The Nightjet night trains of ÖBB offer an interesting network of over night train connections. An important night train runs from Zurich via Basel, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Frankfurt to Berlin and Hamburg. In the Nightjet night trains you find seated cars, couchette cars and sleeper cars. This blog post is about my trip in the Nightjet sleeping car from Freiburg to Berlin.
Fast booking: buy your train ticket for the Nighjet on Trainline.
Departure from Zurich
From my home station Karlsruhe I first travelled in direction to the night train Zurich-Hamburg. I had time and my night should be longer. Therefore I took the IC train from Karlsruhe to Freiburg, from where I started my journey with the Nightjet.
In Freiburg I had to wait for one hour. At the station there was not much going on. Shortly before the arrival of the Nightjet train at around 22:00 h, the platform filled up by travellers. My sleeper wagon was already well booked.
The journey in the Nightjet sleeper from Zurich to Berlin
I went into my compartment. A sleeper cabin with single occupancy, without own shower and toilet in the compartment. But for a short night sufficient.
Beside my own sink was a bag with water bottle, towel, slippers, soap and something to nibble.
In the compartment was a list on which you had to choose the components of the breakfast. The conductress came for ticket control and took the list with her. We agreed to get my breakfast at 06:00 h on the following morning. Before I went to bed, I threw another look in the toilet on the corridor.
I was woken up with breakfast at exactly 06:00 h. Half an hour for breakfast should be fine.
Arrival in Berlin
The arrival is at 06:30 h quite early in Berlin. The train has a ten-minute stop in Berlin Hauptbahnhof, before continuing to Hamburg.
However, the early arrival also has an advantage: you can do a little city tour without seeing other tourists. If you have an hour, you can walk from the central station toward the government area.
You pass the Reichstag onwards to the Brandenburg Gate.
And finally to the Holocaust Memorial.
If you have another hour more time, which was the case with me, you can walk very relaxed along the river Spree to Bellevue Castle.
Where do I buy train tickets for the Nightjet ?
For my overnight train journey from Freiburg to Berlin I bought my train ticket here at Trainline.
Tickets are also available at DB and ÖBB.
What other night train connections does the Nightjet offer ?
The Nightjet night trains provide over night connections to Vienna, Innsbruck, Graz, Zurich, Berlin, Hamburg, Milan, Rome, Venice and more.
A list of all Nightjet night trains including timetables and stopovers can be found here.
More Nightjet blogs:
Nightjet from Munich to Rome
Nightjet from Berlin to Vienna