ÖBB To Expand Nightjet Services

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) is on course to expand its Nightjet overnight train services, with the operator working to take over several night train routes from German counterparts Deutsche Bahn (DB).

 

Following an announcement earlier this year from DB to cease its City Night Line services, ÖBB will add 6 routes to its Nightjet network from 11 December 2016, including 2 offering car and motorbike transport service.

  • Hamburg – Berlin – Freiburg (B) – Basel – Zurich
  • Hamburg – Munich – Innsbruck (daily car and motorbike transport)
  • Dusseldorf – Munich – Innsbruck (3 x weekly car and motorbike transport)
  • Munich – Villach – Venice
  • Munich – Salzburg – Villach – Florence – Rome
  • Munich – Salzburg – Villach – Verona – Milan

 

In preparation for the new routes, ÖBB has invested EUR 40 million to procure 42 sleeper cars and 15 couchette cars from DB. These will be refurbished with new berths and enter service for the Austrian operator under its Nightjet brand. The services will be timed to provide connections to Germany’s IC and ICE services.

 

The Nightjet trains currently carry approximately 1 million passengers every year and it is hoped that the network expansion will raise ridership by an additional 1.8 million passengers each year.

 

For more information, visit www.oebb.at/en/.

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