Deutsche Bahn Invests €2bn in 73 New ICE Trains

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced a 2 billion EUR investment in 73 new ICE trains from Talgo and Siemens Mobility.

This is one of the largest procurement projects in the company’s history, and includes 56 ICE L trains from Talgo and 17 ICE 3neo trains from Siemens Mobility.

ICE trains
With this order, the average age of ICE and Intercity trains will drop from 18 today to 12 by 2030

The new trains will enter service between 2026 and 2030 and will provide level boarding, improved comfort and better Wi-Fi connectivity for passengers.

Michael Peterson, DB Board Member for Long-Distance Passenger Transport said:

“DB will undergo a comprehensive rejuvenation in the coming years. This applies to the rail network as well as to our trains. Already this year we will receive an average of three new ICE trains per month. With an additional two billion euros, we are speeding up the rejuvenation of our train fleet. People want to take the train. With new trains, more comfort and faster connections, we are meeting the boom in demand for environmentally friendly mobility on the rails.”


Deutsche Bahn’s ICE L trains run at speeds of up to 230km/h and operate throughout Germany.

From 2024, this model will also be used on routes between Berlin and Amsterdam.

DB's ICE L train, manufactured by Talgo
DB’s ICE L train, manufactured by Talgo

The multi-system locomotive can provide time-saving benefits for cross-border journeys. In the future, they will consequently also be used for connections to Denmark and Austria.

The ICE 3neo

DB’s ICE 3neo models have been in operation since December 2022.

The ICE 3neo is designed to operate at high speeds
The ICE 3neo are produced by Siemens to operate at high speeds throughout Germany

These trains can travel at a top speed of 300km/h and are primarily used for high-speed connections in Germany, such as between North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Frankfurt and Munich, as well as between Berlin and Munich.

Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digitalisation and Transport said:

“The new trains stand for progress on the rails – fast, digital, barrier-free. They not only create more much-needed capacity, but also increase quality and comfort for passengers.

“In combination with our package of measures to upgrade the network, the rejuvenation of the fleet will ensure one thing above all: more reliability in operation.”

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