Regularly timetabled sleeper trains return to the Paris ↔ Wien/Vienna and Amsterdam ↔ Zurich via Basel routes.
The Nightjet network of overnight trains provided by the Austrian national rail operator, OBB continues to expand with the addition of two new very welcome routes.
The headline grabber is that Paris is to gain an overnight link to/from Wien/Vienna, which will also call at Munchen/Munich and Linz.
The new train service linking the Austrian and French capitals, which commences on Monday Dec 13th, will include Deluxe sleeping cabins with showers in its formation, a service which hasn’t been available when travelling between the French and Austrian capitals for more than 20 years; ordinary seating cabins, couchettes with bunks and seating will also be available.
Heading east the train will depart from the Gare de l’Est in Paris on Tues, Friday and Sunday evenings at 19:57 and will be usually scheduled to call at Munchen/Munich at 05:43, Salzburg (connect for Graz, Ljubljana and Zagreb) at 07:26 and Linz at 08:46, before arriving in Wien Hbf at 10:12.
The ‘Transilvania Expess’ to Cluj Napoca in Romania will typically be scheduled to depart from there at 10:42.
There will also be an easily timed connection into the Railjet train on to Venice/Venezia at 12:25, providing a somewhat convoluted replacement for the Paris to Venice sleeper train which was withdrawn earlier in 2021.
In the other westerly direction, it will depart Wien Hbf at 19:40 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and call at, among other locations, Linz (21:00); Salzburg, for connections from Graz and Klagenfurt (22:14) and Munchen hbf connect from Bologna and Verona (00:01), before arriving in Paris Est at 09:42.
The train from Cluj Napoca will be due to into Wien at 17:21 and a Railjet from Venice will arrive at 17:35
The Nightjet from Wien to Bruxelles is scheduled to depart on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays, so when leaving Wien/Vienna on every evening except Wednesdays and Fridays, it will be possible to travel overnight on a smart sleeper train and then head on to London by Eurostar.
The other new Nightjet service will provide a very welcome direct rail link between Zurich and Amsterdam.
Heading north it will depart from Zurich HB station at 21:59, with good connections available from a swathe of other cities including Chur, Milano and Salzburg.
It will go on to depart from Basel SBB station at 23:13, where connections will be available from Bern, Brig, Luzern and Interlaken, and from Basel Bad Bf at 23:24 and then call at Arnhem (07:51) and Utrecht, connect for Den Haag and Rotterdam (08:33)m before arriving in Amsterdam Centraal station at 09:14.
In the other direction it will typically depart from Amsterdam Centraal at 20:28 and call in Utrecht (21:00), Basel Bad bf (06:11), Basel SBB (06:20) before arriving in Zurich HB at 08:05.
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