ICE

There are now 6 types of ICE train operating

ICE 1

ICE 2

ICE 3

ICE T

ICE Velaro D

ICE 4 


Summary of differences in the on board experiences:

On the journey guides we strive to make the distinction between specific types of ICE train being use on each route.

We do this because the on-board experience varies depending on which type of ICE train you will be travelling by.

ICE trains are generally fabulous, but being on an ICE1 train feels different to an ICE-T train etc.

All ICE trains have:

(i) A bistro bar serving drinks, snacks and hot/cold light meals
(ii) An at seat service in 1st class (but note that no food/drink is complimentary)

Restaurant cars = ICE 1 and ICE 4 trains
Compartment seats = not on ICE 2 or ICE 4  trains
End of train lounges = ICE 3 and ICE T trains
Family compartments = not on ICE 2 trains

Train per route summary:

This is not a comprehensive list, it's a summary of the type of ICE train USUALLY used on each of these  routes - in both directions

Note that multiple types of train share some routes.

ICE 1

(i) Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Wurzburg - Nurnberg - Munchen

(ii) Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Frankfurt Airport - Mannheim - Stuttgart

(iii) Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Mannheim - Kalrsruhe - Basel - Zurich

(iv) Berlin - Leipzig - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main) - Mannheim - Stuttgart - Munchen

(v) Berlin - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Mannheim - Kalrsruhe - Basel - Bern - Interlaken

(vi) Berlin - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Frankfurt Airport

ICE 2

(i) Berlin - Hannover - Hamm - Dortmund - Essen - Duisburg - Dusseldorf

(ii) Berlin - Hannover - Hamm - Wupppertal - Koln/Cologne hbf

(iii) Hamburg/Bremen - Hannover - Kassel - Wurzburg - Nurnberg - Munchen

ICE 3

(i) Essen - Duisburg - Dusseldorf - Koln/Cologne (Messe-Deutz) - Frankfurt Airport - Frankfurt (Main) - Wurzburg - Nurnberg - Munchen

(ii) Dortmund - Wuppertal - Koln/Cologne (Messe-Deutz)  - Frankfurt Airport - Frankfurt (Main) - Wurzburg - Nurnberg - Munchen

(ii) Dortmund - Wuppertal - Koln/Cologne hbf - Frankfurt Airport - Mannheim - Stuttgart - Munchen

(ii) Essen - Duisburg - Dusseldorf - - Wuppertal - Koln/Cologne hbf - Frankfurt Airport - Mannheim - Stuttgart - Munchen

(iii) Koln/Cologne hbf - Frankfurt Airport - Mannheim -  Kalrsruhe - Basel

(iv) Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Oberhausen - Duisburg - Dusseldorf - Koln/Cologne hbf - Frankfurt Airport - Frankfurt (Main)

(v) Bruxelles - Liege - Aachen - Koln/Cologne hbf - Frankfurt Airport - Frankfurt (Main)

(vi) Berlin  - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main)

ICE T

(i) Hamburg - Berlin - Leipzig - Erfurt - Nurnberg - Munchen

(ii) Hamburg/Bremen - Hannover - Kassel - Wurzburg - Nurnberg - Munchen

(iii) Koln/Cologne - Koblenz - Frankfurt Airport - Frankfurt (Main) - Wurzburg - Nurnberg - Regensburg - Linz - Wien/Vienna

(iv) Dresden - Leipzig - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main) - Frankfurt Airport - Weisbaden

ICE Velaro D

(i) Frankfurt (Main) - Mannheim - Kaiserlautern - Saarbrucken - Paris

(i) Frankfurt (Main) - Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Strasbourg - Paris

ICE 4

(i) Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Wurzburg - Nurnberg - Munchen

(ii) Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Frankfurt Airport - Mannheim - Stuttgart

Tickets: 

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

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

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.

Catering
Availability
Restaurant
Bistro (Hot Food)
Bar (Cold Food)
Features
Availability
Double Deck
High Speed
Classes
First Class
1
Second Class
2

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