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Nightjet, an overnight train operator in Europe, is coming out with a new fleet of

Nightjet, an overnight train operator in Europe, is coming out with a new fleet of upgraded sleeper cabins in 2023.

The exterior (L) and interior (R) of OBB Nightjet trains

The exterior (L) and interior (R) of the new OBB Nightjet trains.

ÖBB/Siemens, © ÖBB | Harald Eisenberger


Austrian Federal Railway’s OBB Nightjet train is a rail line that operates overnight routes between Austria, Italy, France, and the Netherlands, and can go as fast as 143 miles per hour, according to its website.

Nightjet trains have regular assigned seats, sleeper cars with bunks of four or six, and couchette cars, which are seats that fold out into couches in shared cabins.

Next year, the rail line is upgrading its overnight trains, according to a press release from OBB Nightjet, with new, more spacious sleeper cabins that will include a seating area in addition to beds, according to the press release.

I think that’s a great thing, especially because when I traveled in an OBB Nightjet shared sleeper cabin from Austria to Italy, I found it to be cramped and uncomfortable when I shared the space with six other people. 

And since I also learned during my Nightjet ride that bunking with strangers isn’t for me — I need more space and privacy to be comfortable falling asleep — I’m the most excited to try Nightjet’s forthcoming mini cabins for solo travelers. These sleeper cabins will be private, enclosed spaces with a storage area, an adjustable folding table with a mirror, clothing hooks, and a luggage locker, according to the press release.

Pricing for the new accommodations is not yet available online, but in the past, I paid $477 for a week-long Eurail pass and an additional $44 for a shared sleeper cabin accommodation on OBB Nightjet.