenery and I was counting the minutes of the around 6-hour ride. There was also no dining cart attached to the train, so we could not even go and sit and have a meal to make the time go past. We had 2nd class tickets as that is all that was available, but that was no problem. Reserved seats and comfortable enough seats. Just boring ride and we LOVE train ride. We will only do trains in the future when it is a scenic route. "

  • Value for money
    between average and good | Mordehay p. | 2016/09/20
    "The lack of a reserved seat was a problem. the train was crowded and we were not comfortable. "

  • Value for money
    poor trip | Yochanan m. | 2016/09/17
    "We payed good money ahead for the journey. When we got to Leipzig station we were talled that the first class wagen is closed and we have to find a seat alone. It doesn't fit your name. "

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Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. What do I do with my luggage?

  • Q. What information do I need to provide when booking a rail pass? Do the names on the rail pass and the passports have to match?

  • Q. Do I need to make a reservation if I’m traveling with a rail pass on an overnight train?

  • Q. I’ve already booked my rail pass, but think I’d like a different one. Can I exchange it? It’s totally unused.

  • Q. What do I do if my train goes through a country not listed on my rail pass?

  • Q. Will the train cars be air conditioned/heated?

  • Q. My group lives large. Can we book an exclusive carriage or charter an entire train?

  • Q. How can I exchange my Trenitalia ticket?

  • Q. I just placed a booking and realized I made a mistake. How can I make changes?

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