Roll-top bathtubs, butlers and breathtaking scenery: The inside track on 19 of the world’s most incredible sleeper trains, from California to Australia via Scotland
- The Maharajas’ Express in India features a suite with two bedrooms that takes up a whole carriage
- The Andean Explorer has a spa car, where you can have treatments such as an obsidian stone massage
- The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express looks like it has warped in from the Golden Age of Travel
What are the first things that come to mind when you think of train travel? There’s a good chance they won’t be king-size beds, spas, butler service, midnight lobster brunches and soaks in roll-top baths.
But they will be if you step aboard the world’s most incredible sleeper trains.
Here we present 19 of them, including the ultra-luxurious Royal Scotsman, which has berths costing up to £12,500, Australia’s remarkable Spirit of Queensland, which has airline-style lie-flat seats, and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, on which you can enjoy those aforementioned lobster brunches…
ANDEAN EXPLORER, A BELMOND TRAIN
There are 35 cabins on the Andean Explorer and they fall into three categories – Bunk Bed Cabins, Twin Cabins and Suite Cabins (pictured), which come with a permanent double bed and an additional seating area
All cabins are decorated with local linens and feature en suites made with local stone. Pictured is a bathroom in a Bunk Bed Cabin
This photo depicts one of the Bunk Bed Cabins. There are five itineraries, lasting one or two nights, to choose from
The Belmond Andean Explorer transports passengers along one of the highest railroads in the world, with the train climbing to more than 4,000 metres (13,123ft) above sea level at its peak
The Belmond Andean Explorer transports passengers along one of the highest railroads in the world, with the train climbing to more than 4,000 metres (13,123ft) above sea level at its peak.
On the accommodation front, the 35 cabins are split into three categories – Bunk Bed Cabins, Twin Bed Cabins, which come with banquette-style seating that is turned into twin beds at night, and Suite Cabins, which feature a permanent double bed and a seating area. All cabins are decorated with local linens and feature en suites made with local stone.
Other highlights of the train include the spa car, where you can have treatments like an obsidian stone massage, and the lounge car, where you can sip pisco sours to the sound of grand piano music.
There are five itineraries, lasting one or two nights, to choose from. The longest journeys transport passengers from the old Incan capital of Cusco in the north, to Puno, the gateway to Lake Titicaca, in the south, then on to Arequipa to the west, passing through the untamed landscapes of the Andean Plateau en route.
Shorter itineraries, meanwhile, go from Puno to Arequipa and Puno to Cusco and vice versa.
Meals, drinks and entertainment are included in the price of a ticket. Onboard menus showcase local dishes and seasonal ingredients. Prices for a one-night journey start at £2,275 ($2,760) for a suite, £2,028 ($2,460) for a twin, and £1,830 ($2,220) for a bunk.
THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR
Amtrak’s California Zephyr train route is billed as ‘one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America’. Above is one of the Zephyr’s bedroom suites
The California Zephyr, which travels from Chicago to San Francisco
Amtrak’s trains follow more than 30 routes across America and sleeper accommodation is available on many of its long-distance services.
Our pick of the bunch is Amtrak’s California Zephyr, which follows a 2,438-mile (3,924km) route billed as ‘one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America’.
The 51-hour-long journey begins in Chicago, travelling through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across to Salt Lake City, Utah, and then through Reno, Nevada, into San Francisco.
Highlights along the way include stunning views of the Rockies, the Colorado River, Utah’s deserts and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Take in these vistas from the ‘sightseer lounge’, an observation car with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The California Zephyr is a Superliner train, meaning it has double-decker sleeper cars. Guests can choose between a roomette for two; a more spacious bedroom for two; a bedroom suite with room for up to four adults; a family bedroom with space for two adults and two children, and an accessible bedroom.
Meals are included in the price of a sleeper ticket, with the train’s dining car serving hot meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Menu items may include Amtrak’s ‘signature’ flat iron steak or grilled Atlantic salmon. There’s a cafe for passengers to pick up snacks and drinks, and a bar in the ‘sightseer lounge’. The ticket also includes a dedicated sleeping car attendant who provides turndown service, helps with luggage and shares ‘great stories of life on the rails’.
A bed in a roomette costs from around £457 ($564).
EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS, A BELMOND TRAIN
There are three types of room to choose from on the Eastern & Oriental Express – Presidential (pictured), State and Pullman
Pictured is one of the Pullman category rooms on the Eastern & Oriental Express, which come with two bunk-style upper and lower berths
All rooms are decorated with elegant marquetry woodwork and fine fabrics. Pictured is a Pullman Cabin
The Eastern & Oriental Express (pictured) travels back and forth from Bangkok and Singapore and Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, snaking through paddy fields, jungles and tea plantations
Between the months of September and April the Eastern & Oriental Express travels back and forth from Bangkok and Singapore and Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, snaking through paddy fields, jungles and the tea plantations.
The list of inclusions in the tickets, which start at around £1,764 for two nights, is almost as long as the route.
On a typical two-night Singapore to Bangkok journey, for example, passengers get breakfast, a daily three-course lunch, a four-course dinner with coffee, tea and petit fours, afternoon tea, house wine, house spirits, local beer and a twinset of excursions – a cruise along the River Kwai with a visit to the War Museum and a visit to a local village.
There are three types of room to choose from, meanwhile. The Presidential and the State rooms come with two single beds at the floor level, while Pullman rooms feature bunk-style upper and lower berths. All rooms are decorated with elegant marquetry woodwork and fine fabrics.
Elsewhere among the train’s 22 carriages, you’ll find two restaurant cars, a bar and an open-air observation deck where you can take in the passing scenery.
STOCKHOLM TO NARVIK
The overnight train from Stockholm to Narvik takes almost 19 hours to reach its destination, with sleeping compartments accommodating up to six people (above)
Pictured above is a first-class compartment, which features ‘comfortable beds’ and a shower and toilet
Winding up through the centre of Sweden into Arctic Circle Norway, the overnight train from Stockholm to Narvik takes almost 19 hours to reach its destination.
Make this journey in summer when the countryside is lit up by the Midnight Sun and you’ll be able to take in pine forests, lakes and snow-dappled mountains as you travel.
Passengers who book seated tickets but want a little extra comfort can upgrade to the Seat Comfort package, which gives them an adjacent empty seat and a comfort kit that contains a blanket, eye mask and ear plugs.
The sleeping compartments on the train accommodate up to six people (see top picture) and include a first-class compartment for one to two people featuring ‘comfortable beds’ and a shower and toilet – and with breakfast included – and a second-class compartment with three ready-made beds ‘with good comfort’ and a sink.
The service is run by rail operator Vy (formerly NSB) and tickets start from £69 (831 NOK).
ROYAL SCOTSMAN, A BELMOND TRAIN, SCOTLAND
There are four categories of cabins to choose from on the Royal Scotsman – twin, double, single and interconnecting. All of them come with en suites, dressing tables and full-length wardrobes
The interiors of the Royal Scotsman have been designed to have a Scottish country house feel, all wood, tartan and Scottish wool. Pictured is a twin room
Since it launched in 1985, the Royal Scotsman has become one of the world’s most talked-about trains. It runs a variety of itineraries from Edinburgh Waverley station
Since it launched in 1985, the ultra-luxurious Royal Scotsman has become one of the world’s most talked-about trains.
A number of eye-opening itineraries are available on this iconic train, which runs from Edinburgh Waverley station.
Inside, the Belmond train has been designed to have a Scottish country house feel, all wood, tartan and Scottish wool and there are four categories of cabins to choose from – twin, double, single and interconnecting. All of them come with en suites, dressing tables and full-length wardrobes.
Journeys available include the five-night Grand Taste of the Highlands that includes stops in Keith, Spean Bridge, Fort William and the Isle of Butte and the four-night Scotland’s Classic Splendors that stops in Kyle of Lochalsh, Boat of Garten and Rothiemurchus.
The cost of tickets includes all meals – including a classic Scottish breakfast – drinks, entertainment and excursions such as a seal-watching boat trip, a trip to Ballindalloch Castle, a visit to the Rothiemurchus Estate for country pursuits and a tour of Glamis Castle. Tickets begin at £4,000 and go through to £12,500 per person.
The range of accommodation on The Canadian ranges from bunk-style beds in communal rooms to private cabins and private suites
Travelling 2,775 miles (4,466 kilometres) across the course of four days and four nights, The Canadian (pictured) takes passengers all the way from Vancouver in western Canada to Toronto in the east
Travelling 2,775 miles (4,466 kilometres) across the course of four days and four nights, The Canadian takes passengers all the way from Vancouver in western Canada to Toronto in the east.
The route weaves past forests, lakes, prairies and – perhaps most impressively – the Rocky Mountains. The best place to take in the views is from the scenic dome area of the Skyline Car, which has a windowed ceiling.
The accommodation on The Canadian ranges from bunk-style beds in communal rooms to private cabins and private suites.
Top of the cabin pecking order, however, are the Prestige Car cabins, which are 50 per cent larger than the standard cabins, sleep two people, and come with luxuries such as mini-fridges and a concierge attendant.
A Prestige Car Cabin for two from Vancouver to Toronto costs around £6,783 ($10,672CAD).
SPIRIT OF QUEENSLAND
Pictured is a RailBed seat on Spirit of Queensland. These seats flatten out into beds and the ticket price includes all-inclusive meals that are served seat-side
The Spirit of Queensland (pictured) snakes its way along the east coast of Australia between Brisbane and Cairns
Snaking its way along the east coast of Australia, the Spirit of Queensland takes passengers from Brisbane to Cairns and back five times a week.
Covering 1,044 miles (1,681 kilometres), the journey takes 25 hours and the train calls in at stops such as Proserpine – gateway to the Whitsunday Islands – and Townsville – springboard to the Great Barrier Reef – on the way.
Passengers can choose between Premium Economy and RailBed tickets. The former give travellers a seat that reclines by 30 degrees. The latter gets you a seat that flattens into a bed and all-inclusive meals, served to the seat.
Elsewhere on the train, there’s a Club Car with a relaxation lounge and snack bar. Ticket prices start from around £162 ($285AUD).
VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS, A BELMOND TRAIN
This shot showcases the Venice Grand Suite on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The price for these rooms start at £6,825 per person per night
Above is the Istanbul Grand Suite on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The suites come with butler service and free-flowing Champagne
This shot shows the Istanbul Suite’s lounge area and stunning marble bathroom
LEFT: One of the twin cabins on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which comes with convertible sleeping berths. RIGHT: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (pictured) travels all over Europe. Routes include Paris to Vienna, Amsterdam to Venice and Geneva to Innsbruck
All polished wood, Art Deco styling, velvet and silk, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express looks like it has wormholed its way to the 21st century from the Golden Age of Travel.
The onboard experience is all about decadence. Book breakfast in bed in the mornings or order mimosas and caviar alongside your eggs as you dine in the one of the restored 1920s breakfast cars. Tuck into a three-course meal with wine pairings at lunchtime. Enjoy aperitifs before dinner. Then, if you’re up late enough, sit down to a Midnight Brunch of lobster rolls and truffled club sandwiches as the clock strikes 12.
Accommodation is available in two categories – Twin Cabins and Grand Suites. The latter are named after different cities of the world and come with butler service and free-flowing Champagne. The price for these rooms starts at £6,825 per person per night. In terms of itineraries, the train travels all over Europe. Routes include Paris to Vienna, Amsterdam to Venice and Geneva to Innsbruck.
Trenitalia’s night trains feature three classes of sleeper accommodation. The Cuccetta Comfort cabins feature four pull-down berths and tickets include breakfast and a little hygiene kit. The Deluxe Sleeper cabins (pictured) are private cabins for one, two or three people. The Excelsior Cabins, meanwhile, come with all of the above and their own toilet, washbasin and shower
Trenitalia’s night trains take passengers all the way down the boot of Italy and even into Sicily
Trenitalia’s night trains take passengers all the way down the boot of Italy and even into Sicily.
The most popular routes are Milan to Lecce, Rome to Palermo and Naples to Palermo, with the last two routes being most memorable for those who manage to stay awake because the passage into Sicily involves the entire train boarding a ferry.
In addition to its reclining seating offering, the train features three classes of sleeper accommodation. The Cuccetta Comfort cabins feature four pull-down berths and tickets include breakfast and a little hygiene kit. The Deluxe Sleeper cabins are private cabins for one, two or three people. The Excelsior Cabins, meanwhile, come with all of the above and their own toilet, washbasin and shower.
Prices for a Rome to Palermo journey range from 54.90 euros (£46.98) to 269 euros (£230).
HELSINKI TO ROVANIEMI
Sleeper cabins (pictured) on the Helsinki to Rovaniemi service can sleep between one and three people and the cabins on the top level of the train come with their own shower and toilet. Prices for a private cabin start at as little as 49 euros (£41.88)
There are reindeer murals on the exterior of the Helsinki to Rovaniemi sleeper trains (pictured), because they transport passengers right into the heart of Finnish Lapland
There are reindeer murals on the exterior of the double-decker Helsinki to Rovaniemi sleeper trains, because they transport passengers right into the heart of Finnish Lapland.
Stops along the way include Hameenlinna, one of the oldest inland cities in Finland, and Kokkola, a city that can trace its timeline back to 1620.
Passengers can make the 12-hour journey in a seat or in a sleeper cabin. The latter can sleep between one and three people and the cabins on the top level of the train come with their own shower and toilet. Prices for a private cabin start at as little as 49 euros (£41.88).
Breakfast and dinner can be ordered to the cabins or there’s a brass and leather cafe, where you can buy snacks, coffees and beers.
There are three classes of cabin on Rovos Rail’s trains. Pullman Suites come with convertible sofa beds, Deluxe Suites (pictured) feature a twin or double bed and a lounge area. Royal Suites have king-size beds and a bathroom with a roll-top bath
This shot showcases a Deluxe Cabin on a Rovos Rail train. There are nine Rovos Rail itineraries to choose from, lasting between three and 15 nights
Hotel Pictured is the stunning Royal Suite bathroom, which features a roll-top bath
Short-journey prices for a Rovos Rail Pullman Suite start at £1,414 (R27,700), at £2,186 (R42,800) for a Deluxe Suite and £2,963 (R58,000) for a Royal Suite
Founded in 1989, Rovos Rail has its headquarters at the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria, South Africa, but it offers train journeys all over Africa.
There are three classes of cabin on Rovos Rail’s trains. Pullman Suites come with convertible sofa beds, Deluxe Suites feature a twin or double bed and a lounge area. Royal Suites have king-size beds and a bathroom with a roll-top bath.
There are nine different itineraries to choose from, lasting between three and 15 nights.
The shorter routes take passengers from Pretoria to destinations such as Cape Town – passing through landscapes such as the Highveld grasslands and Great Karoo desert – and Victoria Falls, traversing Botswana and Zimbabwe en route.
The longer trips, meanwhile, carry travellers from the west to the east coast of Africa and along the Copper Trail, which squiggles a course through Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola.
Many itineraries, like the Durban Safari, factor in time for game drives.
All meals, drinks – except international sparkling wines – entertainment and excursions are included in the ticket price. Short-journey prices for a Pullman Suite start at £1,414 (R27,700), at £2,186 (R42,800) for a Deluxe Suite and £2,963 (R58,000) for a Royal Suite.
INTERCITIES DE NUIT
Three types of ticket are available on Intercities de Nuit trains – seated, second class, which gets you a berth in a six-bed compartment, and first class, which buys you a berth in a four-bed compartment (pictured)
Between the years of 2013 and 2017, it wasn’t always easy to take a night train in France because budget cuts meant that many sleeper services were cancelled.
However, following a 100million-euro (£85.6million) injection from the government in 2020, services in the country are back on track both literally and metaphorically.
The Intercities de Nuit sweeps passengers from Paris to the south and southwest of France and – more recently – to Vienna.
French routes go to Toulouse, Latour-de-Carol, Albi, Briancon and Lourdes, but according to the SNCF, which runs the services, one of the most popular is the one that goes to Nice.
Transporting passengers into the playground of the French Riviera as they sleep, this service stops in hot spots such as Marseille, Toulon and Cannes beforehand.
Three types of ticket are available for the journey – seated, second class, which gets you a berth in a six-bed compartment, and first class, which buys you a berth in a four-bed compartment. Seated tickets start at around 19 euros (£16.26) on the Paris to Nice route, with second-class fares starting at 29 euros (£24.82).
NIGHT RIVIERA SLEEPER, GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
The Paddington to Penzance GWR Night Riviera Sleeper train runs every day of the week and stops along the route include Plymouth, Totnes, Exeter and Taunton. Passengers can book an ‘airline style’ seat or a single or twin-occupancy cabin (pictured)
The GWR Riviera Sleeper at London Paddington. Picture courtesy of Creative Commons
On the Night Riviera Sleeper, you can get into bed in London just before midnight and wake up in Cornwall in good time for breakfast (8am on weekdays and 8.49am on Sundays).
The Paddington to Penzance service and the return train run every day of the week and stops along the route include Plymouth, Totnes, Exeter and Taunton.
Passengers can book a seat, which are described as ‘airline style’, on the Great Western Railway website, or a single or twin-occupancy cabin.
The cost of a single-occupancy cabin ranges from £45 to £95 and includes breakfast and use of the showers at Paddington, Penzance and Truro.
The price of a twin-occupancy cabin, meanwhile, comes in at between £30 and £71.25 per person and includes breakfast, use of the showers at Paddington and access to the first-class lounge at Paddington station.
Whichever ticket they choose, all travellers get access to the onboard lounge, where they can buy drinks and snacks.
Of the 36 cabins onboard the Shongololo Express, 30 are Gold class and six are Emerald. The Emerald cabins are bigger and come with a small lounge area. This shot depicts a Gold twin cabin
This is one of the Emerald double cabins on the Shongololo Express, which runs out of the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria, South Africa
Pictured is an Emerald cabin bathroom on the Shongololo Express. Itineraries on the train last between 12 and 15 days
The name of the Shongololo translates as millipede in Zulu and that’s what this train (pictured) looks like as it traverses the landscapes of Africa
The name of the Shongololo Express translates as millipede in Zulu and that’s what this train looks like as it traverses the landscapes of Africa.
Operated by the Rovos Rail company since 1917, the train runs out of the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria, South Africa.
Of the 36 cabins onboard, 30 are Gold class and six are Emerald. They all have en-suite bathrooms with a shower, toilet and basin, while the more spacious Emerald cabins come with a small lounge area. Both are available as double or twin configurations.
Lasting between 12 and 15 days, itineraries include the African Trilogy, which takes passengers to Walvis Bay on the west coast of Namibia, passing through scenery such as The Valley of a Thousand Hills and the Drakensburg Mountains, and stopping for excursions such as a game drive in Etosha National Park on the way.
The cost of every ticket includes all meals, beverages and excursions. Rates start from £4,739 (R92,500) for a Gold class ticket and up to £6,766 (R132,000) for an Emerald-class ticket.
The cabins on The Ghan fall into two categories – Gold and Platinum (above). Platinum guests ‘enjoy premium extras like a full-size en suite, expansive window views from both sides of the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage’
This shot shows the ‘Platinum service cabin’ on The Ghan. The original Ghan made its maiden journey from Adelaide to Stuart – a town that would later become Alice Springs – in 1929
A full one-way Ghan journey covers 1,851 miles (2,979 kilometres) and can be done in four or three days, depending on your chosen itinerary
Named after the Afghan camel drivers who arrived in Australia in the late 19th century to help develop a transport route into the country’s interior, the first Ghan made its maiden journey from Adelaide to Stuart – a town that would later become Alice Springs – in 1929.
The original tracks of the ‘Old Ghan’ line have since been replaced and removed, but today’s Ghan follows a similar route from Adelaide, up through the Red Centre of Australia, to Alice Springs, and then on to Darwin on the north coast of Australia. And back again.
A full one-way journey covers 1,851 miles (2,979 kilometres) and can be done in four or three days, depending on your chosen itinerary.
The cabins on The Ghan fall into two categories – Gold and Platinum.
Gold passengers can choose between a twin with upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day; a single featuring a bed that converts to a seat by day with shared shower/toilet facilities or a ‘superior’, with a three-quarter-size double bed plus an additional fold-down upper berth, lounge area, TV and DVD player, mini-bar and en suite.
Platinum guests ‘enjoy premium extras like a full-size en suite, expansive window views from both sides of the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage’, according to The Ghan’s website, which adds: ‘You’ll also notice the Bollinger Champagne, Australian Appelles Apothecary toiletries, a nightcap at turndown, luxuriously soft linen, and more… ‘
The cost of Gold cabins starts at $2,165AUD (£1,246) for a single Gold cabin on the three-night itinerary, with the top-tier ticket being Platinum sole occupancy, costing $8,705AUD (£4,911).
Located in 12 of the train’s 21 carriages, the cabins on the Deccan Odyssey come in Deluxe and Presidential Suite categories. Pictured is one of the Deluxe double cabins
This image showcases a swanky Presidential Suite cabin on the Deccan Odyssey
This photo shows the Presidential Suite lounge. Six seven-night routes are available on this train, running round-trip from Mumbai or between New Delhi and Mumbai and vice versa
The Deccan Odyssey has interiors said to reflect the designs of the imperial carriages once used by India’s Maharajas
The Deccan Odyssey offers passengers the opportunity to see the star sights of the north, north-west and mid-west coast of India in comfort.
The interiors of the train are said to reflect the designs of the imperial carriages once used by India’s Maharajas. They’re all dark wood, silky-looking fabrics and regal blue-and-gold colour schemes.
Located in 12 of the train’s 21 carriages, the cabins come in Deluxe and Presidential Suite categories.
Each ‘is creatively outfitted with facilities like personal safe, telephone, attached bathroom, air-conditioning and a personal attendant’, with the bigger Presidential berths featuring living areas.
Prices for a twin or double Deluxe cabin start at $10,500 (£8,370).
Elsewhere on the train there’s an ornate dining car, a bar and a spa.
Six seven-night routes are available, running round-trip from Mumbai or between New Delhi and Mumbai and vice versa.
Itineraries give passengers the opportunity to take in everything from Unesco World Heritage Sites, such as the Taj Mahal, to bustling cities such as Hyderabad and some even offer the opportunity to see the beaches of Goa.
Pictured is one of the Suite bedrooms on the Maharajas’ Express. With every step up through the cabin classes, you get more space, bigger windows, and the suites come with bathtubs instead of just a shower
Pictured is a Presidential Suite twin configuration. The cabins of the train are set inside carriages named after gemstones
The Presidential Suite takes up an entire carriage. Pictured above is the lounge area of the top-tier cabin
On the left is a Presidential Suite bathtub. The Maharajas’ Express is the flagship train of the government-owned Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation
Measuring almost half a mile in length, The Maharajas’ Express is the flagship train of the government-owned Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and it runs four routes that go round-trip from Delhi and from Delhi to Mumbai and vice versa.
The cabins of the train are set inside carriages named after gemstones and there are four types to choose from – Deluxe, Junior Suites, Suites and Presidential Suite. With every step up through the classes, you get more space, bigger windows, and the suites come with bathtubs instead of just a shower.
The huge presidential suite, meanwhile, has a roomy lounge, two bedrooms and two washrooms and takes over an entire carriage of the train.
Ticket prices for a deluxe cabin on the three-night Treasures of India itinerary start at $4,650 (£3,699) and include all meals, soft drinks, house wines, beers and free pours and all excursions listed in the itinerary. The Presidential Suite costs up to $24,890 (£20,400).
Nightjet tickets start from as little as 29.90 euros (£25.58) and there are three main travel categories – seated, sleeper (pictured) and couchette
Pictured is one of the Couchettes cabins on a Nightjet train. These cabins have four or six beds and can be booked privately by groups or by individuals who are happy to have a dorm-style experience. Couchette tickets come with mineral water and a Viennese breakfast
Nightjet trains like the one pictured operate overnight services on more than 25 routes in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy
There are more than 25 overnight routes to choose from on Nightjet, operated by Austrian Railways, connecting the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
Itineraries include Vienna to Paris, Zurich to Amsterdam, Munich to Milan and Budapest to Berlin.
Nightjet tickets start from as little as 29.90 euros (£25.58) and there are three main travel categories – seated, sleeper and couchette.
The seating carriages feature compartments that sit six people each. The sleeper cabins are available with one, two or three beds and can be booked for exclusive use or individuals can book a bed and share the rest of the cabin with strangers.
These sleeper cabins also come in Standard and Deluxe classes – the former feature a wash basin while the latter come with a shower.
The couchettes, meanwhile, have four or six beds and can be booked privately by groups or by individuals who are happy to have a dorm-style experience.
On the food front, sleeper cabin tickets include a welcome drink, evening snack, mineral water and an a la carte breakfast, couchette tickets come with mineral water and a Viennese breakfast. Seated passengers can order from a menu that includes breakfast dishes, salads, sandwiches and hot food such as goulash and vegetarian chili.
In the space of 22 hours, The Ocean takes passengers on an 836-mile (1,346-kilometre) journey from Halifax, Canada, to Montreal. There are two classes of accommodation on the train – Economy and Sleeper Plus (pictured)
THE OCEAN – CANADA
In the space of 22 hours, The Ocean takes passengers on an 836-mile (1,346-kilometre) journey from Halifax, Canada, to Montreal, passing spots such as Matapedia on the banks of the Quebec River and the elegant town of Riviere-du-Loup on the way.
There are two classes of accommodation on the train – Economy and Sleeper Plus. Economy tickets get you a seat while Sleeper Plus tickets get you a cabin for two or a cabin for two with a shower.
Elsewhere on the train, there’s a dining car and a service car with a lounge and take-away counter.
All meals in the dining car are included in the cost of a Sleeper Plus ticket and diners can choose to wash their dinner down with a glass of Canadian wine for a little bit more. Prices start from around £264 ($415CAD) for an upper berth bed.
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