Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train
 

Nightjet is the name for Austrian Railways sleeper trains linking Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Paris, Brussels & Amsterdam

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Nightjet, the New Generation

33 brand new Nightjet trains are being built by Siemens for BB's (Austrian Railways) Nightjet sleeper service.  The first of these innovative new trains will enter service from the timetable change in December 2023, on the Hamburg-Vienna/Innsbruck route.  Each train has 7 cars:  2 sleeping-cars, 3 couchette cars, 1 multi-function car with seats, luggage space & accessible sleeper compartment, and 1 seats car.  This page explains the accommodation & features of the new trains.

small bullet point  Sleepers

small bullet point  Couchettes & Mini-cabins

small bullet point  Wheelchair-accessible sleepers

small bullet point  Seats & luggage area

small bullet point  Travel tips    

small bullet point  Fares & how to buy tickets   

For travel in conventional Nightjet trains, see the regular Nightjet page.

Which routes will get these new trains?

small bullet point  Hamburg - Vienna, starting 10 December 2023

small bullet point  Hamburg - Munich & Innsbruck, starting 10 December 2023

All other Nightjet routes use conventional Nightjet rolling stock, see the Nightjet page.

Sleeping-cars

Each 7-car new generation Nightjet train has two sleeping-cars, each with 9 compartments.  One compartment is Comfort Plus with 2 transverse beds, a little more floor space and en suite toilet with separate shower cubicle.  8 are Comfort with 2 beds alongside the window and an en suite toilet with retractable shower wand.  Fixed ladders and no need to convert beds to seats are great improvements over conventional sleepers.  All sleeper compartments can be sold as a single or double.

New-generation Nightjet train

Sleeping-car comfort plus

There are just two comfort plus sleeper compartments per train, one in each sleeping-car, with 2 fixed beds (berth numbers 11 & 12), small table & chair, and a private toilet with separate shower cubicle.  The beds come fully made up with sheets, pillow, duvet.  Soap & towels are provided.  The beds are 192cm (6'4") long.

An LED control panel lets you adjust temperature, lighting, multi-coloured mood lighting and there's an attendant call button.  There are power outlets (European 2-pin 230v type) and USB port at the head end of each bed and free WiFi.  The room can be locked from outside with a hotel-style NFC card.

A complimentary individual bottle of Austrian sparkling wine and small bottle of water are provided.  An la carte breakfast is included, served in your compartment, you pick 6 items from a breakfast menu in the evening.  The sleeper attendant can provide room service of tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks & light snacks during the journey, or feel free to take your own bottle of wine or picnic on board.

Comfort Plus sleeper in new generation Nightjet train   Comfort Plus sleeper in new generation Nightjet train

Sleeping-car comfort plus compartment.  The beds are arranged across the car in the comfort plus compartment.

Comfort Plus control panel in new generation Nightjet train   Comfort Plus shower & toilet in new generation Nightjet train   Sleeper corridor in new generation Nightjet train

Control panel, en suite shower & toilet, corridor.

Sleeping-car comfort

Each of the two sleeping-cars has 8 comfort sleeper compartments with 2 fixed beds, a small table & chair, and private toilet with retractable shower wand.  The beds come fully made up with sheets, pillow and duvet.  Soap & towels are provided.  The beds are 190cm (6'3") long.

An LED control panel lets you adjust temperature, lighting, multi-coloured mood lighting and there's an attendant call button.  There are power outlets (European 2-pin 230v type) and USB port at the head end of each bed and free WiFi.  The room can be locked from outside with a hotel-style NFC card.

A complimentary individual bottle of Austrian sparkling wine and small bottle of water are provided for each passenger.  An la carte breakfast is included, served in your compartment, you pick 6 items from a breakfast menu in the evening.  The sleeper attendant can provide room service of tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks & light snacks during the journey, or feel free to take your own bottle of wine or picnic on board.

Comfort sleeper in new generation Nightjet train   Comfort sleeper in new generation Nightjet train

Sleeping-car comfort compartment.  The beds are arranged alongside the window in the comfort sleepers.

Comfort shower & toilet in new generation Nightjet train   Comfort shower & toilet in new generation Nightjet train   Sleeper corridor in new generation Nightjet train

In the comfort sleepers, the shower & toilet is a wet room, with retractable shower wand.

Couchettes comfort

Each 7-car train has 3 couchette cars.  Each couchette car has three 4-berth couchette compartments and 28 mini cabins.  Each berth comes with a fresh clean pillow, double-sheet & blanket which you arrange yourself.  Each berth has a reading light, power outlet (European 230v 2-pin type) and USB port and there's free WiFi. Luggage goes in a big space underneath the lower berths.  Room lighting & temperature are controlled from an LED panel, a blind covers the window at night.  There's a toilet and washroom at the end of the corridor.  A light breakfast is included, usually 2 rolls, jam & coffee.  The berths are 191cm (6'3") long.

You can book one berth and share with other passengers, or you can book a whole compartment for your family or group.  The sexes aren't usually segregated in couchettes, but women travelling alone can book a berth in a women-only compartment.  In couchettes, you don't normally fully undress but if your family or group have sole occupancy there's no reason why you can't.

The attendant sells tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks & light snacks during the journey, or feel free to take your own bottle of wine or picnic on board.

4-berth couchette in new generation Nightjet train   4-berth couchette in new generation Nightjet train

Two views of a 4-berth couchette compartment.

4-berth couchette corridor   Toilet in new generation Nightjet train

There are toilets & washrooms at the end of the corridor.

Mini Cabins

Mini cabins are the greatest innovation in these new trains.  They are fully-enclosed lockable individual sleeping pods for one person, at a fare much cheaper than a single-bed sleeper.  Each 7-car train has 3 couchette cars, each has 28 mini cabins arranged in seven bays of 4, two upper, two lower (in addition to the three 4-berth couchette compartments).  Think Japanese capsule hotel!

Each mini cabin has a fresh clean pillow, double-sheet & blanket which you arrange yourself.  There's a reading light, power outlet (European 230v 2-pin type), USB port, wireless charging pad for mobile phones and free WiFi.  The mini cabins lock using a hotel-style NFC card.  The mini cabins are 188cm (6'2") long.

There's an adjustable table which folds down and slides along a rail, I'm 6' 2" and can easily sit up and type on a laptop on the table in my mini-cabin.  There's a folding divider at the head end of each mini cabin which can be opened if a companion is travelling in the adjacent mini cabin.  There's a small window with blind.

An LED control panel in each mini-cabin lets you adjust lighting, including multi-coloured mood lighting.  It also has an attendant call button.

There's a toilet and washroom at the end of the corridor, the LED control panel shows you whether the toilets are free or occupied.  There are tip-up seats in the corridor if you want to sit outside your mini cabin.  A light breakfast is included, 2 rolls, jam & coffee.

Luggage in mini cabins:  Next to each mini-cabin is a locker for shoes and a luggage locker big enough for a cabin size bag (58cm x 46cm x 27cm by my own measurement).  The lockers are locked & unlocked using the same contactless NFC card that locks your mini cabin.  If you book a lower mini-cabin there's also a hidden luggage compartment under the mattress, (103cm x 47cm x about 25cm by my own measurement).  Larger items can be placed in the baggage car and locked with wire cables that are also secured using contactless NFC cards.

Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train   Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train

Mini cabins shown open & closed, with adjacent lockers.  They lock with an NFC card held against the dark grey locking panel, like a hotel room.

Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train   Inside a mini-cabin in the new generation Nightjet train   Adjustable ambient lighting in a mini-cabin in the new generation Nightjet train

At the head end, a divider to the next mini-cabin can be opened if you're travelling with a friend.  Note the control panel, power outlet and wireless charging pad.  Above right, playing with the ambient lighting!

Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train   Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train   Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train

Pillow, sheet & blanket are provided.  A light breakfast is included.  Above centre, each mini-cabin gets a secure locker that fits a cabin bag  (58cm x 46cm x 27cm), operated with an NFC card.  Above right, there's also a well-hidden extra luggage compartment under the mattress in the lower mini-cabins (103cm x 47cm x about 25cm).

New generation Nightjet couchette car

The couchette cars are easily recognisable on this side by the 3 couchette compartment windows then the double row of mini cabin windows.  Photo taken at the BB technical centre in Vienna.  The lower mini-cabins have a slightly larger window, as well as the extra luggage compartment under the mattress.

Wheelchair-accessible sleeper

Each train has one multi-function car with a low-floor area in the centre.  In the low-floor area there's a level-access entrance door, an accessible toilet and wheelchair accessible 4-berth couchette compartment for up to 2 people in wheelchairs plus up to 2 companions.  Generally, the beds are set up as couchettes with sheets, pillow and blanket provided, but service is as for a sleeper with complimentary individual bottle of Austrian sparkling wine and an la carte breakfast, you choose 6 items from a breakfast menu in the evening.

Wheelchair-accessible 4-berth sleeper in new generation Nightjet train   Wheelchair-accessible 4-berth sleeper in new generation Nightjet train

Two views of the spacious 4-berth accessible sleeper compartment.  An accessible toilet is adjacent.

Multi-function car in new generation Nightjet train   Wheelchair-accessible toilet in new generation Nightjet train

The multi-function car, note the low-floor section in the centre of the car with level boarding.

Seat car & luggage area

Each train has a seats car at one end of the 7-car train, with a smaller section of seats in the adjacent multi-function car.  Some of the seats are raised, so luggage can go underneath.  The multi-function car also has a large luggage area, with cable ties to secure bags, locked with an NFC card.

Seats car in new generation Nightjet train   Luggage racks in the multi-function car

Seats car, and (above right) the luggage area in the multi-function car.

Luggage rack with cable locked with an NFC card   Instructions for securing luggage using an NFC card

Luggage can be secured with cables that lock using an NFC card.

Area for bikes & skis in multi-function car   Information screen on new generation Nightjet train

The multi-function car has an area for 6 bikes and for skis.


Travel tips

Nightjet complimentary sparkling wine   Nightjet breakfast menu   Nightjet sleeper breakfast

In sleepers, a complimentary individual bottle of sparkling wine is included, as is an la carte breakfast, you pick 6 items from a breakfast menu in the evening.

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