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Travel On Train Intercity 2 (Germany)
The front end of a Twindexx train

Intercity 2 (Germany)

This guide will tell you all you need to know about travelling on the new double-decked trains now used for some IC services in Germany.

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At a Glance

Travel Pass Supplement

Rail Pass Reservation Fees
Reservations

Available
Time of Day

Day
Accessibility

Accessing the train

Wheelchair Spaces
Bikes Allowed
Train Specification

Attributes of the train

Double Deck
Has a Conductor
Country

Which country these trains operate in.

Germany
Travel Passes
Eurail
InterRail

On Board

1

Perks
Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

Trolley Service:

A catering trolley with hot and cold drinks and snacks should be taken through the train at some point during its journey.

WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

The upper deck 1st class saloon on a DB Intercity 2 train The upper deck 1st class saloon on a DB Intercity 2 train
If you are tall, the upper deck window seats can feel a tad cramped If you are tall, the upper deck window seats can feel a tad cramped

2

Perks
Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

Trolley Service:

A catering trolley with hot and cold drinks and snacks should be taken through the train at some point during its journey.

Close up view of the exterior of a Twindexx Close up view of the exterior of a Twindexx
An IC Twindexx arrives in Leipzig An IC Twindexx arrives in Leipzig
This phone symbol with no red line across it indicates a Phone seating zone This phone symbol with no red line across it indicates a Phone seating zone
The info screens show the train's current location The info screens show the train's current location
The info screens also show the connections available at the next station call The info screens also show the connections available at the next station call

Intercity 2 travel guide:

There are now two types of German IC trains in service:

(1) THESE brand new double deck Intercity 2 trains - also known as Twindexx trains
Other trains known as 'Kiss' trains are now operating Intercity 2 services on the Dresden <> Rostock via Berlin route.

(2) The older single deck trains - find out more HERE

Routes:

These newer double deck (Twindexx) IC trains are replacing the older IC trains on certain routes only.

On these five routes it is likely that you will be travelling on an Intercity 2 train:

(1) Stuttgart - Horb - Singen - Konstanz

(2) Leipzig – Halle – Magdeburg – Hannover – Hamm – Dortmund – Wuppertal – Cologne

(3) Dresden – Leipzig – Halle – Magdeburg – Hannover – Bremen – Oldenburg

(4) Karlsruhe - Stuttgart - Nurnberg

(5) Dresden - Berlin - Rostock - Warnemunde (these trains are used on this route)

Reservations:

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.

On Board:

Unlike the older single deck IC trains, all seating on these Intercity 2 (Twindexx) trains is in open plan saloons,

If you haven’t reserved, you have the freedom to choose between sitting on the upper or lower deck.

Upper deck = better views, but more cramped
Lower deck = easier access to the toilets and catering

There are luggage racks at the entrances to the upper and lower deck seating saloons.

The seating areas on this trains are divided into 'Phone' and 'Quiet' - no phone zones.
If you haven't reserved seats pay attention to the signs when boarding, you'll find them on the glass walls which separate the doors from the seating saloons.

A useful feature of these trains is the information panels in the seating saloons - they display a variety of info screens, including the departure details of connecting trains from the next station that the train will be calling at.

Finding a reserved seat:

Whether a seat is reserved or not will be indicated by red text on an electronic display, next to the seat numbers, that are on the edge of the luggage racks.

Catering:

These Intercity 2 trains have no separate bistro car, if the train isn’t too busy, a catering trolley will be pushed through the lower deck seating saloons.

However, if you are travelling on the upper deck, or don’t want to wait for the trolley to appear, then you can go in search of the catering attendant.

Bicycles:

All of these IC services should have bike racks, so to take a non-folding bike on board you need to both purchase a ticket AND a bike reservation, in order to secure a space for your bike.

The flat rate fee, irrespective of distance, for a combined bike ticket and reservation is €9.

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