ICE T: King of the curve

The ICE T uses special tilting technology

The ICE T entered service in 1999. It was designed with special technology that allowed the vehicle body to tilt onto its side in curves like a motorbike. The ICE T is available in two versions as a five and seven-unit train, which can be coupled together and run as a double train. The five-unit class 415 variant includes a bistro car, while the seven-unit class 411 also has a dining area. Each end of the ICE T has a special compartment, separated from the driver by a glass wall, that offers the opportunity to look over the driver's shoulder.

A modernisation programme for the ICE T fleet was launched in December 2013. In addition to a new external coat of paint and new carpets, the ICE T trains were some of the first in Germany to be equipped with the Europe-wide train control system ETCS (European Train Control System). This means that the ICE T fleet can be used on the newly built Halle/Leipzig - Erfurt high-speed line, for example, which saves up to 50 minutes of travel time. The ICE T also runs to Austria, enabling direct services between Frankfurt and Vienna, for example.

Facts, figures and data


Class 411 - first series

Class 411- second series

Class 415

Start of operations




Number of trains




Number of carriages

5 intermediate cars, 2 end cars

5 intermediate cars, 2 end cars

3 intermediate cars, 2 end cars

Number of seats




Train length

185 m

185 m

133 m

Train weight (empty)

386 t

386 t

273 t

Maximum speed

230 km/h

230 km/h

230 km/h