Learn more about IC Bus and how you can buy cheap bus tickets. Discover where IC buses in Germany can take you, onboard facilities including WiFi access and power sockets. Wherever you're starting your adventure, start it with Trainline.
The IC Bus is a long-distance bus operated by Germany’s main rail operator Deutsche Bahn. It connects cities in Germany and Europe and is a great alternative to taking the train, especially for those travelling on a budget. Deutsche Bahn introduced the IC bus as a complementary offer to its rail routes, booking a combination of train and coach tickets is easily possible when travelling with Deutsche Bahn.
If you want to travel from Germany to neighbouring countries on a budget, IC Bus is a great option. Its network consists of twelve services serving the following routes:
Berlin to Krakow stopping in Wroclaw and Katowice
Berlin to Copenhagen with a stop in Rostock Fährhafen or in Hamburg
Leipzig to Prague offering a direct connection
Hamburg central bus station to Amsterdam Sloterdijk with stops at Oldenburg central bus station, Leer (Ostfriesl.) central bus station and Groningen or in Hannover central bus station and Utrecht.
Mannheim central bus station to Prague with stops at Heidelberg and Nuremberg central bus station.
Munich central bus station to Prague with stops in Munich Airport and Regensburg
Munich central bus station to Zurich direct connection
Munich central bus station to Milan with stops in Memmingen, Chur and Como
Düsseldorf ZOB to Lille with stops in Roermond, Eindhoven, Antwerp and Ghent
Düsseldorf central bus station to Liège with a stop in Maastricht
Tickets for the IC Bus can be purchased at the DB Travel Center at the train station, directly on the bus or online via the Trainline website or app. If a train connection and an IC bus connection are available on a route, both are displayed in the search results on Trainline.
Travel in comfort
Thanks to seat reservations being mandatory on IC buses, you can board the coach hassle-free and without queueing up to get the best seat. Coaches are spacious and equipped with large, comfortable seats and a lot of leg room, the seats can be reclined. All buses are equipped with a toilet. And a vending machine for purchasing snacks and drinks.
IC Buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi and sockets at each seat. Also folding tables are attached to the seats, so using laptops or having space for your lunch isn't a problem.
Deutsche Bahn’s discount cards (BahnCards) can be used just as you would when booking train tickets on routes within Germany. Same as on train tickets, BahnCard holders receive a 25% discount on the flex price of the IC bus tickets..
Reserving a seat on IC Buses is mandatory as each passenger is assigned a seat (seat reservations are included in the ticket price). For tickets such as Interrail, Eurail and German Rail Pass and BahnCard 100, the reservation is subject to a charge and can be made in the DB Travel Center, in the DB Agency, at the ticket vending machine or online.
Two pieces of luggage are allowed per passenger, the dimensions of which may not exceed 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Depending on the size of the baggage items, they are transported in the hold of the bus or upstairs in the passenger room. Foldable prams can be taken if the necessary storage space is available on the bus.
It is not possible to transport pets on any IC Bus. Assistance dogs are allowed but must be registered in advance at the mobility service center, in any DB travel center or in a DB agency.
On some routes, bicycles can be taken on the IC bus. This is possible on the following routes: Berlin - Rostock and Berlin - Hamburg as well as Berlin - Copenhagen. A bicycle ticket and bike space reservation must be booked before departure, this is possible for intra-German connections online and at all Deutsche Bahn ticket sales points, for international connections, this is only possible at the DB ticket counters. A bicycle ticket for routes within Germany costs nine Euros, for international routes the cost is ten Euros.
Children under five travel free with an adult, they only need a seat reservation. If you are travelling with your own children or grandchildren (up to and including 14 years of age), you can take them with you as long as their name is added to your flex price or saver fare ticket. Children travelling alone receive a 50% discount on the price of the flex price or saver fare ticket.