City Night Line Sleeper Trains
City Night Line sleeper trains are operated by Deutsche Bahn, and offer passengers the opportunity to travel between major European destinations overnight in comfortable accommodation.
There are a number of benefits to travelling overnight on sleeper services such as these, including:
- Saving on hotel bills;
- Gaining an extra day at your destination;
- Arriving at the heart of your chosen city; and
- Generous luggage allowances.
You can view a short promotional video (in German) about the CNL service here.
City Night Line trains consist of carriages containing compartmentalised or open seating carriages, couchette cars, sleeping cars and dining cars.
Each compartment has two or three berths, and deluxe carriages provide sleeping car passengers with private bathrooms. Normal compartments include a washbasin as standard, with shower and toilet available per carriage.
Sleeper Car Sleeper cabins are the most comfortable way to travel (although also the most expensive). You can choose to take a bed in a shared cabin (single sex double, triple or quad berths), or pay for a private cabin (for one, two, three or four people). Included in the price of your sleeper car ticket is:
- Bedding (incl. duvets and pillows)
- Air conditioning
- Breakfast (continental)
- Washing facilities (shared toilet per carriage, or private en-suite bathroom for 'Deluxe' passengers)
- Drinking water
Passengers may choose to opt for a 'Deluxe' cabin, which is slightly larger than a standard sleeping cabin. Passengers travelling in deluxe class benefit from a free drink on arrival, as well as a private en-suite shower/toilet. All compartments have a power socket for charging mobile phones/laptops etc.
If you are travelling in a group, it is possible to book adjoining compartments with inter-connecting doors in order to create your own mini-suite.
Four and six berth couchettes are available, both privately or shared. Single sex and wheelchair accessible cabins are also available on request. Couchettes are thinner than standard beds, but allow you to lie down fully, and are generally more comfortable that reclingin seats. During the day, the beds are stowed by the train's stewards, leaving bench seats facing each other.
There are normally six bunk beds per couchette compartment, although four-berth compartments are also available for a slight supplement, and can be a less-crowded experience.
Each couchette features:
- Bunk-bed style beds
- Lockable door for the room
- Luggage storage
- Shared washbasins
- Toilet/shower facilities in each carriage
- Temperature controls in each room
The cheapest travel option on-board the City Night Line service is in the seating car. Two seating types are offered: open-plan reclining seats, and six-reclining seat compartments (not lockable). Seating carriages don't generally have their own attendant, and can be a bit more intimadating than the relatively private couchette or sleeping cars.
Shared washrooms and toilets are available in each coach, and blankets are available upon request.
Luggage & Facilities
Food & Drink
On certain CNL services there is a restaurant/bistro car which serves food and drink. Sleeping car passengers are served their breakfast in this carriage where applicable, and couchette/seated passengers may pay for breakfast separately if so desired.
If your train does not include a buffet car, passengers entitled to complimentary breakfast will be served in their compartments. A 'room service' option is also available, serving light snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Passengers are welcome to bring their own food and drink onboard with them.
Bicycles may be taken onboard CNL services, although space is limited, and passengers must reserve a space in advance for a fee of between €10 and €15 depending on the route.
All CNL routes include at least one compartment designed for passengers with restricted mobility. This two-berth couchette compartment is located adjacent to the disabled toilet.