Just when you start to think Europe’s new night train hype might be dying down a little, up they pop again. On top of the recent launch of a new night train route taking passengers from Prague to Switzerland and Germany, a new sleeper service has now been announced that runs from Germany to Austria, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.
The routes were announced as part of a change in German rail timetables, with the new services being run by Austrian night train operator Nightjet. It’ll see trains leave from the southwest German city of Stuttgart and head towards European cultural hotspots such as Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana and Zagreb.
And better yet, at certain times of the year (specifically Christmas, Easter and the summer), Stuttgart will also have direct trains that go all the way down to the coastal Croatian city of Rijeka. In total, it’ll take about 15 hours to do the entire Stuttgart-Rijeka route.
It should be noted that it was already possible to get the train from Germany south to parts of central Europe and the Adriatic coast. The new bit is the extension to Stuttgart, which is now connected to four train routes that link it up with the rest of the network. You can view a full map of Nightjet routes here.
It’s difficult to think of a better time to be a night train enthusiast in Europe! The new Nightjet route timetable came into effect on December 11, so if you fancy a sleeper jaunt from Germany to Croatia next summer, now’s the time to book. You can find out more on the Nightjet website here.
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