What's it like on board an InterCity train?

Deutsche Bahn's (German Railways') InterCity trains might not be as fast or glamorous as their high-speed ICE trains, but these second-rank expresses still reach 200km/h (125mph) with smooth-riding and spacious carriages, and often a restaurant car or at least a bistro.

These trains run on many internal routes in Germany, including Cologne-Hamburg and the Cologne-Mainz route via the scenic Rhine Valley.  They also run on international routes between Amsterdam & Berlin, and on some routes into Luxembourg, Austria & Switzerland.  New double-decker InterCity trains entered service on a couple of German IC routes in 2016, for example Hanover-Leipzig and Cologne-Dresden.

A German InterCity train   2nd class seats on an IC train

An German Railways InterCity train...

 

A 2nd class table for four...

2nd class seats on a German InterCity train   Restaurant car on an InterCity train

2nd class open-plan (saloon) seating...

 

Some IC trains have a restaurant car...

1st class table for four on an InterCity train   1st class comparment on an InterCity train

1st class seats, open-plan saloon style.

 

1st class seats, compartments style...

In first class in open saloon cars, seats are arranged 2+1 across the car width, with some tables for two and tables for four.  In compartment-style cars, seats are in 6-seater compartments.

Refurbished or un-refurbished?  These photos show a refurbished train, as DB is progressively refurbishing its IC trains with leather seats in 1st class and blue cloth seats in 2nd class similar to those on their premier ICE trains.   You will still find un-refurbished trains on many routes, see the photos below.

Travel tips...

Drop down table   Luggage rack   Power socket

Drop down tables at seats not at a fixed table...

 

Plenty of luggage space - even on a busy train...

 

European 2-pin power sockets at every seat or pair of seats...

Un-refurbished InterCity trains...

Until DB's refurbishment programme is complete, you'll still find seating like this on some German InterCity trains.  These may not have power sockets.

Unrefurbished 2nd class seats on a German InterCity train   1st class compartment on unrefurbished German InterCity train

2nd class seats on an un-refurbished InterCity train...

 

1st class compartment on an un-refurbished train.

New double-decker InterCity trains...

Brand-new double-decker InterCity trains have entered service in 2016 on a couple of routes, including Cologne-Dresden and Hannover-Leipzig.  These trains are 'push-pull' which means they have a locomotive at one end and a driving cab at the other, and can operate in either direction with the locomotive either pulling or pushing.  There are 1st & 2nd class sections both upstairs and downstairs.  It's just 7 steps, wide, easy and with good handrails from the entrance to the upper deck, and several steps down to the lower one.  Photos below courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

Double-deck German InterCity train   Double-deck German InterCity train 1st class   Double-deck German InterCity train 2nd class

New double-deck train...

 

1st class - downstairs example.

 

2nd class - upstairs example.

   
   


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