European train travel is currently experiencing a huge revival. Sleeper trains are romantic, social, and hugely convenient.
You can fall asleep in one city and wake up in another. And the incredible views from the window will make the journey part of the adventure.
While the price of sleeper trains can vary and on the surface, they seem more expensive than plane tickets; they also include a night’s accommodation too.
That means that sleeper trains can actually be a cheap way to travel. Provided you don’t plan on taking a luxurious ride on the Orient Express of course!
The experts at Omio have analyzed Europe’s sleeper trains to look for the best and cheapest options. These are the 5 most affordable sleeper trains in Europe:
Paris To Nice
This SNCF route from Paris to Nice covers a distance of 676 miles, and the journey will take 9 hours. Despite this lengthy journey time, tickets are available from just $21 per person.
This makes it the best value-for-money sleeper train route in Europe. Paris and Nice are both great French destinations to explore, and using the sleeper train option means that you can leave one city and then wake up refreshed and ready to explore in another.
This is a great way to save on expensive hotel costs too, particularly in Paris, where average hotel room prices are amongst the most expensive in Europe.
Bratislava To Split
If you’re interested in exploring Eastern Europe, then the journey from Bratislava to Split is the best value option to choose.
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The service is operated by OBB Euro Night and covers the relatively short distance of 321 miles over a period of 16 hours. Ticket prices start from just $33 per person, and the train boasts excellent amenities, which is why it has been rated so highly here.
On this route, you will fall asleep in Slovakia and wake up in Croatia. It is an ideal option for travelers hoping to explore as many Eastern European countries as possible in a relatively short period of time.
Berlin To Brussels
The newest train on this list, the European Sleeper service from Berlin to Brussels takes 13.5 hours to cover a distance of 476 miles.
This is the most expensive train ticket on this list, with prices from $55 per person. But this is still considerably cheaper than the cost of a plane ticket and a hotel room stay in either Berline or Brussels.
The relatively long journey time offers incredible views through some of Europe’s most beautiful countryside. Making this the perfect way to truly explore the heart of Western Europe in a hands-on and meaningful way.
Munich To La Spezia Centrale (Cinque Terre)
Operated by OBB NightJet, the sleeper train between Munich and La Spezia Centrale is the cheapest train on this list and will cost just $12 per person.
As the price suggests, it is also the shortest journey covering the shortest distance. You can expect to cover 290 miles in just 6.5 hours. While this might be long enough to get a full night’s sleep, you can enjoy a hearty nap before you arrive in your final destination.
The Cinque Terre is one of the most picturesque and popular destinations in Italy. That means that accommodation here can also be very expensive, making the sleeper train an affordable option to view this beautiful location.
Brussels To Vienna
The Brussels to Vienna sleeper train is operated by OBB NightJet, and tickets cost just $33 per person. This route is 569 miles long and will take just over 14 hours to complete.
This means that as well as having a good night’s sleep, you will also have time to enjoy a hearty meal before you get off the train refreshed and ready to start your day.
This train boasts excellent amenities, and it is an incredibly popular route for local residents and travelers alike.
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