How to ride the last remaining sleeper trains in UK and Europe

Discussion in 'transport' started by editor, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Nice article in the Torygraph:

    How to ride the last remaining sleeper trains
  2. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    The sleeper to Penzance is very cool, well worth a go.
  3. Did the Kiev-Odessa one in October. HAve cancelled a trip to the USa this summer for obvious reasons and will be taking the Helsinki--Moscow one in the summer. The kids are crying already at the thoiught of another clankety clankety sleeper.The Tolstoi is a beautiful train by all accounts

  4. Just booked this for April, Totnes to London.
  5. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

  6. ^^^ sorting out the visa this week - St P is wonderful in the summer when it never gets dark - Looking forward to the St P_ Moscow leg
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  7. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom BREAD FUCKING SAUCE

    I'm wanting to book a sleeper train from Paris to Rome, one way, sometime in June. Any advice about how best to do this or what the options are, is it even possible?

    Bahnhof Strasse is this within your area of expertise?

    I remember getting 'couchette' bunks in 6 person compartments on European sleeper trains BITD when I went inter-railing, would be happy with that kind of thing if they still exist. Otherwise, a private cabin (2 adults).

    Any ideas / advice / recommendations etc anyone?

    Cheers :thumbs:
  8. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing you've already looked in here?

    The Man in Seat Sixty-One - the train travel guide...
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  9. SNCF site is OK - but most euro sites will not allow you to book anything outside their country- its not cheep thou, but it is a big slab of a journey
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  10. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom BREAD FUCKING SAUCE

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  11. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom BREAD FUCKING SAUCE

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  12. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Might be worth looking from London too?

    Go on SNCF website and book there from Paris if not. You can change the language and it's very user friendly. You shouldnt have any problems.

    Just looked and Paris to Milan looks easy peasy... Fares in june from 29e still going online. Get on it!

    Have a look on Thello | site officiel | trains France-Italie too as looks like some options there too. Edit: only goes Rome/Florence to Paris.

    Sncf to Turin and change looks best. Hereyago. Trains from Paris to other countries | Train times, fares, online tickets
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  13. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom BREAD FUCKING SAUCE

    Thanks man much appreciated. I'll report back :)

    I'm gonna see what the Hof says in the morning then take it from there.

    I love sleeper trains. Such a good way to travel. To go to sleep in one city / country and wake up in another, usually with some interesting and fun experiences along the way often involving meeting random people and getting hammered - what's not to love :cool::thumbs:

    My earliest sleeper train memory is of driving to KX and my dad putting the car (Volvo 245 :cool:) on a long Motorail car-carrying wagon for a journey to far north Scotland. It was incredibly exciting :) Woke up in Scotland, dad drove the car off the wagon and we headed off on holiday :thumbs:

    Motorail was great, presumably it is no more?
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  14. Heh, hate booking trains! The sleeper goes from Paris to Milan, then a connection to Rome. Book through Rail Europe, (they'll do the London-Paris too) but by phone as the website is shit, 0844 848 4066. Splashing for a proper cabin, preferably on your own is so much better, sleeping in your clothes is a bit beneath a man of your breeding twentythreedom ;)
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  15. Night Riviera two weeks ago, bang on time and they'd refurbished the cabins. Still small, but perfectly adequate for a decent sleep, wake at Paddington at 0630, a shower, coffee and head on with your day :thumbs:



  16. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom BREAD FUCKING SAUCE

    You're quite right tbf, and my valet would never stand for it anyway. As I understand it, in your professional capacity you make bookings such as this on behalf of your customers in exchange for skimming off a bit of commission, right? Perhaps you could offer such services to the good people of Urban :hmm:

    *coughs* ;)
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  17. This is true, although I believe you may have missed this bit: Heh, hate booking trains!

    Rail Europe are one of the few things that do pay commission to agents, about 1.5%, so almost covering the cost of the phone we normally bung on a flat fee of £20, bi-turbo Audis don't service themselves...

    Be more than happy to get the times and prices for you, but do the booking yourself by calling Rail Europe, they're nice guys and they work on commission too, so by calling you are spreading the wealth :thumbs:
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  18. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    There is a sleeper train running this summer from Istanbul to Bucharest, am going to try to use it.
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  19. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

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  20. Interestingly, in an effort to expand the kids horizons on a budget, you can travel the overnighter "Beograd" from Belgrade to Budapest for a flat EUR 15 for a seat (or +8 EUR for a bunk supplement) - that's about 20 quid for a (rough) sleeper train.

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