ICE Intercity Express Sprinter Trains

ICE Intercity Express

ICE Sprinter

The "ICE Sprinter" trains are trains with fewer stops between Germany's major cities running in the morning and evening hours. They are tailored for business travellers or long-distance commuters and are marketed by DB as an alternative to domestic flights. Some of the Sprinter services continue as normal ICE services after reaching their destination. The service is usually half an hour faster than a standard ICE between the same cities.

A reservation was mandatory on the ICE Sprinter until December 2015.

The first Sprinter service was established between Munich and Frankfurt in 1992. Frankfurt-Hamburg followed in 1993 and Cologne-Hamburg in 1994. This service ran as a Metropolitan service between December 1996 and December 2004. In 1998, a Berlin-Frankfurt service was introduced and a service between Cologne and Stuttgart ran between December 2005 and October 2006.

Until December 2006, a morning Sprinter service ran between Frankfurt and Munich (with an intermediate stop at Mannheim), taking 3:25 hours for the journey. This has been since replaced by a normal ICE connection taking only 3:21 hours.

Starting with the December 2017 schedule change, a new Sprinter line links Berlin main station and Munich main station in less than four hours.

As of July 2018, the individual ICE Sprinter lines are:
No. Departure station Intermediate stops Destination Travel time (hh:mm) Time of day
19         Morning
121       1:01 Noon
123 Köln Hbf Frankfurt Airport Frankfurt (Main) Hbf 1:02 Afternoon
125 1:03 Evening
127       1:06 Night
124 Frankfurt (Main)     1:06 Morning
126 Hbf Frankfurt Airport Köln Hbf 1:04 Noon
128       1:10 Evening
593         Morning
595 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf       Noon
597 Mannheim Hbf Stuttgart Hbf 1:18 Afternoon
599       Evening
592         Morning
594         Noon
598 Stuttgart Hbf Mannheim Hbf Frankfurt (Main) Hbf 1:17 Afternoon
690       Evening
1000   Nuremberg Hbf, Erfurt Hbf, Halle (Saale) Hbf, Berlin Südkreuz     Morning
1004 München Hbf Berlin Hbf 3:55 Noon
1008       Evening
1001   Berlin Südkreuz, Halle (Saale) Hbf, Erfurt Hbf, Nuremberg Hbf   4:02
1005 Berlin Hbf München Hbf Noon
1009     Evening
1031 Hamburg Hbf Essen Hbf, Duisburg Hbf, Düsseldorf Hbf Köln Hbf 3:35 Morning
1038 Köln Hbf Düsseldorf Hbf, Duisburg Hbf, Essen Hbf Hamburg Hbf 3:38 Morning
1094 Frankfurt Hbf Hannover Hbf Hamburg Hbf 3:26 Afternoon
1097 Hamburg-Altona Hamburg Hbf, Hamburg Dammtor, Hannover Hbf Frankfurt Hbf 3:20 Morning
1535 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf Erfurt Hbf, Halle (Saale) Hbf, Berlin Südkreuz   3:56
1598 Berlin Hbf Noon
1631   Afternoon
1633         Evening
1536         Morning
1538 Berlin Hbf Berlin Südkreuz, Halle (Saale) Hbf, Erfurt Hbf Frankfurt (Main) Hbf 3:52
1636 Afternoon
1638         Evening

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Locale: Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and France. Formerly Denmark.
Dates of Operation: 1985-present
Track Gauge: 1,435mm Standard gauge
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