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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A good tip to know if you have an Interrail pass with a flexible validity is the '7 p.m. rule'. If you board a direct night train that departs after 7 p.m. and arrives at its final stop after 4 a.m., then only the day of arrival is counted as a travel day. Read more about travel days.
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.
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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