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"Die Bahn (DB)" Germany Transportation Tip by antistar

Germany Transportation: 318 reviews and 288 photos

Services are run on the following train types:

ICE (Inter city Express)

The white high-tech super trains that can reach speeds of well over 200kmh. These trains move you from one city to another and make few stops in between. These are the premier service, and prices reflect this.

IC (Intercity)

IC trains are also white, but not as fast nor as sleek. They make more stops, and take longer than the ICEs, but are also cheaper.

RE (Regional Express)

These red trains serve the smaller destinations, like the towns, and fan out from the bigger cities.

RB (Regional Bahn)

The red snails are the slowest of the slow, and stop at every tiny village en route. They tend to be the oldest and mustiest of the entire train stock.


Every city has its own S-Bahn system, which are basically trains, and they overlap with the DB system. They service only the suburbs and satellite towns of the cities, and although they are run by local services, you can use them with your DB ticket as well.

NZ (Nacht Zug)

DB runs some night trains, but many are run by private and foreign companies. This makes booking these kinds of trains harder than day trains, and the DB site won't book them. There is a special site dedicated to night trains which will be explained later.

Type: Train

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  • Updated Jul 11, 2013
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