The sleeper train from Berlin to Budapest

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Berlin to Bratislava & Budapest overnight

Every night, a comfortable Hungarian Railways EuroNight sleeper train called the Metropol links Berlin with Bratislava & Budapest.  The train has a comfortable air-conditioned Hungarian sleeping-car with 1, 2 or 3 berth compartments with washbasin and an air-conditioned Hungarian couchette car with bunks in 4 & 6 berth compartments, ideal for families.  City centre to city centre overnight, it saves time compared to flying and saves a hotel bill.

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Train times 2024

 Berlin ► Budapest


 Budapest ► Berlin

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 Berlin Hbf depart:


 Budapest Nyugati depart:


 Dresden Hbf depart:


 Bratislava Hlavna depart:


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 Budapest Nyugati arrive:


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What's the sleeping-car like?

The Berlin-Budapest portion of this train has one Hungarian sleeping-car.  Inside the sleeping-car it's air-conditioned, carpeted, quiet and civilised.  The sleeping-car has a side corridor off which open 10 sleeper compartments.  Each compartment can be sold as a 1, 2 or 3 bed room with upper, middle & lower berths folded out as required.  Luggage goes in the big recess above the door to the corridor.  The compartments have normal locks plus a security deadbolt which can only be locked & unlocked from inside.  There's crisp clean bedding, a washbasin, soap, towel, bottled water, fruit juice.

When you board, you'll find a complimentary fruit juice in your compartment and (if you have a single-bed sleeper) an individual bottle of Hungarian sparkling wine.  Morning tea or coffee and a light breakfast are included in the fare, you're given a menu in the evening and can choose 7 items from the list.  You can pay extra items if you want additional items.

This route is scheduled to use one of Hungarian Railways CAF sleeping-cars as shown below, occasionally they use one built by DWA instead as shown here.

Sleeper berths are sold individually, if you don't want to pay for a single-bed sleeper you can book one bed in a 2 or 3 berth and share with another passenger of the same gender.  Compartments are single-sex unless your party occupies the whole compartment.  An excellent way to travel.

EuroNight sleeper train from Budapest to Berlin

The sleeping-car from Budapest to Berlin about to leave Budapest Nyugati on a summer evening.

Sleeper corridor   2-bed sleeper from Berlin to Budapest   Washbasin in sleeper train from Berlin to Budapest

Sleeper corridor.

Sleeper, set up as a 2-berth.

Washbasin & bottled water.

Single sleeper in the train from Berlin to Budapest   Complimentary sparkling wine   Single sleeper at night, Berlin to Budapest

Single sleeper, corridor side.

Sparkling wine (single only).


Breakfast in the Berlin to Budapest sleeper train   Sleeper from Berlin to Budapest set up for day use

Breakfast, included in the fare.

Sleeper with seats set up for morning use.

What's the couchette car like?

The train also has a comfortable couchette car, with a side corridor and 9 compartments, each of which can be sold as 4-berth or 6-berth.  Clean sheets and a pillow are provided, the doors have a normal lock and security lock or chain, there are several European-type 2-pin 240v power outlets in each compartment.  Toilets and washrooms at the end of the corridor.  Couchette compartments are not segregated by gender, as you do not normally get fully undressed.  See generic couchette car numbering plan.  Click the interior image for larger photo.

Hungarian couchette car from Budapest to Berlin   6-berth couchettes on Budapest-Berlin train

The couchette car to Berlin at Budapest Nyugati.

4 or 6-berth couchette compartment.

Travel tips

Route map

Berlin to Budapest sleeper train route map


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Highlighted = Berlin-Budapest sleeper route.

Green = scenic sections of line.

This sleeper has been routed through Poland over the last few years, but returned to its original route through Dresden & Prague from December 2023.

European Rail Timetable and mapReproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, with shipping worldwide.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets

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