Planned highspeed service from London to Amsterdam and Frankfurt

New ICE 3 (class 407, photo montage)

Connecting Britain by high speed rail to new destinations in Europe

Deutsche Bahn plans to establish a direct services from London to Frankfurt via Brussels and Cologne as well as to Amsterdam via Rotterdam. Using the latest version of its highspeed flagship Intercity Express (ICE), the direct rail service will reduce the travel time from London to Cologne and Amsterdam to less than four hours and to Frankfurt in just over five. Deutsche Bahn will use the newly build ICE 3 (class 407).

Facts and Figures*

  • Services: Morning, midday and evening
  • Max. speed: 320 kph
  • Vehicle: New ICE 3 (class 407)

* current planning with approximate travel and departure times

Two coupled train sets split in Brussels to Amsterdam and Frankfurt

Travel times from London

  • Brussels: 2:00
  • Amsterdam: 4:00
  • Cologne: 4:00
  • Frankfurt: 5:00
  • Rotterdam: 3:00

Deutsche Bahn already offers ICE connections to six European countries in cooperation with European partner rail companies: Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark.

In cooperation with French national railways SNCF, direct connections from Frankfurt to Marseille via Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Lyon started in March 2012.

Tickets for these services can be purchased on or at the Deutsche Bahn UK Booking Centre at 08718 80 80 66 (Calls cost 8p/min from a BT landline. Calls from other networks or mobiles may vary).