Fall asleep in Amsterdam, wake up in Vienna: new night train coming to the Netherlands

Fancy eating a slice of Sachertorte in Vienna or strolling through the streets of Innsbruck with the snow-covered Alps in the background? Luckily for us, this dream could come true sooner rather than later. From May 25, travellers from Amsterdam will be able to hop on a night train that takes them directly to Munich and Innsbruck or Vienna. 

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) introduced the plan for this railway connection back in 2019. The trains already started running at the end of last year, however, the official launch was postponed due to coronavirus — until now.

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On the eve of May 24, the very first train with passengers will depart from Austria and is expected to arrive in Amsterdam at 10 AM the next morning. On Tuesday, May 25, travellers can then board the train departing from Amsterdam.

Climate-friendly alternative

“With the comeback of the Nightjets, we are bringing Europe a little closer together again,” says the ÖBB boss, Andreas Matthä. 

The night trains also represent an environmentally friendly alternative to travelling by plane. “Any traveller who chooses the night train instead of the plane to Amsterdam saves the environment 350 kilograms of CO2 emissions per the direction of travel,” adds Matthä. 

Fewer passengers on board for now

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, fewer passengers are currently allowed to stay in one cabin. While there are sitting and sleeping cabins available for six people, only four people at a time can share one at the moment. 

There’s also an option to book a private cabin for €220. For this price, a maximum of three adults and three children can board the train. 

Discovering European gems

The trains will be departing from Amsterdam Centraal every evening at 7:30 PM. They will stop in various cities along the way including Utrecht, Arnhem, Cologne, Frankfurt, and Nuremberg on the way. 

While the train to Innsbruck then travels through Munich, the one to Vienna goes through Regensburg and Linz. Both trains arrive at their final destinations shortly after 9 AM — giving you the whole day to start exploring the city. 

The sleeper trains to Austria are another step towards reconnecting Europe. Trains are already running between Amsterdam and London. Even more night trains are planned to connect the capital of the Netherlands with Prague, Zurich, and locations in Scandinavia

Will you be traveling to Vienna or Innsbruck on this new sleeper train? Let us know in the comments below!

Feture Image: Pixabay/Pexels

Jana Vondráčková 🇨🇿
Originally from the Czech Republic, Jana moved to the Netherlands for her studies. She fell in love with the local biking culture, and you’ll see her drifting through the streets of Rotterdam on her pink bike even in the worst possible weather (think rain, snow, hail, or all three). Besides advocating for Rotterdam as the best Dutch city, she likes to wander around with a camera in her hand.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I live in innsbruck and want to go to amsterdam regularly and so I am pretty sure that I will use this perfect train connection in the furure. Looking forward to this possibiliy.

  2. For a long time, I am following news about this line and soon it is going to start! I hop I will travel with it in a short time!

  3. I like this article, very clear and uplifting. After corona is going to be difficult to feel free but thanks for this advice! Vienna, here we come!

  4. We live in the United States. Really, looking forward to our next trip to Europe. Amsterdam is our next trip. Hoping to use this train to visit one other city in Europe. Thank you for the info.

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