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!

Night trains in Europe
The 7 p.m. rule
Reservations for night trains

List of Night trains in Europe

Berlin Night Express train
Berlin Night Express train

Berlin Night Express

(Sweden - Germany)

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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Image of traditional rooftops of buildings in the Warsaw skyline with a hazy yellow sky

EN Czech Republic-Poland night train

(Czech Republic - Poland)

The EuroNight Czech Republic-Poland connects Prague and other Czech cities with Krakow and Warsaw in Poland.

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Budapest at night
Budapest at night

EuroNight Ister

(Hungary - Romania)

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

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Budapest lights
Budapest lights

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.

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EuroNight Lisinski
EuroNight Lisinski

EuroNight Lisinski

(Austria - Croatia - Slovenia)

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

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Reichstag Berlin
Reichstag Berlin

EuroNight Metropol

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

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

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St. Sava in Belgrade
St. Sava in Belgrade

Hellas Express

(Greece - Macedonia - Serbia)

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

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Intercités de Nuit in the station
Intercités de Nuit in the station

Intercités de Nuit

(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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The ÖBB Nightjet train

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.

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Finnish double-decker night train
Finnish double-decker night train

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 night train in winter
SJ night train in winter

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.

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Veolia night train
Veolia night train

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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Istanbul at dawn
Istanbul at dawn

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.

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Thello night train
Thello night train

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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Lusitania night train at platform
Lusitania night train

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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Lusitania train at station
Lusitania train at station

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.

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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!

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