Interregio-Express Germany

Trains in Germany - Rail Guide, Train Tickets & Reservations

Interregio-Express - Info


Fast regional services between the cities. Deutsche Bahn operates a special IRE-train between Hamburg and Berlin to compete with the long distance buses. First and second class available, trolley service on some routes. Bikes are taken, on some routes only with reservation.

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation optional on Hamburg-Berlin trains (highly recommended during rush hour and on longer trips) 
  • Free Wifi on Hamburg-Berlin trains

1st class

  • Comfortable leather seats
  • Quiet atmosphere
    Reservation optional on Hamburg-Berlin trains (highly recommended during rush hour and on longer trips) 
  • Free Wifi on Hamburg-Berlin trains


A catering trolley will pass through the train on Hamburg-Berlin trains and some other routes.


Free for first and second class in Hamburg-Berlin trains.

Power sockets

Not available.


Special compartments for familys and for parents with babys and toddlers. Children up to 14 years travel for free with their (grand)parents.


Dogs are taken as long they are on a leash and wear a muzzle. Dogs carried in a bench or bag travel for free, bigger dogs pay half the fare of an adult.


No luggage limit on board of Interregio-Express-trains. Small luggage can be stowed in the overhead luggage racks or under your seat, for larger cases there are luggage racks in the compartments and near the outside doors. 


No check-in needed, you can turn up at the station and board the train at any time before departure. 

Discount cards - Bahncard 

The German Bahncard 25 and Bahndcard gives 25 or 50 percent discount on full fares. Furthermore the BahnCard 25 gives 25% off cheap Super-Sparpreis-Europa-fares and Sparpreis-Europa-fares. International discount cards like Railplus, ÖBB Vorteilscard, Halbtaxabonnement and Voordeelurenabonnement give discounts on full fares on the part of the journey outside Germany.

Interrail / Eurail 

Interrail and Eurail are accepted on all Interregio-Express-services without supplement. Seat reservation is not applicable.


For groups from 6 persons we offer special group fare, see Group travel by train. 


The first class onboard Interregio-Express-trains offers a comfortable and quiet working sphere. The First Class-lounge on German stations is open for all first class passengers. More information:  Business travel by train.

At the station

For first class passengers (certain ticket rates are excluded) special lounges are avaible on large stations, both within Germany and abroad. For second class passengers waiting rooms and restaurants are located within all stations. The train number, destination and time of departure will be published at screens at the stations. The platform will be announced around 30 minutes for departure but always keep a look at the screens or listen to the announcements for any changes.

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Rail Map - Germany

Rail Map - Germany