Train Travel in Germany (Deutsche Bahn)

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InterRegio train
InterRegio train

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Train travel in Germany can be fun for the whole family. If you want to travel as fast as possible from A to B, take the Intercity Express (ICE), the German high speed train, which reaches speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour. The ICE with its signature silver snout takes only 3 hours from Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) to Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide). It connects all major German cities.

If you want to travel at a different speed and the journey is your reward, take the regional (and cheaper) trains; they will stop more often but reach smaller German towns and villages. The regional trains are called Regional-Express or Regionalbahn.

If you don’t want to miss a single day of your trip and want to save on hotels, take a night train. The trains leave in the early evening and as morning comes, you will have reached your destination. You can choose between seats, couchettes, or comfortable sleepers, and there are also deluxe suites with two to six beds, a private shower and toilet, available.


With a standard train ticket you can board any train on the German Railway at any time. When you buy your ticket, you can choose between first and second class. Look for the large 1 or 2 next to the car door to find the right class. There are various ways to purchase your train ticket:

  • Online: The official website of the German Railway is available in English. Book your tickets online and conveniently print them out at home. Keep your eyes open for online deals.
  • Ticket Vending Machines: Almost every train station has a touch screen ticket vending machine where you can purchase tickets and make seat reservations up to the last minute. This service is available in English and five other languages. You can pay either cash, or with a Visa or Mastercard.
  • German Railway Ticket Counter: If you want to talk to an agent and get some personal advice, maps, and timetables relevant to train travel in Germany, head to the ticket counters of the German Railway, called DB Reisezentrum. These ticket counters are located inside most train stations.

You can get huge Savings on long-distance train travel in Germany if you book your tickets in advance. Special rules apply to those tickets, for example you may be restricted to a particular day and train, or your round trip journey must start and end at the same train station.

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