Night trains in Europe

Night train

Night trains offer a comfortable way to travel by night. From reclining seats to private sleeping cabins, there's a travel option for every wish and budget. Save precious travel time by moving from one destination to the next while you sleep.

Most European night trains are included in the Eurail passes. You’ll just need to reserve and pay for your preferred sleeping accommodation type in addition to your pass.

List of night trains in Europe in Europe

 

Berlin Night Express

(Germany - Sweden)

The Berlin Night Express is the only direct train connecting Germany and Sweden. It links the German capital Berlin to Malmö in the southern tip of Sweden. Operating during the summer months this train travels to the port of Sassnitz in the north of Germany from where the entire train is carried across the Baltic Sea by ferry to the Swedish port of Trelleborg. From Trelleborg the train travels onwards to Malmö in less than 10 hours.


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City Night Line

(Austria - the Czech Republic - Italy - Germany - Switzerland - Denmark - France)

City Night Line (CNL) trains make many overnight journeys throughout Germany and its neighboring countries connecting you to numerous captivating and fascinating cities across Europe. Save your days for sightseeing and travel by night on a wide variety of routes that connect Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The great advantage of travelling with CNL trains is not only the amazing variety of routes available and the ease at which you can board the train but also the ability to arrive the following morning in the heart of the city center free from traffic or airport related worries.


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EN Austria-Germany

(Austria - Germany)

The EuroNight Austria-Germany connects Vienna with large cities in Germany like Nuremberg, Cologne and Hamburg. 


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EN Austria-Italy

(Austria - Italy)

The EuroNight Austria-Italy connects Vienna with famous Italian cities like Rome, Milan and Venice. With all the benefits of a EuroNight train and with 4 trains running each night it is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to connect Italy to Austria.


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EN Austria-Switzerland night train

(Austria - Switzerland)

The EuroNight Austria-Switzerland connects Vienna and other Austrian cities with Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland.


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EuroNight Ister

(Romania - Hungary)

Travel by night from Budapest, Hungary to Bucharest, Romania in approximately 17 hours.


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EuroNight Jan Kiepura

(the Netherlands - Poland - Germany)

Travel by night from Cologne to Warsaw, Poland, in just under 14 hours.


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EuroNight Kálmán Imre

(Austria - Germany - Hungary)

Travel by night from Munich, Germany to Budapest, Hungary in just over 9 hours.


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EuroNight Lisinski

(Austria - Croatia - Germany - Slovenia)

Travel by night from Zagreb, Croatia to Munich, Germany in less than 9 hours.


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EuroNight Metropol

(Austria - the Czech Republic - Germany - Slovakia - Hungary)

Travel by night from Berlin, Germany to Budapest, Hungary in just over 14 hours.


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Hellas Express

(Serbia - Greece)

Travel from Belgrade, Serbia to Thessaloniki, Greece in less than 16 hours.


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Intercités de Nuit night train

(Spain - Luxembourg - France)

The Intercités de Nuit is a French night train, connecting Paris to Luxembourg, Strasbourg and the Atlantic and Mediterranean coast. You can fall asleep underneath the Eiffel Tower, and wake up amidst palmtrees on the sunlit Côte d'Azur.


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Santa Claus Express

(Finland)

Travel to the Arctic Circle with this Finnish double-decker night train, known as the Santa Claus Express. Visit Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus, and gaze in wonder at the Northern Lights, shining over a snow-covered wonderland.


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SJ

(Sweden)

SJ night trains give travelers an unparalleled chance to experience all of Sweden, from the rolling green pastures in the south to the Arctic region in the north. Whether you travel in winter or summer, to the main cities or to remote towns, the SJ night train offers a modern and comfortable way to traverse vast distances across Sweden. You can hop onboard in Stockholm, Malmö or Gothenburg and visit remote regions such as the Norwegian coastal town of Narvik which lies inside the Arctic Circle or Kiruna the northernmost city in Sweden.


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Snälltåget

(Sweden)

From December to April the private railway company Snälltåget runs a night train service in Sweden from Malmö to Åre. There is no better way to traverse the long country of Sweden than by night train, where you can travel directly from the southern tip of Sweden (Malmö) and wake up the next morning over 1200km in the ski town of Åre.


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Thello

(Italy - France)

Travel overnight from Paris to northern Italy with the Thello night train. Arrive early in the morning in amazing historical cities such as Milan, Verona and Venice. Or travel by day between Marseille and Milan with the Thello day train.


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Trenhotel domestic night train

(Spain)

The Trenhotel night train is known for its luxury and connects many of Spain's big cities, including Barcelona, Madrid and Granada.


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Trenhotel international night train

(Portugal - Spain - France)

The Trenhotel international night train is known for its great luxury and connects Spain with Portugal and France.


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Reservations for night trains

 

Reservations are mandatory for all night trains. Depending on the train, you can make these reservations online, by phone or through our reservation service. A reservation guarantees you a seat or a bed on the train. 

Night trains have a number of accommodation options, ranging from reclining seats to single cabins with private bathrooms. You will pay a higher reservation fee for the more luxurious options.

 

Read more about reservations or check out the reservation fees for night trains.

 

It is common practice in night trains that you hand over your Eurail pass and passport to the train staff. This way, the staff doesn't have to wake you up at night for border controls. In the morning, the documents will be handed back to you.

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