sleeper ranks among the best European sleeper trains, making it easier than ever to reach our Austrian holidays, often with just one change of train in Amsterdam or two changes if you are travelling via Brussels and Cologne.
Leave London late-morning on the direct Eurostar to Amsterdam, you arrive in the late afternoon, giving you some time to enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the many choices in and around Amsterdam’s impressive Neo-Gothic station.
On dates when the direct Amsterdam Eurostar service is not running, you can travel via Brussels to Cologne to join the same sleeper train there. Like Amsterdam, Cologne is an ideal place to break your journey. Admire Cologne’s Gothic cathedral which sits right next door to the station, stretch your legs by the Rhine and have dinner in one of Cologne’s cavernous beerhalls before boarding the sleeper train.
Austria's NightJet sleeper train from Amsterdam and Cologne comprises two trains joined together; one travelling to Innsbruck, the other bound for Vienna. The two trains share part of the journey before being decoupled in the early hours just before Nuremberg. The Innsbruck sleeper then turns south while the Vienna sleeper continues east.
….to the Tyrol and Dachstein Mountains on Innsbruck sleeper route
The Innsbruck sleeper is ideal for our holidays in the Tyrol, which are all within a 35-minute taxi ride of Innsbruck, which is where you'll be by the time you wake up. We offer three walking holidays (Lake Achensee & its Mountains
, The Leutasch Valley
and An Alpine Stroll
) and several winter holidays (including the Inntaler Hof in Mösern
, the Hotel Wiesenhof in Pertisau
, the Hotel Kristall in Weidach
and the Hotel Kitspitz in St Jakob
In fact, for Lake Achensee & its Mountains
, and Hotel Wiesenhof in Pertisau
, you don’t even have to travel as far as Innsbruck. Instead, you alight one stop before Innsbruck, and our taxi will meet you at Jenbach station for a 15-minute ride to your hotel. Similarly, for the Hotel Kitspitz in St Jakob
, you alight at Kufstein, at the German/Austrian border, approximately 45 minutes before Innsbruck.
For the Dachstein Mountains, change at Innsbruck. You have time to stretch your legs with a stroll around Innsbruck, or indulge in some Kaffee und Kuchen
before boarding a lunchtime Eurocity Transalpin train direct to Schladming. This is one of Europe’s few remaining trains with a traditional dining car. The journey is 3 and a half hours, with magnificent scenery all the way, following the Inn Valley before branching southeast along the shores of Zell am See then along the Salzach and finally the Enns Valley where the Dachstein peaks come into view, towering to the north above cornfields and pine-clad slopes. Alight at Schladming for 15-minute transfer to the Hotel Matschner in Ramsau
…to the Salzburg Lakes & Vienna
The Vienna Sleeper makes light work of the distance to our holidays in western Austria, arriving in Vienna at a civilised 8.30am. The Austrian capital is the starting point of our On the Trail of the Habsburgs
touring holiday. The holiday ends in Trieste, from where you can take a direct Italian Frecciarossa train to Turin to stay overnight before taking the TGV back to London.
For the Salzburg lakes, take the Vienna sleeper and alight at Linz, shortly before 8am. From here take the Austrian Railjet for a 30-minute ride to Attnang Puchheim, where you change to a local train to the Salzkammergut region and Salzburg Lake District
cycling holiday, and the Salzburg Lakes & Mountains
walking holiday, and our winter holiday at the Hotel Seerose in Fuschl am See
. It is a 2-hour train ride plus a 30-minute taxi transfer but the spectacular panoramas of fjord-like scenery afforded by the Salzkammergut Railway are more than worth the longer journey time.