Intercity Express

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Intercity Express
A German ICE 3 trainset
LocaleGermany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and France. Formerly Denmark.
Dates of operation1985–present
PredecessorSee History
Track gauge1,435mm Standard gauge
  High-speed lines for 300 km/h (186 mph)
  High-speed lines for 250 km/h (155 mph) or more
  Upgraded lines for 200–230 km/h (124–143 mph)
  Conventional lines, often upgraded for 160 km/h (100 mph)

The Intercity-Express (abbreviated: ICE; sometimes stylized as InterCityExpress), is a category of high speed trains, which are operated by DB Fernverkehr since 1991. It is the highest service and fare category (Class A) of rail in Germany and the flagship train of the German state railway, Deutsche Bahn.[1] There are currently 259 trainsets in use.

The trains have an operating speed of up to 300 km/h. They are one of fastest trains in the world. Some of the high-speed lines in Germany are:

There are other (upgraded) lines where the trains can reach 200 km/h. Some new high-speed lines are under construction, some are in planning.

ICE trains are also travelling to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, The Netherlands and Switzerland. Some of the destinations in other countries are: Aarhus, Brussels, Utrecht, Liege, Arnhem, Basel, Bern, Salzburg, Linz, Metz, Innsbruck, Amsterdam, Paris, Zürich and Vienna.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Beförderungsbedingungen Deutsche Bahn AG" (PDF) (in German). DB Vertrieb. 7 February 2022. p. 11. Retrieved 11 February 2022.