The EuroNight train Jan Kiepura from Amsterdam to Warsaw, at Amsterdam centraal

The EuroNight train Jan Kiepura to Warsaw.

Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris to Warsaw by sleeper train...

No airports, no flights, and saves a hotel bill too!

The best way to travel from Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam to Warsaw is by train, time-effectively using the high-quality EuroNight sleeper train Jan Kiepura from Cologne to Warsaw.  The Cologne-Warsaw sleeper train features a safe & comfortable sleeping-car and economical couchettes that can save you a hotel bill.  The deluxe sleepers even have a private toilet & shower.  It has cheap fares & easy online booking with print-at-home tickets.  No airport security hassle, no delayed flights, city centre departures & arrivals, and it's far better for the environment than a flight...  You can often just walk from Warsaw Centralna station to your hotel next morning!  The train is run jointly by German & Polish railways.  For connections to or from London, see the London to Warsaw page.

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Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne ► Warsaw

Warsaw ► Cologne, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris

Connections to Krakow...

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What's it like on board the Jan Kiepura?  Which type of couchette or sleeper to choose?

The sleeping-car  is the most civilised & comfortable way to travel, so if you're not on a tight budget, pay the modest amount extra for a proper sleeper if you can.  One or two modern air-conditioned Polish sleeping-cars are attached to the Jan Kiepura, each with 8 standard compartments and 2 deluxe compartments.  The standard compartments can be used as 1, 2 or 3 bed rooms with washbasin.  The deluxe compartments can be used as 1 or 2 bed rooms with private shower & toilet.  Couchettes are the economy option, simple bunks supplied with sheet, rug & pillow, great for families or groups of friends or individual travellers on a budget.  A berth in a less crowded 4-berth compartment is well worth the extra over a berth in a 6-berth compartment, the 4-berth compartments are the same size as the 6-berth rooms, but with fewer passengers per room.  The reclining seats on this train are equipped to first class standards, but the best advice is to always book a couchette or sleeper for a safe & sound night's sleep, even if you're on a budget.  An InterCity cafe car operates between Berlin & Warsaw, for breakfast when travelling Cologne to Warsaw, dinner when travelling Warsaw to Cologne.  See these travel tips...

1 or 2 berth deluxe sleeper with shower & toilet...

The Jan Kiepura EuroNight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

The Jan Kiepura sleeper train from Cologne to Warsaw. This is one of the modern Polish sleeping-cars.

 

Deluxe sleeper, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...

1, 2 or 3 berth standard sleeper with shower & toilet...

3-bed sleeper on the train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   3-bed sleeper on the Jan Kiepura EuroNight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   Standard sleeper in daytime mode with seats folded out   Standard sleeper washbasin

Standard sleeper, set up as a 3-berth compartment.

 

Standard sleeper, this time set up as single-berth room

 

Standard sleeper in daytime mode with seats folded out...

 

The washbasin & toilet cabinet...

4-berth & 6-berth couchettes...

Couchettes are basic, inexpensive sleeping accommodation.  6-berth couchettes have six padded bunks per compartment (upper, middle & lower each side of the compartment), 4-berth couchettes have four bunks (upper and lower each side).  A pillow, sheet and blanket are supplied, and each berth has its own reading light.  Washrooms & toilets are available at the end of the corridor.  The extra space and privacy in a 4-berth is well worth the extra cost over travelling in a 6-berth.  By day, a couchette compartment is an ordinary seating compartment, with two bench seats facing each other.  At night, the attendant converts the compartment into a sleeping berths by folding bunks out from the wall.  The sexes aren't normally segregated in couchettes as you don't normally fully undress, but women travelling alone can book a berth in a ladies-only compartment if they like.  All couchette compartments have a normal lock and a security lock on the door which cannot be opened from outside, even with a staff key, so you'll be safe and snug.  There's plenty of space for luggage under the bottom bunks, on the racks and in the big recess above the door which projects out over the corridor ceiling.  There is no restaurant or buffet car, but the couchette attendant may be able to sell you tea, coffee, wine, beer & soft drinks.  The attendant will take your ticket so you are not disturbed during the night, and will return them next morning.  There are no longer any passport checks between Germany & Poland.  Information on how couchette berths are numberedSee the travel tips here.

A couchette car on the Jan Kiepura EuroNight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   4-berth couchettes on the train from Amsterdam & Cologne to Warsaw   6-berth couchettes on the train from Amsterdam & Cologne to Warsaw

A couchette car on the Jan Kiepura train to Warsaw.

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

6-berth couchettes...

Reclining seats...

This EuroNight train also has reclining seats, sometimes referred to as 'sleeperettes'.  Although cheap and furnished to first class standards with a 40 degree recline, travelling overnight in a seat with nowhere to lie down properly, no attendant on duty and no locked compartment, is not recommended.  Always book a couchette or sleeper for a comfortable and safe journey.

Destination board inside the Jan Kiepura train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   The Polish reclining seats on the Jan Kiepura EuroNight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw

A destination board on the Jan Kiepura...  The train ran direct to/from Amsterdam until December 2014.

 

The Polish sleeperette reclining seats on the Jan Kiepura...  However, I strongly recommend a couchette.

Food & catering on board...

Sleeper passengers on the Jan Kiepura Amsterdam to Warsaw train get a complimentary tea or coffee and light breakfast   An InterCity cafe car is attached to the Jan Kiepura between Berlin & Warsaw

In the sleeper, a very simple light breakfast is included in the fare.  Feel free to bring your own beer, wine or picnic, it's allowed!

 

...but why not have a cooked breakfast for a few euros in the InterCity cafe car?  The cafe serves breakfast on the way from Cologne to Warsaw and dinner on the way from Warsaw to Cologne.

Travel tips...


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