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This page explains how to travel by train from Luxembourg to other key European cities, and how to buy tickets the cheapest way.  Train information is current for 2021.

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Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  Click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

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Guide to Interrail passes (for Europeans)

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What to do when things go wrong...


Train travel within Luxembourg...

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Luxembourg to London from €81...

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Luxembourg to Paris from €25...
TGV to Paris at Luxembourg   TGV bar car

A TGV to Paris at Luxembourg.  There's no check-in, you just walk up to it & get on.

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes.  Larger photo.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class are arranged 2+2 across car width.  See 360 degree photo.

 

1st class seats are arranged 2+1 across the car width.  See 360 degree photo.

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Luxembourg to Lyon, Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier, Cannes, Nice from €35...

Option 1, by high-speed TGV avoiding Paris - the easiest option for Dijon, Lyon, and the South of France...

Option 2, via Paris - works for all French destinations, involves changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi...

Option 3, Luxembourg to Toulon, Cannes, Antibes & Nice, using the Paris-Nice overnight train...

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Luxembourg to Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Colmar...

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Luxembourg to Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp for €28.20...
Belgian intercity train from Brussels to Luxembourg

A Belgian intercity (IC) train at Brussels Midi about to leave for Luxembourg...

2nd class 1st class

2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

1st class seats.  Larger photo.

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Luxembourg to Amsterdam from €35.90...

Option 1, by IC train to Brussels & high-speed Thalys to Amsterdam - fastest & most comfortable, but inflexible, expensive at short notice.

Option 2, by IC trains - the cheap & flexible option, but slower...

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

Standard seats.  Larger photo.

Comfort or Premium.  Larger photo.

A Thalys at Brussels...

Brussels-Luxembourg train at Brussels Midi 2nd class 1st class

A modern air-conditioned InterCity train from Brussels to Luxembourg...

2nd class on the IC train from Brussels to Luxembourg.  Larger photo.

1st class on the IC train from Brussels to Luxembourg.  Larger photo.

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Luxembourg to Rotterdam, Utrecht & other cities in the Netherlands...

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Luxembourg to Basel, Zurich, Geneva & Switzerland from €37.90...

Option 1, via Metz, Strasbourg & Basel - the fastest & most direct route...

Option 2, via Koblenz & Basel - slower but much cheaper & easier to book, with through tickets...

Option 3, Luxembourg to Geneva using the direct Luxembourg-Lyon TGVs - longer,  simplest option for Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux...

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Luxembourg to Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples & Italy...

Option 1, via Paris...

TGV bar car   TGV from Milan to Paris

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

 

The afternoon TGV from Paris to Milan at the Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in to worry about...

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

Mountains from the TGV train to Italy

The TGV from Paris to Italy slows right down through the Alps.  These are autumnal mountains in France.  More photos & video guide.

Option 2, via Basel...

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Luxembourg to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain...

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

Paris to Barcelona by TGV Duplex. Here, a TGV Duplex is boarding at Paris Gare de Lyon.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.

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Luxembourg to San Sebastian from €63...

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Luxembourg to Lisbon & Portugal...
To Morocco by train...   En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet

The Sud Express, about to leave Irun on the Franco-Spanish frontier, bound for Lisbon...  Courtesy of Ron Baker See panorama photo...

 

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with seats folded out...

 

....return from the bar to find the beds made up...

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...

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Luxembourg to Andorra...

Option 1, Luxembourg to Andorra in a day...

Option 2, using the Paris-Toulouse-l'Hospitalet overnight train...

  • Step 2, take the Intercité de Nuit couchette train leaving Paris Gare d'Austerlitz at 22:12 and arriving l'Hospitalet pres l'Andorre at 08:46.

    This train has 1st class 4-berth couchettes, 2nd class 6-berth couchettes & reclining seats.

    Fares start at €35 including a couchette.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this train at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com (both easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or en.oui.sncf (more fiddly, in €, no fee).  Booking should open up to 4 months ahead, but for this night train, often less than that.  You print your own ticket or can choose a mobile ticket.

Intercite de nuit overnight train   Intercite de nuit couchette

The intercité de nuit overnight train from Paris to Latour de Carol has 1st class 4-berth & 2nd class 6-berth couchettes, each with lightweight sleeping-bag & mineral water...

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Luxembourg to Trier & Koblenz...
  • Regional trains link Luxembourg with Trier & Koblenz every hour taking 52 minutes to Trier & 2h24 to Koblenz.

  • Luxembourg to Trier costs €4.90 in 2nd class, €10.80 in 1st class.

    Luxembourg to Koblenz costs €24 in 2nd class or €47.80 in 1st class.

  • Check times & buy tickets at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.

  • No reservation is necessary or possible, you can just turn up, buy a ticket and hop on the next train.  It can't sell out!

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Luxembourg to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin & Germany...
  • Hourly regional express trains link Luxembourg with Koblenz in 2h24, connecting with trains to towns & cities all over Germany.

  • Advance-purchase fares start at €18.90 in 2nd class or €27.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • Buy tickets from Luxembourg to anywhere in Germany at the German Railways website www.bahn.de and print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  Avoid any journeys shown in the search results as including a 'bus' as this is indeed just a bus and not a train.  To de-clutter the search results by removing journeys involving a bus, click Add intermediate stops before running the enquiry and enter Igel as a via station, leaving stopover duration as 00:00.

    Tip:  There's a direct train from Luxembourg to Cologne & Dusseldorf every day at 06:13.  It's composed of a Luxembourg Railways double-deck train.

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Luxembourg to Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Vienna...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

  • Luxembourg to Munich takes as little as 6h56.  Even Luxembourg to Vienna can be done on a day, with morning departure and evening arrival, most of the journey uses superb ICE trains with restaurant car.

  • Luxembourg to Munich starts at €27.90 in 2nd class or €56.90 in 1st class.

    Luxembourg to Vienna starts at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.

    Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • Buy tickets at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  Avoid any journeys shown in the search results as including a bus as this is indeed just a bus and not a train.  To de-clutter the search results by removing journeys involving a bus, simply click Add intermediate stops before running the enquiry and enter Trier as a via station, leaving stopover duration as 00:00.

Option 2, by Nightjet sleeper train...

  • Step 1, travel from Luxembourg to Koblenz on the 18:33 regional train - or perhaps take the 17:33 and have dinner in Koblenz.

    The fare is €24 in 2nd class or €47.80 in 1st class.

    Buy a ticket at the station on the day or at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  You might prefer taking the 17:32 to Cologne with advance-purchase fares from €27.90, then you can board the sleeper earlier, at 22:16.

  • Step 2, travel from Koblenz to Munich, Innsbruck or Vienna by Nightjet sleeper train, leaving Koblenz Hbf at 23:46 and arriving Munich Hbf 07:11, Innsbruck 09:14 and (a separate portion) Vienna Hbf 09:19.  Change in Wels for a railjet train to Salzburg, arriving 08:48.

    Each portion of this comfortable Austrian Nightjet train has an air-conditioned Comfortline sleeping-car with nine 1, 2 & 3-berth standard compartments with washbasin and three 1, 2 or 3-berth deluxe compartments with shower & toilet. There are toilets & a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.  The sleeping-car attendant can serve drinks, snacks & light meals from a room service menu.  The train has couchette cars with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and ordinary seats.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.  See the Nightjet page for a guide to on-board accommodation, travel tips, photos & video.

    Fares start at €49.90 in 6-berth couchettes, €59.90 in 4-berth couchettes, €69.90 in a 3-bed sleeper, €89.90 in a 2-bed sleeper or €139.90 in a single-bed sleeper all to yourself. The sleeper & couchette fares include a light breakfast with tea or coffee in the morning.

    Book this train at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a bit more fiddly, same prices). Booking opens up to 6 months ahead and you print your own ticket.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

A Nightjet sleeper train at Vienna.  More information about Nightjet trains.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car on the Nightjet train...

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Luxembourg to Copenhagen & Denmark from €37.90...
  • Fares from Luxembourg to Copenhagen start at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • Book from Luxembourg to Copenhagen at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  If you want to stop in Hamburg overnight, click Add intermediate stops, enter Hamburg Hbf and a suitable stopover duration, say 10 hours.  Adjust the departure time and stopover duration to get the trains you want either side of Hamburg.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

The late afternoon Hamburg-Copenhagen IC3 leaving platform 5 at Hamburg Hbf on a busy summer day.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Hamburg-Copenhagen journey.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Boarding a Danish IC3 train at Hamburg Hbf...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train to Copenhagen at Hamburg.

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Luxembourg to Malmo, Gothenburg, Stockholm & Sweden from €59.90...
  • German Railways sell through tickets from Luxembourg to Malmo from €49.90, Gothenburg or Stockholm from €59.90.

  • Step 1, travel from Luxembourg to Hamburg Hbf with one easy change at Koblenz.  There are various departures, check times at www.bahn.de.

  • Stay overnight in Hamburg.  The Hotel Reichshoff Hamburg is just 200m from the station, features art deco-based design and gets great reviews.  Other hotels next to Hamburg Hbf with good reviews include the Hotel Continental Novum, Hotel Furst Bismarck, Hotel Europaischer Hof, Hotel Atlantic Kempinski.  If you're on a budget, book a private room in the A&O Hotel at www.hostelworld.com.

  • Step 2, travel from Hamburg to Copenhagen by Danish Intercity train, leaving Hamburg Hbf at 08:55 and arriving Copenhagen at 13:33.

  • Step 3 for Malmö, travel from Copenhagen to Malmö Central on the next Öresund train, these leave every 20-30 minutes taking 39 minutes.

    Step 3 for Gothenburg, travel from Copenhagen to Gothenburg on the next hourly Öresund train, taking 3h53.

    Step 3 for Stockholm, travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm by X2000 train leaving Copenhagen at 14:19 & arriving Stockholm Central 19:36.

  • Book from Luxembourg to Malmo, Gothenburg or Stockholm at the German Railways website www.bahn.de, but read the tips below!

    For Gothenburg, enter Göteborg Central.  To get the overnight stop in Hamburg, click Add intermediate stops, enter Hamburg Hbf and a suitable stopover duration, say 10 hours.

    Look for journeys with the fewest changes.  Adjust the departure time & stopover duration to get the trains you want either side of Hamburg, this can take a bit of trial & error to get sensibly-timed connections with the fewest possible changes on both days.

    If all else fails, use www.bahn.de to book Luxembourg to Hamburg on day 1, then book Hamburg to Malmo, Gothenburg or Stockholm as a separate ticket on day 2.  This may cost a little more than buying a through ticket, that's all.

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on a Danish IC3 train

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train...

2nd class seats on a Danish IC3 train   IC3 train to Copenhagen at Hamburg

2nd class seats on an IC3 train...

 

Boarding a train to Copenhagen in Hamburg.

125 mph tilting 'SJ2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station SJ2000 2nd class seats

A Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train boarding at Copenhagen main station...

 

2nd class seats on an X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

SJ2000 train   SJ2000 buffet car seating area   SJ2000 self-service buffet car.

X2000 bistro car...

 

X2000 bistro car seating area...

 

Bistro self-service...

Winter scenery fro a Copenhagen-Stockholm train

Winter scenery from a train between Copenhagen & Stockholm. Courtesy of Radoslav Sharapanov

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Luxembourg to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, by train via Copenhagen - the fastest option...

Option 2, using the Color Line cruise ferry from Kiel to Oslo - the luxury option...

  • Day 1, travel from Luxembourg to Kiel in northern Germany on any departure you like, for example leaving Luxembourg at 12:32, change at Koblenz & Hamburg Hbf, arriving Kiel Hbf at 21:32.  It's not possible to reach Kiel in time to check in for that same day's sailing.

    Fares start at €24.90 in 2nd class or €56.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

  • Stay overnight in Kiel.  The InterCity Hotel Kiel gets good reviews, is relatively inexpensive and is right next to the station and a few minutes walk from the ferry.  The B&B Hotel Kiel City is also next to the station with good reviews, and is even cheaper.  For something upmarket, the Atlantic Hotel Kiel gets great reviews and is in Bahnhofsplatz in front of the station.

    In Kiel the Color Line ferry terminal is just a 5-6 minute walk from Kiel Hbf.

  • Day 2, sail from Kiel to Oslo by luxurious overnight Color Line ferry, with a full range of en suite cabins, suites, bars, restaurants and lounges.  The m/v Magic or m/v Fantasy normally sails at 14:00 arriving Oslo at 10:00 next morning (Day 3 from Luxembourg). 

    Check times & buy tickets using the Direct Ferries website or at www.colorline.com.

    Make sure you're on deck next morning as the ship sails through spectacular scenery up Oslo Fjord.  The ship docks at the modern Color Line terminal about 2 km from the city centre.  Color Line provide transfer buses to Oslo Sentral station costing 55 krone, or there are plenty of taxis.  If you have little luggage it's possible to walk.  See map of Oslo showing ferry terminal.

Germany to Oslo Color Line ferry at Kiel

This photo is taken from the exit of Kiel station, so you can see how close the ferry is.  It's a 5-6 minute walk across the harbour, with a street lift up to a connecting walkway which takes you to the ferry terminal. If you have reserved one of what Color Line call their "5 star suites", check in at the desk rather than the machines and you'll be directed to a special lounge to wait with free tea, coffee, juice, snacks & WiFi.  You'll also have priority boarding of the ship.  Photos courtesy of Andrew Leo.

Boarding the ferry in Kiel

Boarding the Color Line ferry to Oslo in Kiel...

Kiel to Oslo ferry, Color Class suite   Kiel to Oslo ferry, restaurant

A 5 Star Suite on the ferry...

 

More cruise liner than ferry!  The restaurant.

View from Color Line ferry to Oslo

Wake up to this....

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Luxembourg to Helsinki & Finland...

Option 1, using a Finnlines ferry from Germany to Helsinki - the easiest option...

  • Day 1, travel from Luxembourg to Hamburg by Regional train & ICE train, leaving Luxembourg at 09:32 and arriving Hamburg Hbf 17:29.

    Fares start at €27.90 in 2nd class or €56.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this train at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.

  •  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.
  • Day 1, transfer from Hamburg Hbf to the Travemünde ferry terminal by local train+bus and sail from Travemünde to Helsinki with Finnlines.

    Finnlines sail from Travemünde in northern Germany to Helsinki every day, boarding from 22:30 to 24:00 and arriving Helsinki Vuosaari ferry terminal at 09:00 2 nights later (Day 3 from Frankfurt).  See the Trains from Hamburg page for full details.

    Check sailing dates, times & book the ferry at www.finnlines.com or using the Direct Ferries website.

  • Book onward trains within Finland at the Finnish Railways website www.vr.fi.

Finnlines Star class ferry to Helsinki   Cabin on the Finnlines ferry to Helsinki

One of Finnlines 3 star class ferries to Helsinki.  Courtesy of Finnlines.

 

Cabin on the ferry...

Option 2, by train to Stockholm, then ferry to Helsinki...

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Luxembourg to Prague from €37.90...
  • You can do this journey in a single day, or split it up with an overnight stop in Germany.

  • Fares start at €37.90 in 2nd class or €56.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • Buy tickets at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  In the search results, avoid anything shown as including a 'bus'.

    Tip:  You'll see options with 3 changes via Koblenz, Nuremberg & Cheb, these are a good choice.  See the Prague via Cheb page for more photos & information about the journey to Prague via Nuremberg &, Cheb.

    Tip:  To add an overnight stop, perhaps in Nuremberg, click Add intermediate stops and enter Nuremberg with a suitable stopover duration, say 12 hours or more.

    Tip:  Enjoy the Rhine valley scenery from Koblenz southwards as far as Mainz, see the Rails Down the Rhine page for photos, tips & information.  You want to sit on the left hand side of the train south from Koblenz.

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Luxembourg to Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Ljubljana & Zagreb, ...
  • Step 1, travel from Luxembourg to Koblenz on the 18:33 regional train - or perhaps take the 17:33 and have dinner in Koblenz.

    The fare is €24 in 2nd class or €47.80 in 1st class, fixed-price, unlimited availability.

    Buy a ticket at the station on the day or at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.

    Tip:  You could take the 17:32 to Cologne with advance-purchase fares from €27.90, then you can board the sleeper earlier, at 22:16.

  • Step 2, travel from Koblenz to Munich or Vienna by Nightjet sleeper train, leaving Koblenz at 23:46 and arriving Vienna Hbf at 09:19.  Another portion of this train goes to Munich Hbf arriving 07:11.

    Each portion of this comfortable Austrian Nightjet train has an air-conditioned Comfortline sleeping-car with nine 1, 2 & 3-berth standard compartments with washbasin and three 1, 2 or 3-berth deluxe compartments with shower & toilet. There are toilets & a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.  The sleeping-car attendant can serve drinks, snacks & light meals from a room service menu.  The train has couchette cars with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and ordinary seats.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.  See the Nightjet page for a guide to on-board accommodation, travel tips, photos & video.

    Fares start at €49.90 in 6-berth couchettes, €59.90 in 4-berth couchettes, €69.90 in a 3-bed sleeper, €89.90 in a 2-bed sleeper or €139.90 in a single-bed sleeper, all per person per berth.

    Book this train at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a bit more fiddly, same prices). Booking opens up to 6 months ahead and you print your own ticket.

  • For Bratislava, book the nightjet to Vienna, then take a regional express train from Vienna Hbf to Bratislava Hlavna, these leave everyn hour taking 1h07, fare €11.20, you can buy this at the station on the day or at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

  • For Budapest, book the nightjet to Vienna, then take the 10:42 EuroCity train from Vienna Hbf to Budapest Keleti arriving 13:19.  Add a Vienna-Budapest ticket from €19.90 in 2nd class or €29.90 in 1st class at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.  You print your own ticket.

  • For Ljubljana or Zagreb, book the nightjet to Munich and add a Munich-Ljubljana or Munich-Zagreb ticket from €39.90 at www.bahn.de.  There's usually a train leaving Munich Hbf at 08:17 for Ljubljana & Zagreb.  Change in Zagreb for Split & Dubrovnik, see details here.

  • For Bucharest & Romania, first travel to Budapest as shown above, then take the sleeper train Ister to Brasov & Bucharest as shown here.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

A Nightjet sleeper train at Vienna.  More information about Nightjet trains.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car on the Nightjet train...

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Luxembourg to Belgrade, Sofia, Montenegro...

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Luxembourg to Warsaw & Krakow from €37.90...

Option 1, Luxembourg to Warsaw in a day...

  • Leave Luxembourg at 06:13, change at Cologne Hbf and Berlin Ostbahnhof, arriving Warsaw Centralna at 21:09.

    Luxembourg to Cologne is by Luxembourg Railways double-deck air-conditioned regional train.  Cologne to Berlin is by superb high-speed ICE2 train with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Berlin to Warsaw is by air-conditioned EuroCity train with restaurant car.

  • Fares start at €49.90 in 2nd class or €79.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • Buy tickets at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.  Booking to Poland opens 60 days ahead, you print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

Option 2, Luxembourg to Warsaw or Krakow with an overnight stop in Berlin - breaks up the journey...

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Luxembourg to Kiev & Moscow...

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Luxembourg to Athens & Greece...

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Luxembourg to Istanbul & Turkey...

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bullet pointHotels in Luxembourg

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favourite hotel search site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally prefer booking my hotels all in one place here.  You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.  I never book hotels non-refundably.  I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with anything over 8.0.

Tip:  It can pay to compare prices across multiple hotel sites:  HotelsCombined.com is a price comparison site which compares hotel prices on Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others.  Though if there's not much in it, I prefer keeping all my bookings together in one place at www.booking.com.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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Columbus direct travel insurance

 

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Always take out travel insurance...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

UK flagIn the UK, reliable insurers include Columbus Direct.

UK flagIf you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

UK flagYou can use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

  Australian flag New Zealand flag  Irish flag    If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  US flag If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

A Curve card saves on foreign transaction fees...

 

Curve card

Most banks give you a poor exchange rate, then charge you a currency conversion fee.  A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month at time of writing.  The balance goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.

How it works:  1. Download the app for iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to most European addresses including the UK.  3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, just like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance onto whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose.  You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.

I have a Curve Blue card myself - I get some commission if you sign up to Curve, but I'm recommending it here because it's great.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card - they'll give you £5 cashback through that link, too.

 

Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy and I use it myself - I've signed up as an ExpressVPN affiliate, and if you go with expressvpn.com using the links on this page, you should see a special deal, 3 months free with an annual subscription, and I get a small commission to help support this site.

 


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