City Night Line

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
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City Night Line

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

The City Night Line is an overnight service which links cities in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic. Some of the trains on certain routes have double-deckers sleeping cars, built especially for CNL.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Popular destinations for the City Night Line include Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Prague, Warsaw, Zurich and Rome.

Frankfurt Paris 10:17 AU$ 45
Berlin Paris 13:05 AU$ 108
Amsterdam Berlin 09:22 AU$ 77
Paris Munich 11:05 AU$ 45
Rome Munich 11:26 AU$ 77
Munich Amsterdam 10:06 AU$ 45
Amsterdam Zurich 11:34 AU$ 77
Munich Venice 08:33 AU$ 77
Milan Munich 08:55 AU$ 77
Amsterdam Prague 14:16 AU$ 77
Munich Florence 09:10 AU$ 108
Berlin Zurich 11:02 AU$ 45
Frankfurt Prague 09:27 AU$ 45
Vienna Berlin 15:19 AU$ 45
Munich Prague 15:46 AU$ 45
Amsterdam Basel 10:16 AU$ 45
Prague Zurich 14:48 AU$ 45
Berlin Basel 09:32 AU$ 45
Salzburg Berlin 12:43 AU$ 45
Copenhagen Amsterdam 15:17 AU$ 108
Basel Prague 13:08 AU$ 45
Stuttgart Paris 07:49 AU$ 45
Verona Munich 05:29 AU$ 77
Innsbruck Rome 10:17 AU$ 45
Frankfurt Copenhagen 11:49 AU$ 45
Cologne Zurich 08:34 AU$ 45
Innsbruck Milan 10:25 AU$ 108

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 you board

For those travelling in groups, the City Night Line offers reduced-rate tickets for groups of six or more people. There is a women only compartment available and some cabins are accessible for wheelchair users. You can take your bike onboard on almost all lines.


The City Night Line offers passengers four classes of service. There’s the Deluxe Sleeper car which has a private bathroom and toilet, comfortable beds and in-room breakfast. Sleeper cars offer the same comfort with a wash basin. Couchettes sleep four to five people and reclining seats offer plenty of leg room and a relaxing environment.
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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Overall rating (124)

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Excellent 26% Very good 33% Average 20% Poor 10% Terrible 11%

    The journey was event free    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A very good sleep"    
    I slept very well on the night train and felt very safe.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable travel"    
    We boarded the train at Budapest Keleti Station. Travelling First class is worth it as you get to use the lounge and free WIFI in comfort. The train is comfortable and not overcrowded either. I would recommend this any time. It is a pain that you have to validate your ticket in advance and that a seat can not be allocated when you purchase the ticket.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris Venice "    
    Great trip. Smooth and on time travel.    Value for money  Convenience
    !st class carriages have less lugguqage storage area's than 2nd. this was the only complaint we had. Service was puntual clean and pleasant to travel on.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Couple on Honeymoon"    
    Thankyou the trip was smooth and easy. Only feedback was on the board at Rome train station it said Austria rather than Munich which was confusing    Value for money  Convenience
  • "overnight train"    
    Very good service, maximised time in our trip been able to both travel and sleep. Gained more from our time on holiday.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Overnight sleeper, 1 st class."    
    Overnight sleeper, 1 st class....(you have to be organised) enjoyable experience but could have been better if we had known more as lack of information at time of booking on Internet as...surprised at how snug the compartment was.. Once used to the lack of space it was ok . Surprised there was no buffet car to go to and have food and drink...compartment had own sink/ water/ folding table... Toilet and shower shared by all cabins in carriage...    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Our First train in Europe"    
    We got on this train straight from 30 hours worth of flying. A very comfortable and fast train.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Vienna/Zurich"    
    This was a very easy trip even if there were no porters to help two elderly ladies with their baggage.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nearly didn’t make it"    
    Arrived very early at Rome terminal and watched the departures board for information. Our service did NOT get listed on the board and we only managed to catch our train with 4 minutes to spare because we went and asked a train guard where our train was. Turned out our service was attached to another but those in charge didn't see any reason to advise of that fact. Hey, Italy, what else would you expect. By the way, the information people at Rome were worse than useless too. Once on board the trip was cramped but ok. Service on board was good and we got into Munich on time. All in all it was an experience and we enjoyed it.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy no hassle bookings"    
    Booking online was easy and everything went well when I got there. Thanks for your help guys.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Smooth Trip"    
    Easy and affordable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Did the job"    
    Did the job, comfort in sleeper was average, service very good. Nice views on morning part of trip to Praha.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Overnight train"    
    Good trip, well organised and on time    Value for money  Convenience
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