At SNCB Europe, you’ll get the best fares for your Intercity-Express (ICE) train tickets for journeys between Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland.
The on-board bar and restaurant (« BordBistro and « Bordrestaurant ») are available to all passengers and offer a selection of international specialities that change on a monthly basis, healthy organic dishes, snacks, as well as beverages.
ICE trains offer a wide range of facilities for families with children:
The ICE 3 trains (which run among other routes on the high-speed line between Brussels and Frankfurt) offer a Panorama Lounge where passengers can watch the train driver thanks to a glass partition. Panorama Lounges are available in 1st and 2nd class.
Book your seat in the Panorama Lounges via our Contact Centre on +32 70 79 79 79 (€0.30/min) or at one of the 28 Belgian stations with international offer.
The booking period can vary from one type of train to another. The main international trains at a glance:
Exception: every year in mid-December, different European rail companies simultaneously amend their train services, with new timetables taking effect more or less throughout Europe.
On certain rail networks (particularly in Germany), the new timetables for mid-December are only confirmed and published at some point during October. When this occurs, bookings for rail travel from mid-December onwards can also only be made after a given date in October.
If you have an ICE 1st class ticket for the same day (or a 1st class ticket for an InterCity train run by Deutsche Bahn), you can use the DB Lounge at your station of departure or your station of arrival, if they have these lounges.
DB Lounges are pleasant relaxing spaces, offering a Wi-Fi connection, meeting rooms, a self-service bar offering hot and cold drinks, along with a selection of international newspapers and magazines.
You can find DB Lounges at the following stations:
Berlin Hbf, Bremen Hbf, Dresden Hbf, Essen Hbf, Frankfurt/M. Hbf, Frankfurt/M. Flughafen Fernbahnhof (Frankfurt Airport Railway Station), Hamburg Hbf, Hannover Hbf, Köln Hbf (Cologne), Leipzig Hbf, Mannheim Hbf, München Hbf (Munich), Nürnberg Hbf (Nuremberg), Stuttgart Hbf
It depends on the fare paid for the ICE ticket.
If you chose the Flexpreis fare, which is flexible, your ticket is valid on any train on your route during the period of validity stated on the ticket (one day for electronic tickets covering a distance under 100km, two days for electronic tickets with a distance over 100km, and four days for conventional paper tickets issued at railway stations).
If you opted for the Sparpreis saver fare, your ticket is only valid on board the IC or ICE train(s) selected when the ticket was purchased, the train number of which appears on your ticket. However, if you travel on a regional train for part of your journey, your Sparpreis ticket is valid on any regional train of your choice.
The validity of your ticket (as described above) is completely unaffected, whether or not you decide to reserve a seat on board one or more ICE trains.
If you take the ICE train between Belgium and Germany at the Sparpreis Europa saver fare, your ticket price remains the same, regardless of whether you are travelling to/from Brussels, Liège, Antwerp, Ghent, etc. When booking your ticket, please specify your actual departure or arrival station in Belgium so that your ticket continues to be valid on SNCB trains in Belgium.
In all cases, simply select your actual station of departure or arrival (e.g. Verviers, Namur or Mons) instead of Brussels Midi/Zuid. Our booking system will then automatically offer you the appropriate ticket.
Important notice: each rail operator is only responsible for its own section of the journey.
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Unlike most high-speed trains, InterCity and regional trains in Belgium and the Netherlands do not require a reservation. For these trains, you get an open ticket, valid on board any train on the date shown (at any time of day*) and on the route as indicated on your ticket. Great flexibility!
Similarly, on IC and ICE trains run by Deutsche Bahn, seat reservation is optional. Consequently, most tickets for journeys in Germany do not necessarily show the time either. Remember though, that the Sparpreis economy fare does require you to use the specific train you chose when buying your ticket. In this case, the train number and time of departure are shown on your ticket.
* except for some time restrictions specified in the terms and conditions for specific fares, such as, for example, Benelux Youth or Superdagretour.