If you’re after DB Bahn First Class tickets, look no further. At Trainline, we’ll show you what exactly is on offer, from luxurious seats to at-seat meal service and much more. Don’t be put off by the thought of paying more than you would in Standard either, as there are ways to find cheap DB First Class train tickets too! Read on for a complete guide to travelling First Class with Deutsche Bahn.

What do you get in First Class on DB trains?

Whether you’re heading to Berlin, Munich or Cologne, if you want to travel there in style, DB Bahn First Class is the one for you. To simplify the two classes Deutsche Bahn offer on their trains, we’ve broken down the amenities that each one offers.

DB train First Class vs Second Class


First ClassSecond Class
Luggage storage
Extra comfort seatsX
Power sockets
Seat reservationX
At-seat mealsX
Unlimited free WiFiX
Quieter spaces/carriagesX
Free daily newspapersX
Access to First Class loungesX


Find out more about First v Second Class on European trains.

DB Train First Class food


Enjoy at-seat dining in First Class on DB trains for an extra cost. You'll get to choose from a wide range of local dishes, as well as beer and wine, meaning you can arrive at your destination full of energy and ready to go.

DB Bahn First Class lounges

Deutsche Bahn have a number of First Class lounges in Germany where you can relax before and after your train journey with a First Class ticket. Use these modern, comfortable spaces for work, enjoying a hot drink or just chilling out, with TVs, WiFi and phone charges available in all.

DB First Class lounges can be found at the following stations:

DB Bahn First Class seating plan

You’ll normally find two or three First Class carriages on DB trains. The seats are more spaced out in First Class than in Standard Class, although they follow the same arrangement on either sitting at a table of four or two seats next to each other. The extra option in First Class are single seats with their own table, perfect for solo travellers who want their own space, or single seats facing each other, as an additional option for two people travelling together.

Popular DB Train First Class routes

Check out our guides to travelling First Class on some of DB's most popular routes.

Berlin to Munich

Departs from

Berlin Hbf

Arrives into

Munich Hbf

Fastest time

3h 5m

First Class lounge

Berlin and Munich


Find out more about travelling from Berlin to Munich by train.

Frankfurt to Cologne

Departs from

Frankfurt Main Hbf

Arrives into

Cologne Hbf

Fastest time

1h 4m

First Class lounge

Frankfurt and Cologne


Find out more about taking the train from Frankfurt to Cologne.

Hamburg to Berlin

Departs from

Hamburg Hbf

Arrives into

Berlin Hbf

Fastest time

1h 43m

First Class lounge

Hamburg and Berlin


Learn more about travelling by train from Hamburg to Berlin.

How to get cheap DB Bahn First Class tickets

There are different ways you can get cheap DB Bahn First Class tickets without having to pay over the odds. Our top tips for saving money on First Class train tickets are:

Buy in advance

DB tickets (and train tickets in Europe in general) are usually at their cheapest price when they first go on sale, normally around three to six months before the date of travel.

Travel Off-Peak

Train tickets tend to be more expensive during rush hour (mornings and early evenings Monday to Friday). If you can, be sure to look for tickets outside of these times to see if you can snap up a lower price.

Look out for train deals

There’s a wide range of train deals and discounts in Europe that can help you save money on your journey. Deals can vary based on the country and train company, but if you’re travelling with children, in a group, or fall into a certain age category, you can benefit from discounted ticket prices.

Good to know (FAQs)

What is included in DB's First Class?

As well as more spacious and comfortable seating, First Class tickets on DB trains include lounge access at the station (where available), unlimited free WiFi and an at-seat dining service during your journey.

Are food and drinks included when you travel First Class with Deutsche Bahn?

Food and drinks are not included in First Class on board Deutsche Bahn trains. However, you'll get complimentary snacks and drinks at DB First Class lounges.

Do I get access to DB's First Class lounge?

You can use DB's First Class lounge if you hold a valid First Class train ticket and there’s a lounge available at either your departure or arrival station.

Find out more about Deutsche Bahn and train travel in Europe

So, now you know all about what Deutsche Bahn's First Class has to offer. Whether you’re ready to book or want to find out more about train travel in Europe, we’re here to help.

Start a search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or check out some of our guides to travelling with Deutsche Bahn, where they can take you, and train travel around Europe in general.

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