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Booking overnight train car

How do you book an overnight train car when you're using the Scandinavian Rail Pass? I know there's an extra cost but not sure how to go about it.

Are there only certain trains that the Scandinavian Rail Pass can be used on?

Thank you.

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I think you can find information on overnight-sleeper bookings in Rick's Scandinavia guidebook. I don't have a current copy of it, but if you're doing enough traveling in that area to justify a rail pass (Are you sure? There are some nice ferry options, most of them not covered.), the book will pay for itself many times in the budget tips it offers.

You might find the information you need on the Seat 61 website. I'm not sure, though; I don't think he's a big fan of rail passes. That website is a gold mine of train information.

One Danish RR leg of the Copenhagen-Bergen rail/ferry link isn't covered by the pass, according to something I read just the other day. The Flåmsbana in Norway (Myrdal to Flam) isn't covered. The bigger issue is lack of comprehensive ferry coverage. I've (tried to) sleep on overnight trains and found the experience (for me) ranges from uncomfortable to miserable and sleepless. I've taken two overnight ferries with no problems sleeping at all.

Posted by
1682 posts

Nothing better than an overnight train to allow for more efficient and restful travel. You get to sleep and arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to hit the ground running! Win-win!

Posted by
2090 posts

You buy the ticket from VR, www.vr.fi. There is probably an option on the website to where you can enter your pass number. If not, contact their customer service and they will help you. According to The Man in Seat 61, the cost is: "Bed in 2-bed sleeper €40, Bed in 2-bed sleeper with shower & WC €45, bed in single sleeper €100, bed in single sleeper with shower & WC €110". Assuming the pass you mention is a Eurail pass, it is valid on all VR's trains.

And yes, he likes to point out that a Rail pass isn't always a great idea. It can save you a lot of money if you plan to do a lot of travelling, but it can also be a waste of money compared to just buying single tickets. You have do a bit of maths to figure out the best option for you. And I can recommend that you read the The Man in Seat 61's guide to whether a rail pass or single tickets is the best option.

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Thank you all for the information. I'm reading up on the Seat 61, so thank you for that information as I have not seen this before. Much appreciated!

Posted by
16852 posts

The Eurail Scandinavia Pass is one of the cheaper and better value passes out there. I’m not sure why Badger is suggesting the Finnish web site. Is that where you plan to take the night train? There are also a few night train routes in Norway and Sweden. Online options vary depending on destination and on how soon you’re planning the trip (e.g., not currently available through Rail Europe in the US). You can make reservations at any train station within Scandinavia for the neighboring countries.

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I’m not sure why Badger is suggesting the Finnish web site.

Because the OP asked about how to book an overnight train. And unless they want to sit during the night, they need to reserve a bed, which is probably best done direct with VR.

You can make reservations at any train station within Scandinavia for
the neighboring countries.

No, you can't.