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ICE International

  • Travel quickly and comfortably
  • Electrical outlet at your seat
  • Possibility of reserving a seat before departure
  • WiFi in 1st and 2nd class
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ICE International schedule

ICE International is the high-speed train that travels daily from the Netherlands to Germany and Switzerland. Travelling with ICE International is comfortable and relaxing. ICE International offers something exciting in travel: between Cologne and Frankfurt is travels as fast as 300 km/h!

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Connections

Every day, ICE International connects the Randstad with Oberhausen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt and Basel. The travel time from Amsterdam to Cologne is 2.38 hours, Frankfurt Hbf is 3.55 hours. Every day, ICE International also travels directly to Basel, with connections to all major Swiss destinations..
The up-to-date schedule can be found in the itinerary planner

Departure stations

ICE International departs from three stations:

  • Amsterdam Centraal
  • Utrecht Centraal
  • Arnhem Centraal

Arrival stations

ICE International brings you directly to ten stations in Germany and two in Switzerland:

  • Oberhausen
  • Duisburg
  • Düsseldorf
  • Cologne
  • Frankfurt Flughafen
  • Frankfurt
  • Mannheim (1x p.d.)
  • Karlsruhe (1x p.d.)
  • Offenburg (1x p.d.)
  • Freiburg (Breisgau) (1x p.d.)
  • Basel Bad (1x p.d.)
  • Basel SBB (1x p.d.)

ICE International prices

With ICE International you can travel from € 19 to Germany and from € 38 to Switzerland. The sooner you book the cheaper your ticket. You can book up to 180days in advance.

The price depends on

One-way prices ICE International

Book in advance and save money

    Do you already know what day and time you want to travel? Then choose for a Sparpreis Europa rate: the best rate for the price-conscious travellers. You will not be able to cancel or rebook the ticket.

    General tips for getting the cheapest tickets

    • Book as early as possibly to have the most chance of getting the cheapest tickets.
    • Travelling in the evening is often cheaper.
    • For a weekend getaway, travel Sat-Sun-Mon instead of Fri-Sat-Sun.
    • Book online to avoid booking fee.

      Tips to get the best rates

      Tickets ICE International

      ICE International offers different tarif types for your journey. Choose from Flexpreis, Sparpreis or Sparpreis Europa tarif. Every tarif has different conditions.

      Supersparpreis Europa Sparpreis Europa Flexpreis Europa
      Change booking not ok Until 1st day of valid for a fee of € 19 ok
      Cancellation prior to departure not ok Until 1st day of valid for a fee of € 19 ok
      Cancellation after departure not ok not ok From 1st day of valid for a fee of € 19
      +City * not ok ok ok
      Presale period 180 180 180
      Availability of tickets sufficient sufficient unlimited
      In combination with Dutch reduction card not ok not ok ok
      In combination with Railplus not ok not ok ok
      In combination with BahnCard Bahncard 25 Bahncard 50 Bahncard 25 Bahncard 50 Bahncard 25 Bahncard 50 Bahncard 100
      *Travel to/from the station with local public transport for a significant number of German destinations
      Find out everything about ICE International rates here

      Seat reservations

      It is not mandatory to reserve a seat with ICE International. However, we advise you to do so. You will receive a confirmation of your seat reservation stating the carriage number and seat number.

      Seat reservation 1st class

      When booking a first class ticket, the seat reservation costs are included in the price of your ticket.

      ICE supplement for domestic travel

      For domestic travel with ICE International (Amsterdam - Arnhem) a supplement is required. Passengers, travelling with a valid NS subscription, can travel with ICE International in the Netherlands without a supplement. More about the ICE supplement for domestic travel

      ICE International classes

      IICE International has 2 travel classes: 1st class and 2nd class. In 1st class, you will benefit from additional advantages, such as greater comfort and extra legroom

      2nd class

      • Free Wifi
      • 1 electrical outlet for every 2 seats
      • In a number of ICE trains, there is a "kleinkind abteil" (closed off area where children can play)
      • A "Panorama Lounge", where a glass wall has been placed so that passengers can enjoy the same view as the engine driver
      • 37 cm legroom

      1st class

      • Seat reservation included in your ticket*
      • Seat with adjustable back in a carriage with a middle or side aisle
      • Free Wifi
      • Free German newspapers
      • A "Panorama Lounge", where a glass wall has been placed so that passengers can enjoy the same view as the engine driver
      • 46 cm legroom
      • 1 electrical outlet for every 2 seats
      • Access to the NS International and DB Lounges (with the exception of Supersparpreis Europe and the Sparpreis Europe rate)
      * Based on availability

      Free access to the lounges

      If you have a 1st class ticket, you can enjoy a free drink at the NS International Lounge in Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam. You also have access to the 1st class lounge of Deutsche Bahn at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, where you can enjoy a free snack and drink (with the exception of Supersparpreis Europe and Sparpreis Europe rate).

      On board of ICE International

      Locating your carriage

      On ICE International trains, the carriage numbers are located next to the exterior doors. Your carriage number is printed on your ticket. When stepping onto the platform you can consult the signs that indicate where the carriages are located.

      Travel information

      Once on board, you will receive "Ihr Reiseplan", a folder that lists the stops the train will make and gives information about departure and arrival times at each station, information about connecting trains, and the services that are available on board. Please also listen to announcements for extra information.

      Wifi

      Free Wi-Fi is available on all ICE trains, both in 1st and 2nd class. So you can continue working, e-mail or use social media on board.

      Catering

      Travelling on an ICE International train means comfortable travel. In the bar/buffet car, you can order a simple meal, sandwiches, salads, hot snacks and beverages and pay in cash or with a credit card. On some ICE International trains, personnel come around to your seat selling beverages and snacks.

      Luggage

      You are advised to only bring luggage that you can easily carry and that can be stored in the spaces provided. Smaller pieces of luggage can be placed in the luggage racks above the seats; for the larger pieces of luggage you may make use of the spaces between the seats that have been specifically designed for this purpose.

      Read more on travelling with luggage in ICE International
      Read more on travelling with luggage in Intercity Berlin
      Read more on travelling with small electronic vehicles in German trains

      Travelling with children

      What does it cost to travel with children? Can I bring a stroller on board? May children walk about and play? For a worry-free trip, read all the practical information about Travelling with children

      Travellers with impaired mobility

      ICE International and Intercity Berlin. There are two or four wheelchair spaces in every ICE International and Intercity Berlin train in a 2nd class carriage and there are handicap washroom/toilet facilities in the vicinity. Next to each wheelchair space there is a seat that is always reserved for the accompanying passenger. Allowable maximum size of the wheelchair is 125 x 70 cm. There are limited opportunities for travelling with a mobility scooter. For advice contact telephone number: +31(0)30 235 78 22 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day).

      Bringing pets on board

      Honden worden toegelaten in ICE International en Intercity Berlijn, maar niet in de bord bistro rijtuigen. Kleine honden/huisdieren die in een mand of kooi vervoerd worden reizen gratis, evenals blindengeleidehonden. Voor een blindengeleidehond moet een vervoerbewijs worden afgegeven tDogs are permitted on board ICE International, but are not allowed to enter the bistro carriage. Small dogs/pets that are transported in a basket or cage and guide dogs may travel for free. A guide rate ticket is needed for a guide dog.

      Large pets

      Larger dogs must be kept on a leash and wear a muzzle. For these dogs a dog ticket (rate: ‘dog’) and separate 50% reduced ICE International ticket is needed. In the Netherlands the ICE International ticket can only be purchased for direct ICE International services. Tickets for dogs cannot be purchased online but must be purchased at one of the staffed sales outlets: NS International Service Center, and a NS International counter in one of the Tickets & Service offices at the larger train stations. For other routes, the ticket must be purchased on the spot.

      Enjoy the same view as the engine driver

      In the ICE International 3 train carriages (Cologne–Frankfurt) there are "Panorama Lounges", where a glass wall has been placed so that passengers can enjoy the same view as the engine driver.

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