DB - SNCF (ICE)

The international high speed train service which crosses the France/Germany border is branded 'Le Reseau DB-SNCF' - it had been branded 'Alleo'.

Though you won't see this branding on the exterior of the trains.

RESERVATIONS     BOARDING

ON BOARD     CATERING    SUMMARY

Reflecting the spirit of co-operation French Railways (SNCF) and German Railways (DB) share the provision of the trains.

The German trains used for these services are these ICE Velaro D trains.

Externally they're very similar to ICE 3 trains, but interally they have more commion with ICE 2 trains - all seating in both 1st and 2nd class is open plan and they don't have the lounges at the end of the trains which the ICE 3 trains have.

Routes:

The only 'Le Reseau DB-SNCF' routes on which these ICE trains are the two routes between Paris and Frankfurt (Main) via (i) Strasbourg and Karlsruhe and (ii) via Saarbrucken and Kaiserlauten.

They share the services on these routes with French trains.

The French trains used for the service are 'EuroDuplex' trains - international versions of the double decked TGV Duplex train.

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Reservations:

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for journeys by these trains, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding (see below).

They can be purchased online or at the station, at a Reisezentrum ticket desk.

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Boarding The Train:

If you have a reservation before arriving on the gleis/platform/voie, check your ticket for the number of the coach in which your reserved seat is located
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Then use the info screens on the gleis/platform/voie, to check which zone you should wait in, for easy boarding.

Some coaches/carriages only have one door, while others have two.

A number ‘1’ by the doors indicates that the coach is 1st class, while a ‘2’ indicates second class.
These numbers are the only indication of whether a coach is 1st class and vice versa and they can be hard to spot on a fast arriving train.

Below these numbers are electronic indicators which show the destination of the train and the main stations it will be calling at.

The doors won’t open automatically so you may have to press the green button.

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On Board:

There are luggage racks by the doors and in the middle of the 1st class seating saloons.
It can be worth travelling 1st class if you have heavy luggage, as there is more space in which to store it.

Reservations are indicated by red text next to seat numbers, on the edge of the luggage rack that show the stations, between which the seat has been reserved.

When booking point-2-point tickets, seats will be automatically assigned, but rail pass users will need to make reservations for international journeys - (no reservations required for journeys between German stations).

Rail pass users also need to reserve for journeys between French stations, but for these journeys the standard TGV reservation fees apply.

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Catering:

There is no trolley catering on these trains.

If you are travelling 1st or 2nd class you can opt to purchase hot/cold food and drink from the bar/bistro car and then either consume it in the bistro car or bring it back to your seat.

 An attendant will also pass through 1st class taking orders for food and drink to be delivered to your seat – try to avoid confusing them with the conductor who will check the tickets etc.

Be aware that you will be charged for all items that you order at your seat.

If you’re travelling 1st class and are particularly thirsty/hungry, don’t wait for the catering attendant to make their round, go to the bar counter and order in person.

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Restaurant
Bistro (Hot Food)
Bar (Cold Food)
Features
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Double Deck
High Speed
Classes
First Class
Première/1
Second Class
Seconde/2

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