Intercity train

Intercity and Eurocity trains: your direct connection between cities and regions

The Intercity (IC) and Eurocity (EC) connect major cities with each other at speeds of up to 185 km/h. IC and EC trains normally run hourly or two-hourly. Intercity trains operate within Germany, on Eurocity trains you can also travel to neighbouring European countries.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Hourly or two-hourly services
  • Fast connection between cities
  • Fast transferring to connecting trains, normally on the opposite side of the platform
  • IC trains within Germany
  • EC trains to neighbouring countries
  • On-board catering or at-seat service (IC 2) on many IC and EC trains
  • First class compartments for more comfort

Travelling in Germany

Regardless of whether you want to travel within Germany, from Germany abroad or from abroad to Germany, on our website you can purchase tickets for all destinations.

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The new Intercity (IC 2)

The new generation of Intercity trains has a lot to over – on two decks! The IC 2 is a double-decker train designed for comfort. It takes you to (almost) any place – every two hours.

Intercity (IC)

On Intercity trains you travel in large, air-conditioned compartments at speeds of up to 185 km/h. Thy typical IC consists of compartments and open saloon coaches in both travel classes.

Eurocity (EC)

With the Eurocity you can travel across Europe on long-distance trains. EC trains offer air-conditioned compartments in both first and second class. The EC only stops in major cities.

On-board catering

On-board bistros and restaurants can be found on many long-distance trains (IC, EC). To find out whether your train has an on-board restaurant, visit our travel information.


The new generation of long-distance trains runs quietly on air suspension. Carpets and headrest padding reduce almost all conversation noise and ensure an enjoyable journey.

Virtual tour

Lean back and enjoy the view inside the Intercity 2.

View 360° panorama of IC 2

The 2016 EC- /IC network with all ICE lines

2016 EC- / IC routes to download (PDF, 643KB)