City Night Line

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Key features

  • Munich - Amsterdam: 10:06
  • Book up to 120 days in advance
  • Night trains
  • Secure cabins with cozy berths
  • Save on accommodation

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City Night Line

City Night Line. Travel between Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Austria and Czech Rep.

The City Night Line (CNL), as it name indicates, is an international night train serving cities in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic. Some routes operate double-decker sleeping cars, built especially for CNL and offering a truly unique experience. If you need to stretch your legs there’s a lounge carriage on board for you to enjoy a drink, a snack or a light meal and to get to know fellow passengers. Each lounge chair has its own reading lamp and blankets are available upon request. The night train is ideal to save on a night’s accommodation and allows you to travel stress-free. Eat your on board breakfast before reaching your destination.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Popular destinations include Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Prague, Warsaw, Zurich and Rome.

Frankfurt Paris 10:17 HK$264
Paris Berlin 12:27 HK$264
Amsterdam Berlin 09:22 HK$447
Paris Munich 11:05 HK$264
Rome Munich 11:26 HK$447
Amsterdam Munich 10:39 HK$264
Munich Venice 08:33 HK$447
Zurich Amsterdam 12:14 HK$264
Milan Munich 08:55 HK$447
Prague Amsterdam 15:24 HK$264
Munich Florence 09:10 HK$629
Zurich Berlin 11:37 HK$264
Frankfurt Prague 09:27 HK$264
Berlin Vienna 15:37 HK$264
Munich Prague 15:46 HK$264
Amsterdam Basel 10:16 HK$264
Prague Zurich 14:48 HK$264
Basel Berlin 10:06 HK$264
Berlin Salzburg 13:58 HK$264
Amsterdam Copenhagen 15:06 HK$447
Prague Basel 13:15 HK$264
Stuttgart Paris 07:49 HK$264
Verona Munich 05:29 HK$447
Rome Innsbruck 09:27 HK$264
Copenhagen Frankfurt 11:54 HK$264
Cologne Zurich 08:34 HK$264
Amsterdam Stuttgart 07:46 HK$264

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • City Night Line tickets are open for booking 120 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

Printing option(s) :

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Seat reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

Experience the service

Before boarding

The City Night Line (CNL) serves stations directly in city centres. It allows you to save time and make the most of European architecture, fine art, culture and history of each and every city.

There are some wheelchair accessible cabins plus you can take your bike along on almost all lines.


Classes and facilities offered by CNL
First classFirst classSecond classSecond class
Carrier’s designationName of class of service as you might see on your ticket.DeluxeSleeperCouchettesSuper reclining seats
Air conditioned carriages Makes it bliss when travelling during the summer period.
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.
5-bed cabin The best way for a very comfortable ride in the company of friends or other fellow travellers.
Washbasin Practical to freshen up anytime during your trip.
Breakfast The most important meal of the day for a memorable experience.
Private bathroom Freshen up with a shower or use the WC for more convenience.

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  • Q. What is the policy regarding children's accommodations on overnight trains?

  • Q.Can I get off the train for a few hours and then get back on later that day if I'm holding a train ticket?

  • Q.Will there be a toilet on the train?

  • Q. There is also a train connection from Munich to Prague, can I use these trains to travel to Prague with the coupon?

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Overall rating (124)

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  • "Uncomfortable"    
    The T3 cabin was really really tiny and I wish I have known this before booking. Would have booked two cabins instead. Could hardly move inside the cabin. This attendant was quite rude. Would never try this again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Overnight train Venice/Munich"    
    It was my first experience traveling with an overnight train. It departed and arrived on time. The beds were comfortable enough to get a good rest. The ordering of the tickets has to be carefully planned though since they were shipped from India to Europe. Otherwise everything was perfectly fine and the price was well worth the effort.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "nice experience"    
    nice and helpful staff, comfortable bed. cheap price with good service.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Sleep"    
    The transfer to the CNL went without a hitch and we were met on the train by our attentive night porter. Amazing service from the moment we got on board. Seeing that we were a family of 3 travelling with a lot of luggage, the porter opened up the adjoining cabin so that we had double the space. Chilli and Beers turned up to ensure we were well fed before bedtime! Based on this experience, i would definitely consider doing this again in the future. Can't rate highly enough.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Superb "    
    Convenience and excellence service. Only a bit delay ;)  
  • "Europe by train"    
    We travelled from Zurich to Amsterdam by City Night Line it was first announced "cancelled" then departed on time and arrived two hours late , compartment was very small .    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Lekker train ride."    
    Thank you so much for an really enjoyable adventure. Seeing that this was our first time traveling by train in Europa it was a great experience. Traveling by City Night Line gave us time to relax and sleep well. Much better than flying.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great!"    
    Clean, friendly staff, loved it.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good experience"    
    Overall the experience was positive. It was a great value for the money paid and was very convenient with the timing of the overnight train taken. We left the originating station a little late and it would have been nice to have more of the announcements in English, but everything was fine.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "big savings"    
    i saved 1 night of hotel/hostel by taking a night train from Venice to Munich. The train departed and arrived on time. Ride was smooth and comfortable though the space was tiny but for Asian built like me it is absolutely alright. The view was incredible when we were crossing Austria-Germany border. All those rolling hills with patches of red roof houses and endless spring flowers. Get up at around 5 am and stay in corridors to catch the view and sunrise. Would definitely try CNL again and recommend to my fellow travelers.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nice scenery along the journey"    
    There was a charger to charge any electronics along the way, which is value adding.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very Good"    
    This is the first time I travel by train in Europe. It is a very nice experience. The train is very clean and the cabin is very comfortable. The breakfast is also good.  
  • "Great deal"    
    Great deal for the price. However, the beds are a bit small.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "tickets"    
    We bought the tickets through NZ, but were not able to print them ourselves. Very inconvenient. The journey itself was problem free    Value for money  Convenience
  • "My feedback"    
    The coaches were very cozy and comfortable, while hygiene level in the WC was also very high. Amazing coffee served in the morning...thanks for memorable on-time service.    Value for money  Convenience
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