ICE train Reviews

2017
03
OCT
TonynDenise (Mannering Park, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"A great trip, comfortable, fast with plenty of space"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

We travelled from Budapest to Prague, then Berlin and later to Dusseldorf. Just make sure you book your seats. First Class did not cost much more and was worth it.
2017
11
AUG
Bronwyn (Perth, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Comfortable, fast, stress free "

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2017
27
JUN
richard (maylands, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Really nice way to travel"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

We really enjoyed our rail trip. Comfortable seats , nice food, great service. Everthing was very easy.
2017
24
MAY
Kevin (Christchurch)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Fast and efficient."

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

I had bought a ticket direct from Frankfurt am Main to Zurich but we had to change at Basel. The on board English announcements were unclear and we had literally only 3 minutes to change platforms and catch an alternative TGV train to Zurich. There would have been subsequent trains but I suspect we would have had to pay again. So be sure that if you have any doubts about transfers etc ask the helpful conductors. Also just another word of warning. The platform signage may not have your particular destination displayed so you must know your train number. Also if you have a reserved seat be sure you choose the correct coach number which is painted on the side of the train near the entrance.
2016
12
DEC
Kate (Sylvania, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Delayed and confusing "

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 3/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 2/5
Cleanliness: 1/5

there were big delays in the system the day we were travelling. The station at Frankfurt airport was very confusing. We really had no clue which train was coming and even when the indicators were signalling for a partiocular train a different one would pull in,. IN the end we got on the wrong train but it was going to our destination. Also the toilets were FILTHY
2016
25
NOV
Yvonne (Auckland)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Easy, efficient and low stress way to travel."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

The ICE trains are among the best in Europe. The German stations I visited on my travels were very clean, generally well laid out, and train travel is so much less fuss than flying. By the time you factor in check in time for flights, security processing, and getting to/from an airport, utilising the high speed train service within Europe compares favourably (and you get a comfortable seat with a view of the countryside, towns and villages as you zoom through). Trains take you right into the centre of town and I have been pleasantly surprised by the hotels within walking distance to the station I have used this trip. If you are travelling on a first class ticket (not a rail pass) the larger German Hauptbahnhof have lounges where you can wait in relative comfort with free drinks and snacks. Finally make sure you check out the map of the carriages for your train so you know where to stand on the platform to get to your reserved seat quickly. The carriage map is on the platform.
2016
24
OCT
Linda (Kapiti Coast)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Fast and efficient"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

Totally recommended way to travel. Fast and yet still able to view the beautiful countryside as you go.
2016
05
OCT
Pamela (Porirua)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Easy to use once you work it all"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2016
30
SEP
David (Crows Nest, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Great way to see the countryside. "

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 3/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2016
26
SEP
brian (tauranga)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Good trip on ice in germany"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2016
25
SEP
Grant (Beaumaris, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Excellent service and a comfortable ride"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2016
02
AUG
William (Healesville, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Great way to travel between cities"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2016
24
JUL
Lorraine (Fremantle, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Efficient service"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

You need to find your seats quickly if you are traveling with luggage as there aren't that many areas for luggage storage for large suitcases. The seats were quite hard, not as comfortable as the seats from Gothenburg to Copenhagen. It was an experience when the train boarded the ferry.
2016
22
JUL
David (Sydney, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Trains the way to go"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

We used the ice trains several times through Europe during our holiday and we did not gave 1 bad journey. The train was always on or close to time and it was great to see the speed you were getting up to. The only downside was luggage storage. Make sure you get on 1st cos there isn't a lot of space to store large suitcases. On one of the trains I had to lift my 15kg suitcase over my head to store it in the carry bag storage as there was no where else.
2016
01
JUL
Maurice (Morton)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"great way to travel europe"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2016
12
JUN
Suzanne (Sunshine Coast MC, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Very efficient and operated according to the timetable. Comfortable seats and good wifi access."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

The trains are very clean and the seats are comfortable with plenty of leg room. The only negative is the inadequacy of storage space for suitcases which does not require lifting them above your head onto a rack.
2016
07
JUN
Thomas (Bendigo, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"A great rail experience"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2016
20
MAR
Glenn (Baulkham Hills, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Cheap, simple and clean."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2015
11
NOV
Nancy (Rothwell, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"The ice train was cancelled for service and we were put onto a regional substitute that was inadequate and inferior! "

Value for money: 1/5
Ease of use: 1/5
Comfort: 1/5
Efficiency: 1/5
Cleanliness: 1/5

The ice train was cancelled for service and we were put onto a regional substitute that was inadequate and inferior! We were not informed of this even after checking in at the train station an hour ahead of travel, when we told them we were booked into seats and first class we were told no problem we have seats in the first car for you. There was no bistro car, the bathroom was disgusting and smelly. I have travelled on many modes of transport that were just standard tickets in different places, but when YOU PAY FOR FIRST CLASS travel, You kind of expect better!!! Not only was the train inferior, but we made an unscheduled detour and stop in a town called Buchen to drop off some train workers and this put the train more than 40minutes behind schedule...The only saving grace was the ferry from Rodby to Puttgarden, an experience worth having and 45 minutes off that train! Seriously want my money back!!!
2014
03
DEC
Elizabeth (Berri, SA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Good way to get around Europe "

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2014
30
AUG
Paul (Berowra Heights, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Easy to use for travelling around europe"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2014
28
AUG
Mr John May (Northmead, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Overall a comfortable ,pleasant,scenic experience."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 3/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

A problem was experienced in 1st Class on the Ice Train 126 from Koeln to Amsterdam Central Station. The problem was caused by people with no reservation occupying the reserved seats. This created a big movement of people and luggage in the coach . After this experience, I think 1st Class should require a reservation.
2014
04
AUG
Peter (Keperra, Brisbane, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Terrific trip"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

We found the ICE train very comfortable and had a bonus ferry trip which we did not expect. All arrangements went very smoothly and the staff were excellent. Our only complaint would be lack of room for luggage. Our only option was to haul our two heavy suitcases onto overhead racks. We also did not enjoy facing backwards for the duration of our rail journey. We did not appreciate late platform change and our lack of local language made it difficult - an English announcement would have been extremely useful.
2014
02
JUL
Christine (Keilor East, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"excellant"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2014
29
JUN
Malcolm (Abbotsford, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Fabulous trip, easy to use, clean and comfortable."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2014
28
JUN
Peter (HALL, ACT)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Comfortable train and booking functioned well"

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2014
28
JUN
Peter (HALL, ACT)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Comfortable and on time"

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2014
25
JUN
Toni (Byron Bay, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Very effecient & easy to use. "

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

Sometimes hard to work out which train you need to catch if you don't know the final destination. Once I worked this out it was easier.
2014
14
JUN
David (Palmerston, ACT)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"ICE is a fast clean means of covering long distances easily and economically."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

The train staff were always helpful and generally spoke sufficient English to assist in making the trip comfortable. The restaurant car was clean and had a good selection of food for a long trip. Seats were always clean and comfortable.
2014
11
JUN
Het (Templestowe Lower, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Really handy to cover long distances."

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 3/5

2014
30
MAY
Julianne (Eleebana, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"very comfortable & fast"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

ICE from Koln to Amsterdam had no waiter service in first class. All other ICE trains did.
2014
27
MAY
SKI (Mayfield, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"excellent product."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

My only complaint is that I reserved seats on a trip from Ulm to Frankfurt except the train did not stop at Frankfurt but stopped at Frankfurt Airport without any warning.
2014
25
MAY
Jens (Lower Mitcham, SA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Enjoyed the fast trip."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

The only complaint was that the WiFi did not work on our train from Berlin to Hamburg, otherwise no problems.
2014
16
MAY
Gregory (Boondall, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"As usual, it was great travelling on the ICE trains! "

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2014
04
MAY
Sandra (Tanunda, SA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Excellent"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

This train was easy to book online and the service was exceptional. We had use of the lounges at the station and the comfort that entails. It was a little difficult knowing what to do with our large suitcases but no one seemed to mind where we put them. We travelled without the use of the internet but we were informed it was coming in December - we will just have to come back!
2014
01
MAY
ELIZABETH (MANLY VALE, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Good leg room and storage at your seat for suitcases"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2014
13
JAN
Stephen (South Perth, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Easy and efficient way to get around"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 3/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

I was there for the Christmas / New Years Eve period and this was still the easiest way to get around. Efficient and comfortable ( and I'm 6'7" so that's important), this was a great way to get around and meet some people along the way. I would recommend the service to anyone
2013
03
DEC
Victor (Canberra, ACT)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"German efficency"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

Great 1st class service at your seat and delivered to your seat with a smile
2013
18
OCT
Michael (West Melbourne, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Almost as quick as the plane and a much better view!"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2013
19
SEP
Anthony (Nunawading, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"German trains so efficient and comfortable"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2013
17
SEP
Michael (Rosanna, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Through missed connection, my reserved seats no longer counted so had to stand three quarters of way, Koln to Berlin"

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 1/5
Efficiency: 3/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

As well as my having to stand most of the way, my wife also had to stand for about a quarter of the time. The journey completion time to Berlin was indicated as 4 hrs 21 min. Allowing one hour for missed connection we should have arrived Berlin 17h09. Actual arrival time was 18H30 approximately. Apparently an error on our ticket reservation. Allowing for all that the journey would have been fine in all respects. Next time I won't risk a half hour connection gap.
2013
15
SEP
Meredith (Tuggerah, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Fast and efficient, always on time. Very reliable & comfortable."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2013
13
SEP
Margaret (North Fitzroy, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"A great way to see the countryside."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

It was good to arrive in Germany after a long flight from Australia and know that a reservation on an ICE train was there to take us to Vienna in comfort.
2013
18
AUG
Edward (Queanbeyan, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"They worked well most of the time"

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 2/5

PROBLEM - Train from Hamburg to Cologne replace by another train, great confusion at station, reserved seating on replacement train not available, reservation refund available but difficult to collect (form supplied in German, no help offered to complete it), the same problem occurred on train from Mainz to Wurzburg - PLUS's - ticketing machines on German railway stations excellent in providing train info.
2013
16
AUG
Peter (Keilor Park, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"ICE trains were generally pretty good but were prone to break-down!!"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 3/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

The train from Prague to Berlin took more than two hours longer due to the locomotive running badly and needing to be replaced resulting in considerable delay. The train also left two carriages in the main station at Prague resulting in severe over-crowding further down the line as new passengers joined the train.
2013
21
JUL
James (Eastwood, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"We were caught out by an unknown bus leg, I did not realise that the Eurail includes bus legs on a train ticket ?"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 3/5
Cleanliness: 3/5

2013
04
JUL
James (Busselton, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"not as good as TGV"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 3/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 3/5

did not like ICE because (a)difficult to stow large luggage.(b)no free food or drink in 1st class(c) reserved train cancelled without notification leaving passengers to make own arrangements
2013
03
JUL
Stephen (Roseville, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"The best high speed trains in Europe"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

ICE trains are a good way to get around, plenty of space for luggage, comfortable seating and pleasant decor, a significant step above the competitors
2013
02
JUL
David (Mosman, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Excellent"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2013
27
JUN
Amy (Melbourne, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Great when not overcrowded!"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 3/5

2013
22
MAY
Diane (EPPING, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Fabtastic travelling on ICE trians and very easy with the rail pass for GErmany"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

The ICE trains are usually very prompt, clean and comfortable. The Bistro is good. All in all I prefer these trains over all the others.
2013
26
APR
Roger (Watanobbi, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"All European trains we went on were excellent"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2013
19
APR
Adam (Wollstonecraft, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Very easy journey"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2013
02
APR
Carling (South Geelong, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Very comfortable"

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2013
15
FEB
Jesse (Hawthorn East, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Always on time. Clean Trains & Great Service."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2013
11
JAN
Anita (Albert Park, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"The only way to travel"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

Have caught ICE trains over the last several years. We purchase first class passes and have always had good trips. Clean, comfortable and very relaxing with good refreshements. Much better than driving in Europe we find and far, far better than flying between major cities.
2012
20
DEC
Brenton (Mullaloo, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Brand new train! Wonderful!"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2012
02
NOV
Glenda (ST CLAIR, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Comfortable journey but scenery in Germany was not what was expected."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2012
06
OCT
John (North Balwyn, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Bit of a disappointment overall"

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 1/5
Comfort: 2/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 3/5

Poor ease of use relates to the difficulties of loading and getting around baggage in aisles. It would help if there were more luggage space. It would also be better if at each door it indicated which seat numbers are best accessed from that end of the carriage. Thalys does it better. I object to being allocated to seats facing rearwards on long distance rail. One of the joys of rail travel is being able to see the approaching scenery. Reversible seats would add to the attraction. WC cleanliness was an issue.
2012
26
SEP
Julie (North Haven, SA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Ice Train is very easy to use!"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

We have just returned from travelling through Europe for 4 weeks using trains. We booked point to point tickets through Rail plus. All train trips went on time and was very easy to use. We went second class as the longest we were on a train was 3 hours. We found 2nd class fine.
2012
26
SEP
Roy (Garden Island, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Great alternative to planes"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2012
10
SEP
Peter (Saint Clair, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Fabulous train ride all legs of our journeys through Germany and Denmark."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2012
08
SEP
Andre (Gatton, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"European railways are a great way to travel"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2012
18
AUG
Susan (Mount Gravatt, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"We had a good experience but compartment Was not roomy. "

Value for money: 1/5
Ease of use: 3/5
Comfort: 2/5
Efficiency: 1/5
Cleanliness: 1/5

2012
14
AUG
David (Hillarys, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"We loved the experience. A great way to see Europe."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2012
31
JUL
Brian (Dolans Bay, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"ICE trains Fast, Clean and Comfortable Great!"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2012
29
JUL
Lindsay (Madora Bay, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Very nice train comfortable and value for money"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

Very nice train will certainly look at this easy transport next time I go to Europe. No hassles whatsoever.
2012
21
JUL
robert (frankston, VIC)
Recommend: Dont recommend
Overall rating:

"German efficiency a lot to be desired"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 2/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 1/5
Cleanliness: 3/5

On leaving Copenhagen train was altered to another platform at last moment. No announcements in English so we had to rush up an escalator, down another escalator and along platform to 1st class carriage with luggage in tow. On entering 1st class carriage for which we had paid reservations there were passengers who should not have been in 1st class and they just sat anywhere. Conductor was great and sorted it out fairly soon after the train left but it was not a good situation.
2012
16
JUL
Justin (Pakenham, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Great trains to travel on"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2012
14
JUL
David (Point Clare, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Easy as!"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 3/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

Very easy way to travel on the trains, just remember to fill in the details and not detach anything until you are finished. Although, oddly enough the German trains were all late or delayed :(. Try to take care of the pass, as the cover tears easily. A protective case would be handy. Oh and the extra money for first class is worth it. Always spare seats available without booking, and room for luggage to travel with you.
2012
10
JUL
Anonymous (Melbourne, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Excellent, however a reduced service in 1st class when travelling on a Sunday."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 3/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 3/5

2012
06
JUL
Gary (Cheltenham, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"A great way to travel. Far better then bus or air."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2012
13
JUN
Mrs (Canberra, ACT)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Ran on time and was comfortable - only a short trip."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2012
10
JUN
Susan (Dee Why, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"ICE trains are impressively fats, efficient and comfortable."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2012
22
MAY
Paul (Moonee Ponds, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Fast,clean easy way to move through Europe with a great view. Also in most cases brings you directly into the heart of each tourist city. No baggage check in. No airport shuttles etc."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

Travelled in mainland Europe as a couple during May 2012. Pre purchased Eurail passes for 5 country travel. As our itinery was very tight and busy we took the precaution of pre booking many sector seat reservations (1st class) with Railplus Australia. At the time the reservation fees seemed very expensive. In almost every case unfotunately the reservations were NOT necesary as the 1st class carriages were rarely full. On ICE trains, reservations are not ever compulsory (except night services). However on Thalys, TGV , Eurostar and some other special trains etc the reservations are compulsory regardless of how full the cars are. We found that when time permits the in-country reservaton fees were much cheaper than booking from Australia. OF course if it is PEAK time in mid summer travel you will always take the chance that there is No seat available at all.. although you can always also travel 2nd class on a first class ticket which would not be the end of the world. In summary if we had our time over again knowing now what we didnt know then I would've saved the seat reservation fees (apprx $200) and just either turned up for each train or made a day before booking in each country upon arrival. Undertand this advice is based on us travelling somewhat off-peak. FYC
2012
15
MAY
Mark (Kurunjang, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Efficiency, Service, Fantastic"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2012
12
MAY
David (Wallsend, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"very nice"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

no wifi
2012
03
APR
Mr Barton Porter (Baulkham Hills BC, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Relaxing"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

Efficient, comfortabel, convenient
2012
13
MAR
peter (Newport, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"An exceptionally pleasant and efficient way to travel"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2012
06
FEB
Belinda (Karalee, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Don't book in winter"

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 1/5
Comfort: 1/5
Efficiency: 1/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

Unfortunetly I was one of the unlucky ones who had my train cancelled in amsterdam in feb 2012. The staff had no idea what to do and it took over 15 hours to even get out of the country. once I was actually on the ICE train in Duesseldorf it was fine and the staff were helpful but there was no one on the ground in amsterdam that could help at all
2011
19
DEC
Graham (Malaga, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"I prefer train travel over flying within Germany - ICE 1st class is the way to go."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 4/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

Major cities are supported by the ICE train system in Germany. Allow about 2 hours between your flight schedule and your train connection as planes can be delay for numerous reasons and trains in Germany run on time. It's no big deal if you do miss your train - you just catch a later one. At some sectors between Frankfurt and Hanover the speed was indicated at over 275 km/hr. The first class carriages are warm and tend to be quiet compared to 2nd class. I can recommend the experience and look forward to this sector of my journey when traveling on business throughout Germany.
2011
10
OCT
Lesley (Croydon, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Comfortable to travel in but no luggage space."

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 3/5
Comfort: 3/5
Efficiency: 3/5
Cleanliness: 3/5

2011
02
OCT
Craig (Kingsford, NSW)
Recommend: Dont recommend
Overall rating:

"The ICE train is always late and continually causes one to miss their connections."

Value for money: 1/5
Ease of use: 1/5
Comfort: 1/5
Efficiency: 1/5
Cleanliness: 2/5

The coach diagram on the platform for the ICE train is never correct and the time of departure is merely a guide ... they are constantly late.
2011
16
SEP
Heather (Cockatoo, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Comfortable & stress free way to cross Europe."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

Value for money & economy of time handling. Goes straight to airport so no meesy, time consuming rush associated with airports. Much more comfortable than an airbus, quicker & smoother than a bus. Way to travel!
2011
09
SEP
Carol (Norwood, SA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Good experience generally - disappointed to travel backwards "

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 3/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

Moderator: "The International Reservations system does not have the facility to select what seat you wish to sit in. Therefore, we are unable to request a specific seat number or forward facing seats."

2011
28
AUG
Rod (Woonona, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Great way to travel between cities in Germany, relaxing, comfortable and scenic"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2011
22
JUL
Daryl (Camberwell, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Excellent service, very efficient and very clean."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2011
21
JUL
Matthew (Eastwood, SA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Only way to travel in Europe"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2011
12
JUL
Douglas (GISBORNE, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Fantastic, loved it."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2011
02
JUL
Jan (Bull Creek, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Puctual, fast, fun, what an experience."

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

Loved it, scenery was spectacular, why would you fly and miss all this. keep your luggage with you or at least very close by, no lengthy check in lines, you are onboard seated and moving in less than half an hour, just brilliant.
2011
27
JUN
Beverley (Grafton NSW, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"No complaints"

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 3/5
Comfort: 3/5
Efficiency: 3/5
Cleanliness: 3/5

Whilst the train was very satisfactory we thought the staff could have been more helpful particularly as we had a connection to make at Coln and the train was running 8 minutes we asked the attendant for advice and were informed that we would be "informed" which didn't happen we had no idea which platform the train would arrive in on or how far it was to the platform for our connection. No help was offered.
2011
21
JUN
Jeanette (Mosman, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"VERY EFFICENT,"

Value for money: 3/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

2011
14
JUN
William (Brisbane, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"ICE is nice without the spice of hassles."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 4/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

My ICE experiences were all enjoyable, effort-free, on-time, user-friendly and made my touring in France, Germany and the Czech Republic very relaxing.
2011
22
MAY
Stephen and Sarah (Kallaroo, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"A good way to see the countryside of Germany"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

A fast way to travel across Germany and get to see the countryside, did find the toilets on the train were a bit smelly especially during the longer journeys.
2011
27
JAN
Gaston (East Melbourne, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Excellent service, highly recommended"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

2010
11
OCT
Patricia (Sydney, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Excellent in every way on 'ICE'!"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Cleanliness: 5/5

Everything about the train is designed for ease of use as in the washroom and areas for disposing rubbish. The best facilities I have seen .. The airlines should learn something of the simplicity of use in bathrooms.
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