Rail travel in Germany - Train types in Germany
In 1991 German Railways introduced its first high speed train: the Intercity-Express (ICE). At this time ICE 1 was a technical revolution. Today there are 5 different models: ICE 1, 2, 3, T and ICE Sprinter. With reaching up to 300 km/h ICE 3 is DB Bahn’s fastest high speed train. Not only short travel times but also the convenience of these ICE trains is sure to win you over. Each Intercity-Express is fully air-conditioned and maintains a stylish interior with a relaxing atmosphere for a quick and comfortable journey throughout Germany or all over Europe.
All Intercity-Express (ICE) trains guarantee a wide range of services and a large leg room for a comfartable journey to your destination. Regardless of which way you book your ticket, online or at the counter, you can request an aisle or window seat, row seating or face-to-face-seating, or a seat with a fixed table if you prefer. For our business travelers we also offer seating in areas with a high cell phone reception, or as well in designated quiet areas. All our ICE high speed trains are designed user and family-friendly, offering changing stations for families with young children. For the disabled we provide special facilities in the trains and at the stations.
Faster than regional trains, IC and EC trains connect major cities, reaching speeds of 200 km/h. Both Intercity and Eurocity trains run frequently, either every hour or two hours depending on the destination. Intercity trains run exclusively in Germany, while Eurocity trains reach neighbouring European countries. Both trains are very comfortable and offer many amenities that are sure to satisfy.
Food service on board
Almost all Intercity or Eurocity trains have a Bordrestaurant and/or a Bordbistro. The Intercity trains of DB Bahn have been recently updated to include electric outlets at table seats of the center aisle in coaches of both classes. Eurocity trains consist partly of wagons from neighbouring train companies and may vary in terms of equipment.
Regional and urban trains (RE, RB, S-Bahn)
DB Bahn offers new and improved regional trains, boasting comfortable seats, spacious multi-purpose compartments and entry at platform level, all to make your travels more enjoyable.
Departure at regular intervals with easy-to-remember departure times makes travelling short distances or transferring to long-distance trains more pleasant.
The Regional-Express connects cities and offers travel in comfortable modern trains. It leaves at regular intervals and links local to long-distance trains.
The Regionalbahn offers a basic service from all local stations. It provides the connection between the regions and city centres. It also connects to the Regional-Express.
The S-Bahn services high-density areas, leaving in quick, regular intervals. Some S-Bahn stations have access to longer distance regional trains, making travel within the city and between cities a breeze.
How to book tickets
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