ICE - Deutsche Bahn (DB) : Overview

ICE - Deutsche Bahn (DB)

Germany's ICE (Inter City Express) high speed trains are the fastest way to travel not only in Germany but from Germany into Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands travelling at over 300km/h.

Currently there are different ICE train types in service: More information on each service can be found using the 6 individual train tabs above. These trains mainly differ in the composition of coaches and the maximum speed.

Main ICE Routes:

Routing Travel Time Frequency- per day
Cologne-Amsterdam 2h38 7
Frankfurt-Brussels 2h58 4
Frankfurt-Munich 3h10 21
Frankfurt-Hamburg 3h37 27
Frankfurt-Berlin 4h08 34
Cologne-Berlin 4h16 17
Hamburg-Mannheim 4h18 21
Bonn-Berlin 4h43 4
Nuernburg-Vienna 4h45 6
Hamburg-Munich 5h38 21
Hamburg-Zurich 7h51 4
Hamburg-Interlaken 8h41 4
Hamburg-Vienna 9h13 6
Frankfurt-Paris Est 3h48 4


  • No reservations are required to travel on ICE trains, however for groups and during peak periods, a reservation is strongly recommended.
  • To travel on the ICE passengers purchase a point to point ticket and then can reserve a seat at an additional price. This price is often included already when searching the Rail Plus booking engine. Check ticket conditions when searching for a fare.
  • Reservations can be reserved 90 days prior to the train departure date. France <> Germany TGV can be booked 180 days in advance.