OBB Nightjet (international)

If you will be taking a journey by Nightjet trains our guide will tell you all you need to know, from boarding, to making the most of the journey experience.
This article by a travel journalist also showcases the experience of travelling on a Nightjet.

These trains convey:

- Compartment Seats (Sitzwagen)
- Couchettes (Liegewagen); 4 berths AND 6 berths
- Standard sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
- Deluxe sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins



There is also a great article with some really useful additional insights into taking these trains, which you can find HERE - great job Edward!

The compartment seats:

These are seats that face each other that can, in theory, be pulled flat to create a sort of bed.

However, to make use of this facility you need to have a spare seat opposite to yours.

The seats are grouped in rows of 3, so a total of six seats, can be arranged so that three people can lie down on one large bed (cosy).
However, this isn't guaranteed.

If too many seats are occupied then converting them into beds won't be possible.

Washing facilities are available.

Drinks and snacks are available from vending machines.

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The couchettes:

A berth in a 4 berth compartments is more expensive than in a 6 berth

Berths in female only compartments are available.

Sheets and pillows are provided.

Washing facilities are available (shared with the other compartments)

Complimentary bottle of mineral water and breakfast tray provided.

Access to menu of additional (paid for) snacks/drinks served in the cabin.

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Standard sleeping cabins:

Bed linen and slippers provided
Washing facilities in cabin (sink/basin with soap and towels)

Deluxe sleeping cabins:

Bed linen and slippers provided

Shower and toilet in cabin (with complimentary shower gel, soap and towels)

All sleeping cabin tickets (standard and deluxe) also include:

(1) Complimentary - bottle of mineral water, sweets, an evening aperitif, large breakfast  with a choice of items brought to the cabin, re-fills of hot drinks and newspaper.

(2) Access to menu of additional (paid for) snacks/drinks served in the cabin.

(3) Access to OBB 1st class lounges.

Interior views are available on the OBB website

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Rail Pass Reservation Fees:

Seat =  €14

Berth in 6-bed couchette = €20
Beth in 4-bed couchette = €30

Bed in standard 3-bed sleeping cabin = €60
Bed in standard 2-bed sleeping cabin = €80
Bed in standard 1-bed sleeping cabin = €130

Bed in deluxe 3-bed sleeping cabin = €80
Bed in deluxe 2-bed sleeping cabin = €100
Bed in deluxe 1-bed sleeping cabin = €150

These fees typically equate to a saving of around €50-60 against the ticket cost, but you will need to also factor in the daily cost of using your rail pass.

How to book these rail pass reservations for the Nightjet on the OBB (Austrian Railways) website - no booking fees payable.

When booking these reservations on the OBB website, it doesn't ask whether you will be travelling with First or Second class rail passes, so you can book any of these types of accommodation, regardless of what pass you are using, as long as it is a Global pass valid on your travel dates.

When these reservations could be booked on the DB (German railways) website, only First Class pass users could book 1-bed cabins, so if you want to travel in a 1-bed cabin with a Second Class pass, book the reservation with OBB.

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Travelling With Children:

Nightjet trains have family couchette compartments with 6 berths, which are sold at flat rate price - so are particularly good value if you will occupying 4 or more berths.

When making a booking on the OBB website, you will automatically be offered a 'Family Compartment' if the combination of travellers you enter, meets the criteria.

Children also travel at discounted rates in sleeping cabins on Nightjets, but the price per bed isn't particularly cheaper - but there are savings to be made if up to two children share bed.

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Our general guide to taking overnight trains.

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