City Night Line

City Night Line. Travel between Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Austria and Czech Rep.

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City Night Line network

The City Night Line (CNL), as it name indicates, is a night train serving stations in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. Some routes operate double-decker sleeping cars, built especially for CNL and offering a truly unique experience. If you need to stretch your legs there’s a lounge carriage on board for you to enjoy a drink, a snack or a light meal and to get to know fellow passengers. Each lounge chair has its own reading lamp and blankets are available upon request. The night train is ideal to save on a night’s accommodation and allows you to travel stress-free. Eat your on board breakfast before reaching your destination.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Popular destinations include Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Munich, Paris, Prague, Venice and Zurich.

Popular journeys
JourneyTravel time
Paris – Berlin11h 10
Paris – Munich10h
Berlin – Munich10h02
Amsterdam – Prague14h 26
Munich – Venice9h 35

Paris Berlin 12:20 € 49
Paris Munich 11:05 € 49
Amsterdam Berlin 09:25 € 49
Munich Rome 11:51 € 49
Amsterdam Munich 10:39 € 49
Munich Venice 08:41 € 49
Amsterdam Zurich 12:03 € 49
Berlin Frankfurt 05:44 € 29
Munich Frankfurt 04:49 € 29
Amsterdam Basel 10:23 € 29
Vienna Zurich 09:20 € 137
Vienna Budapest 02:55 € 36
Berlin Cologne 05:43 € 109
Verona Munich 05:29 € 49
Stuttgart Paris 07:49 € 29
Innsbruck Rome 09:49 € 49
Vienna Salzburg 03:16 € 54
Innsbruck Venice 07:20 € 49
Amsterdam Stuttgart 07:46 € 29
Stuttgart Frankfurt 02:04 € 91
Munich Innsbruck 01:55 € 38
Munich Bologna 07:17 € 49
Hamburg Berlin 03:55 € 76
Krakow Prague 09:56 € 90
Munich Dusseldorf 07:20 € 29
Cologne Stuttgart 04:31 € 104
Mannheim Berlin 07:20 € 29
Hanover Munich 07:41 € 29
Paris Ulm 09:37 € 49

Booking & Ticket delivery

Booking :
  • City Night Line tickets are open for booking 120 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

Ticket delivery option(s) :

Paper ticketReceive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Seat reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

Experience the service

Before you board

The City Night Line (CNL) serves stations directly in city centres. It allows you to save time and make the most of European architecture, fine art, culture and history of each and every city.

There are some wheelchair accessible cabins plus you can take your bike along on almost all lines.

Onboard

Classes and facilities offered by CNL
First classFirst classSecond classSecond class
Carrier’s designationName of class of service as you might see on your ticket.DeluxeSleeperCouchettesSuper reclining seats
Air conditioned carriages Makes it bliss when travelling during the summer period.
Restaurant car Drinks, snacks and delicious meals, to make the most of your trip.
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
4 to 6-bed cabin The best way for a very comfortable ride in the company of friends or other fellow travellers.
Washbasin Practical to freshen up anytime during your trip.
Breakfast The most important meal of the day for a memorable experience.
Private bathroom Freshen up with a shower or use the WC for more convenience.


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    Reviews & ratings

    Overall rating (401)

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    "Not a nice choice if u "

      Pui Chi l. 
    Not a nice choice if u want to sleep better Thee area is small No bathing as well    Value for money  Convenience

    "saves money but no comfort"

      Robert s.  13/07/2014
    We did this for convenience and to save a night of hotel. It was very uncomfortable and very difficult if not impossible to sleep. The website gave impression of first class comfort that was not met. We would not recommend this to friends or family.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Travel from Paris to Berlin "

      Wai Ling t.  05/06/2014
    This is my first time to have overnight train, it was good experience. The train was clean, toilet was ok. I still can slept for few hours even I was in the six seat cabin. In addition, I can save time and money when I went to Berlin by the city night train.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Coupe"

      Ruben a.  29/05/2014
    Unfortunately toilette was not in coupe but outside. Also we did not have any table in the coupe.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Generally okay"

      Farah Shuhadah r.  28/05/2014
    The details t hat you provided is a bit confusing. I believe we took the City Night Line for our trip to Zurich. Anyway the City Night Line train was very comfortable - since we took the first class bed. The only thing that could be improved on is perhaps the "check in service" Our train was scheduled at 1207am. There was hardly anyone at the station. When the train arrived, there was no officer / worker to usher us into the right direction as a result of which we actually got into the wrong coach and then had to walk on our own to the right coach. Having paid for first class tickets, I would have expected at least a more clear sign to get us into the right directions to the proper coach. I cant really recall, but if im not mistaken there was also no wifi on the train. In this day and age, free wifi is always appreciated especially when you're travelling from one place to another. Otherwise, the journey was rather pleasant.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Satisfactory trip"

      Benjamin a.  26/05/2014
    We choose the overnight train because it suited our budget and saved on accommodation, the carriage was ok space wise but we could not store our bags anywhere so had to block half the compartment and blocked access to the sink - the beds were more comfortable than a previous overnight trip and the breakfast a nice inclusion. We had an issue with the toilet in the morning which was blocked and not working so was not a nice end to the trip.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Worth for the value"

      Gerald k.  21/05/2014
    Reasonable price for the ticket, and the train is comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Traveling with Friends"

      Jacqueline t.  14/05/2014
    It is better to book with one card so you are guaranteed to have seats next to each other, especially for these long trips. As girls traveling, it would have been nice to be in one cabin. The cochette beds are worth the upgrade ( or at times, same price as) the seats.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Good trip but book early"

      Hwei Fen h.  13/05/2014
    Had a very comfortable trip, he bed was good, the train ride wasn't too bumpy. My cabin mate actually slept for the entire duration. Please book early though if you're looking for reasonable prices. Also, the 6 people cabin might not be that suitable for people with large luggages, as there is limited storage space, so take note.    Value for money  Convenience

    "A short journey"

      Vivek c.  09/05/2014
    This is a very short journey and costs sub 10 euros.    Value for money  Convenience

    "City Night Line"

      Manish p.  09/05/2014
    I took City Night Line from Zurich to Berlin. the timing was ok, bt the train got delaided by couple of hrs and we had to change to a local train to reach Berlin. This might be an exception. but our experience was not so good on given day. otherwise, the eurail was quite fantastic throughout our journey in Netherlands, Belgium , Switzerland and Germany    Convenience

    "average"

      Cristina m.  07/05/2014
    the train was a little old and you couldn´t sit because the space between the beds is very small so you had to be laying the whole time even if you are not sleeping yet.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Delightful"

      Kushagra s.  30/04/2014
    Very nice journey, felt safe and comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience

    "berlin trip"

      Sophie m.  29/04/2014
    nice trip, train on time. not enough time to get out the train in Berlin Spandau and the announcement were not clear. we missed the station and stopped at Berlin HBF    Value for money  Convenience

    "Poor meal"

      Tsoi w.  26/04/2014
    Everything was good except the meal.    Value for money  Convenience

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