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Buy ICE train tickets from DB

Buy direct from Deutsche Bahn with fares from €19, €29 or €39, no booking fees, on ICE & IC trains you can usually pick specific seats from a seating plan, and in most cases you simply print your own ticket. 

Definitely register when prompted, so you can log in & check or re-print tickets at any time.

What is the ICE?

ICE stands for InterCity Express, Deutsche Bahn's (German Railways) premier high-speed train, running at up to 175mph (ICE1 & ICE2) or 186mph (ICE3) on special high speed lines and up to 130 mph over upgraded conventional lines.  The ICE is arguably the most comfortable, civilised and impressive high-speed train in Europe, with a very high-spec interior designed to lure German businessmen out of their BMWs.  There are several versions, ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 & two tilting versions, the electric ICE-T & diesel ICE-TD.  See ICE travel tips.

Which type operates which route?

ICE 1 & ICE 2 trains operate routes all over Germany including Cologne-Hanover-Berlin (ICE2) and Munich-Frankfurt-Berlin.  ICE1 also operates from Germany to Basel, Zurich, Bern & Interlaken in Switzerland.  The newer ICE 3 trains operate Paris-Frankfurt, Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt, Amsterdam-Cologne-Frankfurt, Cologne-Munich & various routes in Germany.  ICE-T operates Frankfurt-Nuremburg-Vienna and the diesel-powered ICE-TD operates Hamburg-Copenhagen. 

There is a list of which type of ICE operates which train number here:  www.ice-fansite.com/index.php/services/ice-sitzplaene - look under Services for ICE-Verzeichnis.  Your train number is printed on your ticket or find it using the journey planner at www.bahn.de.  Class 401 = ICE1, 402 = ICE2, 403 or 406 = ICE3 & ICE3M, 411 = ICE-T 7-car, 415 = ICE-T 5-car, 605 = ICE-TD.

ICE 1 & ICE 2...  Click for ICE3

ICE second class   High-speed ICE train from Cologne to Berlin

ICE1 or ICE2, 2nd class...

 

An ICE2 at Berlin Hbf...

ICE2 at Berlin   ICE first class

Boarding an ICE2 at Berlin Hbf...

 

ICE1 or ICE2 1st class seats...

ICE2 restaurant car   ICE2 bar car

ICE1 restaurant car...

 

ICE1 bar car...  Sample menu

Food on ICE   Meal in ICE restaurant car

Food on board an ICE, served on proper crockery with metal cutlery.  No airline plastic here...

 

Tips for travelling by ICE train...

ICE 3...

ICE3 or ICE3M (the latter equipped for international routes) operates Paris-Frankfurt, Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt, Amsterdam-Cologne-Frankfurt, Cologne-Munich & various other routes.  They can reach 300km/h (186mph) - in fact, they can reach 320km/h (199 mph) on high-speed lines in France.

High-speed ICE3 train at Frankfurt   ICE2 train, 2nd class

ICE3 at Frankfurt (Main)...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats...

ICE3 train, 1st class   ICE3 bar counter

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats & power sockets...

 

ICE3 bar counter & standing area.  See sample menu.

Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train   Seats in the bistro car on ICE3

Meals are served on proper crockery with metal cutlery, wine & beer available...

 

Table for two... ICE3 has a small 12-seat restaurant area, 2 tables for 2, 2 tables for 4.

ICE3 train at Brussels   ICE3 seats behind cab

Boarding an ICE3 at Brussels Midi...

 

There's a viewing area behind the cab at each end...

Watch the video...

A video guide to the ICE3M (international ICE3) trains used between Amsterdam, Cologne & Frankfurt, Brussels, Cologne & Frankfurt, and Paris & Frankfurt.

 

ICE-T...

Fitted with a tilting body so it can corner faster on conventional routes, the ICE-T is similar in appearance and interior to ICE3, but with a slightly blunter nose.  Some ICE-Ts have 7 cars and feature a restaurant car, other ICE-Ts have 5 cars with a smaller bistro car.  Seating is similar to ICE3.  You'll find ICE-T on routes such as Vienna-Nuremberg-Frankfurt.

ICE-TD...

This is the diesel version of the ICE, found on routes such as Hamburg-Copenhagen.  Inside it's similar to ICE3, though the bistro car has no seating area.

ICE-TD train   ICE-T train at Frankfurt

A Copenhagen-Hamburg ICE-TD on board the train ferry...

 

A Vienna-Frankfurt ICE-T arrived at Frankfurt...

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Sample ICE bistro menu...

This is an ICE3 bistro menu, a more extensive menu may be offered on ICE1/2 trains with a full restaurant.  2013 prices.

ICE train bistro menu

ICE train bistro menu


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