Sameday Rail

When every second counts: urgent deliveries by rail courier!

Do you have important documents, urgent spare parts or other time-critical shipments up to 20 kg that have to reach their recipient today? Benefit from reliable transport by rail – throughout Germany by train (ICE Intercity Express, IC Intercity or EC Eurocity)! ic:kurier is the flexible and fast rail courier service for same-day shipment transports.

From station to station or including pick-up at your location and delivery directly to the recipient: we deliver quickly and reliably. International transports via IC courier service are also possible from/to Paris, Vienna, Basel, and Amsterdam.

Key features of Sameday Rail

Environmentally friendly & fast


Shipping with ic:kurier within a few hours including pickup and delivery


All trains run on green electricity.


Rail courier is the cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to direct shipping

Sameday Rail benefits

Sameday Rail is fast and reliable

  • Consignment transports within a few hours in long-distance trains of Deutsche Bahn
  • Late acceptance and early availability: 20 minutes before departure/after arrival on average
  • Reliable transport independent of road traffic
  • No consolidation with other shipments
  • Online tracking and proactive status information
  • Transparent real-time shipment tracking to detect and resolve any incidents as early as possible


  • Loading on all ICE, IC and EC, on request incl. pick-up, delivery and customs clearance
  • Over 100 stations in Germany as well as Amsterdam, Basel, Paris and Vienna
  • Over 200 courier partners for pick-ups and deliveries


  • 24/7 availability of our logistics experts
  • Booking online, via our customer service or directly at the long-distance station

Sameday Rail transports

  • Weight: 20kg per shipment
    Dimensions: length 1m, belt dimension 2m
  • Restrictions: no dangerous goods (DGR)
  • Transport of biological samples – category B (UN 3373), lithium ion batteries, lithium metal batteries as well as dry ice possible

The ic:kurier service delivers

Your customer urgently needs an important spare part and transport by direct courier or taxi is too expensive? For the transport of parcels in Germany, time:matters exclusively uses the fast ICE, IC and EC trains. Since an ICE train does not experience traffic jams, this type of rail transport is fast and also environmentally friendly.

Thanks to constant shipment monitoring, we can always actively inform you about the progress of your shipment and react quickly in the event of unexpected incidents. No matter what you want to send: With the ic:kurier service, we also solve your individual logistic challenge. Simply send documents, spare parts, biological samples or forgotten keys, musical instruments and laptop bags by rail.

Fast train courier services

Exclusively for you

time:matters offers you the rail courier service in exclusive cooperation with Deutsche Bahn. You can send your urgent shipment easily, inexpensively and as fast as lightning. And you can do so several times a day, depending on the route and timetable, via the rail network of the Deutsche Bahn. The ic:kurier network serves more than 100 railway stations in Germany, whether from Berlin to Hamburg or from Leipzig to Munich.

Would you like a particularly fast and convenient all-round service? We will gladly pick up your shipment directly from your door. Our courier partners will then take care of the delivery to the recipient. Alternatively, you can bring your shipment to the departure station yourself up to 20 minutes before departure. As a rule, the consignment is ready for collection by the recipient as early as 20 minutes after the train arrives at the destination station.


What is the ic:kurier?

ic:kurier is an exclusive service of time:matters in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn. Your shipment will be transported by DB long-distance trains and is thus a particularly environmentally friendly alternative to direct travel by car or truck.

How quickly can I book an ic:kurier?

You can conveniently enter your transport request and your individual time window online and see directly which transport options are available. Select the appropriate train connection and decide whether you want to bring the delivery to the train station yourself or book a courier service for pick-up and delivery.

What is the maximum weight that can be transported with ic:kurier?

The maximum weight of a shipment via ic:kurier is 20 kg. The dimensions of the shipment must not exceed 1m in length or 2m in girth.

How do I calculate the girth of the shipment?

The girth for ic:kurier shipments is calculated as follows: 1x longest side + 2x width + 2x height <= 200cm.

Which locations are covered by ic:kurier?

With ic:kurier shipments can be sent via ICE, IC or EC to more than 100 stations throughout Germany. International shipments are possible via IC from/to Paris, Vienna, Basel and Amsterdam.