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Night Trains in Europe

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


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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EuroNight Czech Republic-Poland


(the Czech Republic - Poland)


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


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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 Kálmán Imre


(Austria - Germany - Switzerland - Hungary)


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


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EuroNight Lisinski


(Austria - Croatia - Germany - Slovenia)


Travel by night from Zagreb, Croatia to Munich, Germany or Zürich, Switzerland in less than 9 hours. There are also stops in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Salzburg, Austria.


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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




The Intercités de Nuit is a French night train, connecting Paris to Toulouse and many other cities in France.


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ÖBB Nightjet


(Austria - Italy - 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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Santa Claus Express




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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(Norway - 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, the SJ night train offers a modern and comfortable way to traverse vast distances in Sweden. You can hop onboard in Stockholm, Malmö or Gothenburg and visit remote regions such as Narvik inside the Arctic Circle or Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden.


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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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(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




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


(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.

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

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


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.