by Keri Allan
07 Oct 2021
A new night train travelling between Vienna and Paris will come into service this December.
The Nightjet is a collaboration between the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), SNCF and Deutsche Bahn, with the direct train to Paris reviving the history of the Orient Express, which was on this connection until 2007.
From 13 December the Nightjet will travel three times a week.
Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday there will be a direct route from Vienna Central Station via St. Pölten, Linz, Salzburg and Munich to Paris Gare de l‘Est. Departure from Vienna is at 7:40 pm, arriving in Paris the next day at 9:42am.
The connection from Paris to Vienna is offered every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
“With the Nightjet from Vienna to Paris, we are setting another milestone for a European night train network. Only with additional direct connections can we get even more people to switch to the train. A trip with the Nightjet not only protects the environment, but also offers a special travel experience, because nothing is as relaxing as arriving at your desired destination in the centre of the city in the morning.”
In addition to this new connection, another Nightjet will also start from Zurich via Basel and Cologne to Amsterdam when the timetable changes.
This connection, which also offers inexpensive seats in intercity carriages, is of particular interest to daytrippers from North Rhine-Westphalia. With the early departure in Cologne, passengers can reach Amsterdam before 9.15am.
The late return trip at 8:45pm enables a stay in Amsterdam of eleven and a half hours – two and a half hours longer than previously possible by rail.
“Europe should grow closer together, also on the railways. This is what the new night train from ÖBB, SNCF and DB stands for. Together with our European partner railways, we will significantly expand the night train network. In the coming years we want to connect 13 European metropolises with one another overnight.”
Nightjet passengers can choose from single seats, couchette carriages with four-person compartments or sleeping cars, with prices available from 29.90, 59.90 or 89.90 euros (34.51, 69.14 or 103.77 USD).
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