German trains : Intercity (IC)

Intercity and Eurocity trains connect all major cities in Germany.

  • Book up to 180 days in advance
  • Regional trains

Intercity 2 at Dörverden


German trains : Intercity (IC)

Intercity (IC) trains and Eurocity (EC) trains travel along regional routes in Germany, though they are faster than the standard regional train service.

The IC and EC trains travel at a maximum speed of up to 200km/h, which makes them only slightly slower than the high-speed Intercity Express (ICE).

Intercity (IC) trains operate solely in within Germany while Eurocity (EC) trains continue their services to neighboring countries. Both trains are operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German national railway company. IC and EC have frequent services on core routes and travel between popular cities like Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, and more. Tickets for these trains can be booked up to 90 days in advance.

Practical information

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

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.

A class apart

Classes of service

Services & amenities offered by Intercity & Eurocity trains
Second class First class
Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.
Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.
Reclining seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat.
Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.


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