German trains: Intercity (IC)

Intercity and Eurocity trains connect all major cities in Germany.

  • Book up to 180 days in advance
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Intercity 2 at Dörverden


German trains: Intercity (IC)

Intercity (IC) trains and Eurocity (EC) are trains which travel faster than regional trains in Germany. The IC and EC trains travel at a maximum speed of up to 200km/h and as such are categorized just after the Intercity Express (ICE), which are high speed trains. Intercity (IC) trains operate solely in within Germany while Eurocity (EC) trains continue their services to neighbouring countries. Both trains are operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German national railway company. IC and EC have frequent services on core routes.

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Practical information

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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.

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Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by Intercity & Eurocity trains
First class Second class
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.

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Reviews & ratings

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    awsome |
    "nice journey "

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

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    Travel by Rail Europe |
    "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. "

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    "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! "

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    great!!  |
    "everything went fine. On time, comfortable, good price!! I would travel again in your trains for sure. "

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    Pretty fine. |
    "Options for travel times from Berlin to Praha were quite limited. Ticket price was reasonable, "

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    Excellent Cost-Value |
    "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. "

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    Longest ride ever |
    "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. "

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    between average and good |
    "The lack of a reserved seat was a problem. the train was crowded and we were not comfortable. "

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    poor trip |
    "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. How far in advance can I purchase a train ticket?

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