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Night trains

 

Night trains carry you over long distances while you sleep. For instance, board the EuroNight train in Munich in the early evening and wake up in Budapest the next morning, ready to explore!

List of Night trains in Europe

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Berlin Night Express

(Sweden - Germany)

 

The Berlin Night Express is the only direct train connecting Germany and Sweden, the journey takes around 10 hours. 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. 

 

More info about Berlin Night Express night train

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EN Czech Republic-Poland night train

(Czech Republic - Poland)

 

The EuroNight Czech Republic-Poland connects Prague and other big Czech cities with Krakow and Warsaw in Poland. These great countries have plenty to offer when it comes to culture, food and of course history. 

 

 

More info about EN Czech Republic-Poland night train

 

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EuroNight Ister

(Hungary - Romania)

 

Travel by night from Budapest to Bucharest in approximately 17 hours. During this long train journey you will pass many cities in Hungary and Romania, but also great nature.

 

 

More info about EuroNight Ister

 

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EuroNight Lisinski

(Austria - Croatia - Slovenia)

 

With the EuroNight Lisinski you travel from Zagreb to Munich in less than 9 hours, all while you're asleep! Discover the beautiful islands and beaches of Croatia or have some delicious German beers in Munich. Sounds great, right?

 

 

More info about EuroNight Lisinski

 

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EuroNight Kálmán Imre

(Hungary - Austria - Germany - Switzerland)

 

Travel by night from Munich or Zürich to Budapest in just over 9 hours. The train also stops in Vienna and Salzburg.

 

 

More info about EuroNight Kálmán Imre

 

 

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Hellas Express

(Greece - Macedonia - Serbia)

 

Travel from Belgrade to Skopje and on to Thessaloniki in less than 16 hours.

 

Please note that the Hellas Express is temporary disrupted at this time. You travel part of the route by bus.

 

More info about Hellas Express night train

 

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Intercités de Nuit

(France)

 

The Intercités de Nuit is a domestic night train network, connecting many cities all over France. From north to south, east to west, you can get anywhere comfortably. 

 

 

More info about Intercités de Nuit night train

 

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ÖBB Nightjet

(Italy - Austria - Germany - Switzerland)

 

The ÖBB Nightjet trains connect many cities in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. You can travel comfortably by night and arrive well rested in the heart of a new city. Popular destinations include Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Florence, Milan and Rome.

 

More info about ÖBB Nightjet night train

 

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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.

 

More info about Santa Claus Express night train

 

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SJ

(Norway - Sweden)

 

SJ night trains give travellers 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.

 

More info about SJ night train

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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.

 

More info about Snälltåget night train

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Sofia-Istanbul Express

(Bulgaria - Turkey)

 

The Istanbul-Sofia Express takes you from the Bulgarian capital Sofia to Istanbul in Turkey. Discover part of the route of the famous Orient Express and wake up in magnificent Istanbul, an exotic jewel on the border of Europe and Asia.

 

More info about Sofia-Istanbul Express night train

 

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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 beautiful Marseille and Milan with the Thello day train. There's an option that fits everyone's schedule.

 

More info about Thello night and day train

 

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Trenhotel domestic night train

(Spain)

 

Want to discover more of Spain? The domestic Trenhotel night train connects many of Spain's biggest cities, including Barcelona and Madrid. The train is known for its luxury so you'll travel comfortably to you next Spanish destination. Vamos!

 

More info about Trenhotel domestic night train

 

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Trenhotel international night train

(Spain - Portugal - France)

 

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

 

More info about Trenhotel international night train

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Go-Ahead Norge night train

(Oslo - Stavanger)

 

This regional night train goes between Oslo and Stavanger and includes both bigger and smaller towns on the way. 

Reservations for night trains

Reservations are compulsory for all night trains. Depending on the train, you can make these reservations online, by phone or at the train station. A reservation guarantees you a seat or a bed on the train. 

Night trains have several 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 Interrail Pass and passport to the train staff. Don't worry, you will get them back in the morning!

How many travel days do you use for a night train?

When travelling on a night train, you only have to write down the day of departure. For example, if you travel on a night train from 9 to 10 August, you only write down 9 August.

 

On the day of departure of the night train, you can take as many trains as you want; it's on the same day after all. If you take another train after the night train has arrived, you'll have to use a new travel day.

If you have a need for speed, or want to take it slow, we've got you covered.

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