Nigh Trains & Couchettes:
Overnight trains and hotel trains have a range of accommodations, which
include sleepers, couchettes, and sleeperettes. All sleepers and couchettes
convert from seats to berths for nighttime travel, and back to seats for
daytime travel. For information on prices and reservations for night trains,
please click here.
Sleeper Compartments have washbasins, soap, towels,
razor plug, mineral water, and a lockable door. The berths come with
pillow, sheets, and a duvet or blanket. Stewards are present in the
sleeper cars to assist you and take care of all border crossings procedures
for you. Many of the stewards speak the languages of the countries the
train will pass through as well as English. Compartments are gender
specific unless booked by couples or families. Fares for sleepers require
a 1st class ticket or a rail pass plus the sleeper supplement. 1st class/rail
pass travelers can book a single, double, or triple sleeper. Single
passengers can reserve a double sleeper but they may have to share with
another passenger based on availability.
Couchettes are compartments with berths for 4-6 people. Each berth
has a pillow, sheets and blankets. Washbasins are not available in the
compartments and restrooms are at the end of the car. Berths can be
booked individually or in groups. Compartments are non-gender specific
and travelers are expected to sleep in their day clothes. Stewards are
available only on international routes. Fares for couchettes require
a 1st or 2nd class ticket or a rail pass plus the couchette supplement.
Sleeperettes are seats in open coach cars that recline to allow you
to sleep more comfortably. Seats may have small head pillows attached
but no blankets are provided. Fares for sleeperettes require a 1st or
2nd class ticket, or a rail pass and a reservation. There is normally
no additional cost for sleeperettes. However, some hotel trains may
charge a higher reservation fee for seats. Hotel trains combine long
distance night travel with the security and privacy and comfort of a
hotel stay. All compartments have locking doors and access to dining
cars. There are three levels of accommodation: Tourist, First Class,
and Luxury Class. There are reclining 2nd class sleeperette seats on
certain trains. Tourist class accommodations include 4 beds to a compartment.
Toilets are found outside the compartment in the car. First class accommodations
include compartments with one to two beds. Toilet and shower facilities
are located outside the compartment in the car. Luxury class accommodations
include one to two beds per compartment. They also include a private
toilet and shower within the compartment.
There are several night or Hotel trains you may come across in Europe:
Covers international routes between Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Trains have Deluxe, Economy, Couchette, and Sleeperette accommodations.
Deluxe compartments have 1 - 2 fixed beds moveable chairs and tables
and a full washroom with shower. Economy sleepers have 2 – 4 beds
(for families) and one washroom in the car. Deluxe and Economy accommodations
include breakfast. Couchette and sleeperette travelers may buy breakfast
at the bar.
Covers domestic routes in Germany and international route to Denmark.
Accommodations include Comfort, Couchette, and sleeperettes. Comfort cabins
have doors with key-card locks and private shower and toilet cabin. On
German domestic routs a restaurant and bistro car is available.
Services domestic routs in Spain and international routes between Spain
and France, Portugal, Italy, and Switzerland.
Classes of accommodation include Luxury, 1st Class, Tourist, and Sleeperette.
Dinner and breakfast is included for all passengers in single or double
Artesia de Nuit:
Covers international routs between France and Italy.
Hotel Train Lusitania:
Covers travel between Portugal and Spain.
Accommodations include Luxury, 1st class and seats. Breakfast is included.
Services international routes between the Netherlands and Italy.
Accommodations include Sleeper, Couchette, and Sleeperette. Depending
on class, accommodations include free meals or snacks. Please note that
Europass holders must have Benelux as an associated country to ride this
train. Eurail Selectpasses are not valid on this train.