Night trains

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

 

Allegro Tosca

(Austria - Italy)

The Allegro Tosca is a EuroNight train which makes a 750 mile (1,200 km) journey between Vienna (Austria) and Rome (Italy). Departing from Vienna in Austria this service travels via Villach and then onto the Italian cities of Venice and Florence before arriving in Rome. 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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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 - Denmark - France - Germany - Italy - Switzerland)

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, France, 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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Intercités de Nuit night train

(France - Luxembourg)

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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Lusitania

(Spain - Portugal)

The Lusitania night train which runs daily from Madrid to Lisbon is one of the most luxurious night trains in Europe. This night train has deluxe accommodation, a bar and an à la carte restaurant – offering a travel experience that is hard to beat. Enjoy all the comforts of a hotel combined with a direct night-train service and awake 11 hours later ready to explore what the city has to offer.


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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 May 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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Sud Expresso

(Portugal - Spain - France)

The Sud Expresso night train is a historical train, connecting Portugal's capital Lisbon with the south of France. Travel in the luxurious sleeping compartments of this hotel on rails and wake up the next morning in the seaside town of Hendaye.


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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.


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Toscana Mare

(Austria - Italy)

The Toscana Mare night train is one of the many EuroNight trains that operate between Austria and Italy. This train travels from the Austrian capital city of Vienna (Wien) direct to the port city of Livorno on the Tuscan coast of Italy in under 13 hours. From the port of Livorno you can hop on the discounted Grimaldi Lines ferry to Barcelona in Spain; or continue your journey along Italy's spectacular coastline.


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Reservations for night trains

 

Most night trains operating across Europe are included in the Eurail pass, you only need to pay for a reservation for your desired sleeping accommodation. This reservation is almost always mandatory, meaning you cannot board the train without first reserving your place.

The cost of the reservation will depend on the type of sleeping accommodation you choose. In most cases there will be a choice of single or double sleeping compartments as well as 3, 4 or 6 bed couchettes and in some cases a reclining seat option.

It is recommended to plan and book your night train journey in advance. This way you will have full choice of all the sleeping options available.

Passing border control at night

On certain night trains, train staff will ask you to hand over your Eurail pass and passport at the start of your journey. Don't worry you'll get them back in the morning before you leave the train. This way train staff won't have to wake you up during the night at the border control when you enter another country, allowing you to get a good night’s rest before exploring your next destination.

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