ICE InterCity Express

April 18, 2022
European suburban & intercity

There are a number of train types in Germany ready to transport you both day and night. The German train network is operated by Deutsche Bahn. Use the to check times for trains in Germany.

Regional and intercity trains in Germany

The main rail network in Germany is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:

  • trains connect regional destinations with larger cities. It makes frequent stops and connects with high-speed ICE trains.
  • trains link all local towns. These trains are slower than Regional Express trains.
  • InterRegional trains connect Germany’s regions.
  • (suburban trains) is a network of trains that operate within most big cities, including Berlin and Munich.
  • InterCity trains operate domestically and internationally between key cities. They are slower than the high-speed ICE trains as they make more stops.

Your German Rail Pass is also valid on .

On the regional trains appear as 'RE', 'RB', 'IR' and 'IC'.

Domestic high-speed trains in Germany

The following high-speed trains operate within Germany:

  • (InterCity Express) is the most popular train in Germany, connecting key cities. These high-speed trains travel at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h).
  • is the newest brand of extra fast ICE trains, connecting Germany’s main cities: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Düsseldorf, with no stops in between. The ICE Sprinter is aimed at business travelers and runs during the busy periods at the start and end of the working day. ICE and ICE Sprinter trains include an on-board restaurant. Snacks and drinks can also be served to your seat. In 1st class there may be extras, like newspapers, power sockets, audio channels and video screens.

On the ICE and ICE Sprinter trains simply as 'ICE'. Reservations are compulsory for ICE Sprinter trains. But are optional for standard ICE trains.

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