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InterRailing in Europe II – Night Sleeper Train from Krakow to Vienna

There’s a unique sense of bustle and excitement when boarding a night sleeper train, especially in a foreign country. I know it’s mainly down to the cultural imaginings of Agatha Christie and the exploits of James Bond, but still, there’s a novel tingle of expectation.

My night train to Vienna left Krakow at 21.59 on the dot. My sole occupancy cabin was a 91-euro reservation/supplement and was good value as it saved a night’s hotel cost and ate up the miles to Vienna without my noticing.

Once settled into my cabin I get off, like almost everyone else, and stare up and down the platform as if expecting a sudden last minute message or some forgotten lover to rush up to me. Clearly I’ve been watching too many old black & white films.

I lock my cabin door just in case some murder mystery adventure happens before Vienna – but it doesn’t.



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I’ve been writing about travel for the past 14 years and have travelled extensively from [A]ustralia to [Z]imbabwe. I’ve been around the world a few of times and have written widely for the international press in America, Australia and the UK, for newspapers, magazines and websites.I am also the author of a definitive guide to Wildlife Conservation Volunteering (Bradt, 2012) and have worked on volunteer projects in South America, Africa, India and Europe. Working from a riverboat on the Amazon has to be my favourite conservation project – a bit of comfort and luxury at the end of the day after getting filthy ploughing through the muddy jungle.I think the best way of getting around is travelling by train, not just because it’s eco-friendly but because I enjoy the journey as much as the destination. I’ve written a lot about train travel and am a contributing author to Great Railway Journeys of the World (Time Out 2009). My enthusiasm for travelling on trains culminated in 2011 – 2012 when I travelled around the world by train - from London to Sydney. This was the most amazing trip I’ve ever done and I spent three months because I couldn’t stop myself getting off to explore what couldn’t be seen from the window.Naturally it’s now a book!

2 thoughts on “InterRailing in Europe II – Night Sleeper Train from Krakow to Vienna

  1. Profile photo of Peter LynchPeter Lynch Post author

    Absolutely nothing happened on the train, I just slept. It's better & cheaper if you have company & it's well worth organising to take a picnic & some drink because rail food is never that great. Some people don't sleep that well while moving (I do) so have some music, reading material or electronic entertainment to hand


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