What's it like on an overnight train?
Overnight trains are a great way to travel and make the most of daylight during your vacation. They allow you to spend a full day sightseeing in one city, travel through the night, and wake up refreshed and ready the next day in another city. And you not only save prime time for adventure, but the money you would’ve spent on a hotel.
Many types of onboard accommodations exist on night trains. To make it easy for you to pick the type of that’s right for you, we’ve grouped them in 3 categories based on their level of comfort and amenities: Economy, Comfort and Premier.
Economy (2nd class) - You will find the simplest and most economical types of night accommodations: reclining seats, couchette compartments with 4 to 6 beds, or sleeping compartments with 3 to 4 beds. The difference between a couchette and a sleeping compartment is that a compartment is gender specific, whereas a couchette is a mixed gender accommodation. Couchettes are perfect for the budget-conscious and are offered for 4-6 travelers. These cabins have two sets of 2 or 3 beds; bunk bed style. If your traveling party does not fill the couchette, other travelers of mixed gender can be reserved in the same couchette compartment. The doors to a couchette cannot be locked and toilet facilities are located at the end of the car.
Comfort (1st class) - You’ll find single or double sleeping compartments. Double sleeping compartments are gender specific, unless the traveling party fills the compartment. Read our dedicated article to learn more about how the gender requirements of a compartment may affect you. These compartments have upper and lower beds and a washbasin. And they can be locked, offering complete privacy. Breakfast is included in these compartments on select overnight trains. Toilet facilities are located at the end of the car.
Premier (1st class) - These accommodations can include single or double sleeping compartments, and on a few select routes, triple sleeping compartments. Double and Triple sleeping compartments are gender specific, unless the traveling party fills the compartment. Read our dedicated article to learn more about how the gender requirements of a compartment may affect you. These compartments have upper and lower beds, and private shower and toilet facilities. Perfect for couples traveling together, these compartments can also be locked for complete privacy. Breakfast is included in these compartments, and on some routes dinner as well. The service offered onboard will vary according to the train and route, so make sure you read through the details of each accommodation when you review the schedules and fare options available for your route. You can do so by selecting a fare and clicking on the “more info” link below the short accommodation description.
Here is a list of European overnight trains. Click on any of these links for detailed information about them.
- City Night Line (Berlin to Munich, Paris to Berlin, Berlin to Zurich, Amsterdam to Copenhagen, Munich to Copenhagen, Munich to Rome, Amsterdam to Zurich)
- Intercites Night (Paris to Biarritz, Toulouse to Paris, Paris to Ventimiglia)
- Thello (Paris to Venice, Paris to Milan)
- Trenitalia International Night (Rome to Vienna, Vienna to Venice)
- France - Russia (Paris to Moscow, Nice to Moscow)
- Scandinavian Night Train (Stockholm to Malmo, Stockholm to Narvik)
- Spanish Night Trains (Barcelona to Madrid, Madrid to Lisbon, Barcelona to Granada)