Trains to Germany

It is very easy to explore Germany by train. With the largest passenger rail network in the European Union, all major communities in Germany are well-served by train. The principal operator is Deutsche Bahn (DB), but many local and regional services are run by independent companies with timetables and fares which are fully integrated with DB. There are only a handful of services where DB tickets are not valid.

DB’s flagship is its sleek InterCity Express – ICE for short. On two short stretches of high-speed line within Germany, ICE trains may touch 300 kilometres per hour. But speeds on most routes are very much lower, and that’s part of the beauty of travelling by train through Germany: along the way, you can enjoy some of the most captivating scenery in Europe.

An excellent range of international services makes it easy to reach Germany by train from elsewhere in Europe. Passengers from Britain usually travel with Eurostar to Brussels, connecting there onto an ICE or Thalys train to Germany. There are also useful routings via Paris to destinations in central and southern Germany. There are excellent bargain tickets (called Europa-Spezial) on international rail services to and from Germany. These fares are also available on DB’s international coach services run under the IC-Bus brand.

From the North Sea and Baltic coasts, through the hill country of central Germany and south to the Black Forest and Bavaria, rail travel in Germany is affordable and fun. Visit the big cities, such as Berlin and Munich, but make time too for smaller communities and rural regions which are all very accessible by train.

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Trains in Germany


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Germany fact file

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  • Language icon Language: German

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