ÖBB Nightjet train, source: ÖBB

New night train Amsterdam – Zurich starts 12 December

Ticket sales for the night train connection between Amsterdam and Zurich started on Wednesday. This daily connection will officially start on 12 December, reports Dutch Railways NS. The night train to Zurich is the second connection the Dutch railway operator is involved in adding to the European night train network.

The Nightjet Zurich, as the night train is called, departs daily at the beginning of the evening from Amsterdam, Utrecht and Arnhem and travels via the Rhein-Ruhr region to Basel and Zurich. In the opposite direction, an overnight train from Zurich arrives in the Netherlands every morning.

Various carriages

The train consists of fourteen carriages: two sleeping cars with beds, four couchette coaches and eight seating cars. In the low season the train has thirteen carriages. An NS locomotive runs in front of the carriages until Frankfurt. Employees of NS work on the night train until either Cologne or Frankfurt.

Marjan Rintel, President of NS: “With the return of the night train to Vienna, the Netherlands has been connected to the night train network in Europe again since May this year. The overnight train is a climate-friendly and popular way to travel internationally. With the overnight train to Zurich, we are adding another direct connection to a European city to our timetable.”

Ticket sales started on Wednesday via, among others, nsinternational.nl. These can be booked 6 months in advance. Tickets are available from €38 for a seat, from €50 for a couchette, and sleeping compartments can be booked from €90. Each sleeping compartment has its own washroom. There is also room for a number of bicycles on the train.

Timetable

The train departs every evening at 20.30 from Amsterdam Central Station and arrives in Zurich at 08.05 the next morning. On the way, the train stops at:

Amsterdam Central (20.30), Utrecht Central (21.00), Arnhem (21.52), Oberhausen (22.53), Duisburg (23.02), Düsseldorf (23.17), Cologne (23.45), Bonn (00.12), Koblenz (00.47), Mainz (01.40. Frankfurt Airport (02.06)
Frankfurt (02.25), Mannheim (03.31), Karlsruhe (04.01), Baden (04.25), Offenburg (04.49), Freiburg (05.27)
Basel Bad (06.11), Basel SBB (06.20), and Zurich (08.05).

In the opposite direction, the Nightjet arrives in Amsterdam at 09.14 every morning. Zurich and Basel are popular destinations for both leisure and business travel. Travellers to Zurich currently have to change trains in, for example, Hanover or Frankfurt. From Basel and Zurich you can easily travel on to further destinations in Switzerland and Italy. Passengers can also travel on this overnight train to, for example, the Rhein-Ruhr area.

Testing

NS, together with its partners Swiss Railways (SBB), Austrian Railways (ÖBB) and Deutsche Bahn, will be putting the finishing touches to the trains in order to be able to start operating in December. In the coming period, the carriers will carry out several test runs from Switzerland to the Netherlands. These will include testing logistical processes, the combination of various carriages with the locomotives and the washing installation at the Watergraafsmeer marshalling yard.

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Author: Marieke van Gompel

Marieke van Gompel is editor-in-chief of RailTech.com, RailFreight.com and SpoorPro.nl, online magazines for railway professionals.

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