Germany, facts and history
City Night Line
The CityNightLine operates on a high-speed route
between Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria.
Traveling on this train is a breeze as you pass through
such prominent cities as Zurich, Vienna, Hamburg, Hannover,
Amsterdam, Dresden and Berlin.
Passengers can choose from a variety of accommodations
as they spend an enjoyable and memorable evening on
this night train.
Numerous on-board services are provided to make your
stay as comfortable as possible.
Fares include the price of the ticket and the reservation.
Reservations are mandatory at the time of booking.
The CityNightLine operates between the following
cities with travel times indicated:
Zurich - Berlin: 12h
Zurich - Dresden: 12h 27min
Zurich - Hamburg: 12h 37min
Zurich - Hannover: 10h 17min
Salzburg - Frankfurt: 6h
Vienna - Koeln: 12h 18min
Deluxe Sleepers: Roomy cabins with wash cabin,
wash-basin, shower (includes towels and soap) and mirror
cabinet, table with chair (can be used without folding
the bed). Panorama window with Venetian blinds.
Single: 1 berth cabin
Economy Sleepers: Cabins with wash-basin and
mirror cabinet, without wash cabin or shower. On CityNightLine
trains to Berlin and Hamburg, a shower with towels for
all economy travelers is provided in the sleeping car.
Single: 1 berth cabin
T4: 4 berth cabin
Reclining seats: Reclining seats, individually
controlled reading light built into the headrest, seating/sleeping
area at a higher level than the centre aisle.
Welcome drink in the Deluxe Sleepers.
Breakfast is included in all sleepers and delivered
to the compartment/seat.
Restaurant (full-service) is open until 2:00 am and
Bistro (self-service) is open all night.
All CityNightLine trains include a bar car and a lounge
car. For a snack or quick meal, 18 seats are offered
around 6 tables. Tables may be booked: Tel: ++41 1 247
75 22 (Monday Friday 08.30 a.m. 04.00
p.m.), Fax: ++41 1 247 75 24 (Monday Friday 08.30
a.m. 04.00 p.m.)
Crew members are present all night in the bar and lounge
car. Travelers in sleepers and couchettes will get a
wake up call provided by the crew.
Cabin doors can be locked (sleeping car and couchettes)
All corridors in the sleeping cars are under close-circuit
television surveillance for security.
All the cars are fully air-conditioned.
All the cars are non-smoking. The bar area in the lounge
car is the only area of the train where smoking is allowed.
There are at least two toilets and washbasins in each
I like trains and have seen many, many trains
in real life and in publications, but I have never laid my
eyes on the "Night City Line"until on our
way from Basel to Berlin to look for the new Maglev train
service from Berlin to Dresden.
Unfortunately, I was misinformed. I have seen an article on
the Internet, that the service supposed to have started regular
service in early October, but in fact it never existed.
Anyway, back to the "Night City Line", which
we had difficulty getting on, because it is always over
booked. We were lucky enough to get two reclining seats
in the end. Two guys came on the train at different
stations later on, looking for their seats, our ones.
We did pay, we got our tickets, we got our seats, but as I've
already mentioned, we were told that seats are always
double/triple/multiple booked. We kept cool, kept our
seat, on the basis, that we have paid, we had our tickets and we had
our seats, first come first served. Poor fellahs, you got
my sympathies. The Conductor did manage to find places
for them, I believe. For the rest of the
journey Hui Chin and I wouldn't
dare to leave our seat/bed.
You would have to see the seat/beds on these
trains, like something out of the "Star Trek"
series. Beautiful Experience.
There were a some big parties going on on
the train in the Bars and Restaurants, I
suppose those people partying around
did not really need a seat/bed in
the sleeping quarters.
The reclining seats and small apartments
on this train are out of dreamland.
An unforgettable experience.
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these photos for an enlargement.
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