Guarantee yourself a comfortable journey - reserve a seat

Starting in December, all 1st class tickets will include a seat reservation

What to expect as of December:
- A seat reservation will be included with every purchase of a 1st class flexible or saver fare ticket
- Changeable: You can easily change your reservation up until shortly before departure

Reserve yourself your own, personal seat for your entire rail journey so that you are sure to depart, travel and arrive relaxed. You have a lot of options to choose from: whether you want a mobile phone or rest area, a large or small compartment, window or corridor - you will find the right seat for any situation. If you want to reserve several seats we will try and find seats that are closer together wherever possible.
Are you traveling with your family? If so, simply book a family seating reservation – and keep everyone together.

Book seat

Book your seat together with your ticket and benefit from the online price advantage!

Seats can be booked up to 3 months before the journey and can be reserved both together with or without a ticket.
Reservations for international trains can be booked up to 2 months before departure.

Single journey, per train + one connection reservation: Prices:
Single reservation
4.50 euros
Family reservation
9 euros
Group reservation 2 euros per person
ICE Sprinter supplement (as of 15 June 2014)
11.50 euros

Before 15 June 2014:
2nd class: 11.50 euros
1st class: 16.50 euros

Please note that your seat reservation is only kept for up to 15 minutes after the train has departed.

Reservations are possible in all long-distance trains. The charge for seat reservations cannot be refunded.

You can obtain the family reservation (up to 5 persons) directly via the online travel information. You can reserve adjoining seats for more than 5 persons or book specific seats for ICE trains at the ticket counter or the DB Travel Service Hotline.

Please contact the Mobility Service Center to reserve specific seats for a disabled person and their companion.

When making an online reservation, your payment data is protected by a secure online connection (SSL) between your PC and our computer. You can use the following credit cards for payment: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa Card. As the holder of a BahnCard you can also pay by direct debit.

Graphic seat display

Do you prefer to sit at the end of a coach right beside the window or do you rather sit in the middle of the coach? Thanks to the graphic seat display your individual seating wishes can now be fulfilled.

During the booking process, click "Show Seats" to view a graphic display of the coach layout, which suggests suitable seats on the basis of the preferences and number of passengers you have stated. Alternatives will be offered if no seats are available which match your requirements. You can also scroll through the individual coaches on the train to choose the seat you would like.

Please note: This fully functional beta version allows you to reserve seats as from now, although the display may still be subject to minor restrictions

The graphic coach layout display is available for approx. 80% of all ICE trains.

It is not yet available for ICE 2 and ICE TD trains, which are still undergoing redesign and modernisation, so that no reliable display is available for these vehicles. The graphic seat display cannot be used to book seats on IC and EC trains for that reason. To date, the direction of travel is shown for roughly half the ICE lines.

The anticipated direction of travel at your departure station is shown for these ICE lines. The system also shows a list of those stations at which the train will change direction. However, as the trains to be deployed are sometimes changed at short notice, this is not possible for all trains.

In some individual cases, the coach display may differ from the actual situation on board the train.

Owing to differences between the individual ICE classes, there may be the following deviations between the display and the actual situation on the train. Potential deviations are clearly highlighted in the display by an exclamation mark

  • A seat may or may not be at a table, contrary to the display
  • The seat may be facing in the opposite direction to the one shown in the display
  • A seat may be located in an open-saloon coach or compartment coach, other than stated in the display
  • Combinations of the above deviations are possible