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 run on international routes between Amsterdam & Berlin, and on some routes into Luxembourg, Austria & Switzerland.

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 an 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...

Un-refurbished InterCity trains...

Until DB's refurbishment programme is complete, you'll still find seating like this on many German InterCity trains.

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.



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