IC (Germany)

If you will be taking a journey by German Intercity (IC) trains our guide will tell you all you need to know, from boarding, to making the most of the journey experience.

There are now two types of German IC trains operating:

(1) THESE older, but recently refurbished single deck trains and

(2) OTHER brand new double deck 'Twindexx' trains - more info on those trains is HERE


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Older and slower than the ICE trains, THESE single deck IC trains were the pride of German railways before the country built high speed lines.

They still snake across the country on long routes, which have no high speed lines, meaning that between some cities they’re still the fastest trains available.


The more frequent routes, which these older, single deck IC trains are used on, are;

(1) Hamburg - Bremen - Osnabruck - Dortmund - Essen - Dusseldorf -  Koln - Bonn - Koblenz - Mainz - Frankfurt (Main)

(2) Hamburg - Bremen - Osnabruck - Dortmund - Essen - Dusseldorf -  Koln - Bonn - Koblenz - Mainz - Mannheim -Heidelberg - Stuttgart

(3) Karlsruhe - Stuttgart - Ulm - Augsburg - Munchen

(3) Hamburg - Westerland

(4) Stuttgart - Siegen - Schaffhausen - Zurich

(5) Hamburg - Rostock - Stralsund

(6) Berlin - Angermunde - Stralsund - Ostseebad Binz

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Reservations are now included when booking 1st class journeys by IC trains.

However, in 2nd class (and for rail pass users in 1st class and 2nd class) they're available - but optional.
1st class = €5.30
2nd class = €4

They can be added when making a booking or purchased separately either online or at the station - at a ticket desk or at a DB ticket machine.

If you have not reserved the availability of seats is NOT guaranteed - if need be walk through the train to find available seats.

BIKE spaces must also be reserved prior to boarding.

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On Board:

Power sockets and Wi-Fi are not available on all of these trains (they tend to be available on the international routes).
When Wi-Fi is available it's only accessible in Germany.

A feature of these trains is that some (or all) of the 1st class seating is usually in compartments with a door to the corridor, but virtually all 2nd class seats are open plan.

Finding A Reserved Seat:

The destinations between which a seat has been reserved is either;
(i)  marked above each seat,
(ii) on an electronic strip at the edge of the luggage rack,
(iii) or shown on a seat diagram on the outside of the compartment to the side of the door.

You need to check which seats are available before entering the compartment.

If you haven’t reserved, check these labels carefully, as many seats will only be reserved for part of the journey, so a 'reserved' seat may actually be available for use between your start end points

IC trains can be between five and eleven coaches long, if need be, walk through the train to find available seats.

Managing Luggage:

Luggage space isn’t particularly generous on IC trains.

Luggage has to be placed in the overhead racks, above the seats or in the spaces between seats.

In the compartments the only luggage storage option can be the overhead racks, particularly when the trains are busy.
Luggage cannot be left in corridors outside the compartments.

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Not all IC trains departures will have bar/bistro counters that will sell food and drink

So you will be making a long journey it's a good idea to take food and drink on board with you.

Unlike on the ICE trains, if you have a 1st class ticket  there is no at seat service available.


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Bistro (Hot Food)
Bar (Cold Food)
Double Deck
High Speed
First Class
1 (1.klasse)
Second Class
2 (2.klasse)

Rail passes and reservations

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