NightJet to Brussels (Jan. 2020) and Amsterdam (Dec. 2020)

From January 2020, the Nightjet will on Sundays and Wednesdays run from Vienna (08:38 p.m.) and Innsbruck (08:44 p.m.) to Brussels. After Cologne, the train stops in Aachen, Liège and Brussels. The scheduled arrival time in Brussels-Nord is 10:45 a.m. and in Brussels-Midi 10:55 a.m.. The return journey departs on Mondays and Thursdays from Brussels-Midi at 06:04 p.m. and from Brussels-Nord at 06:16 p.m. with arrival in Innsbruck at 09:14 a.m. and in Vienna at 08:27 a.m.

The situation from January 2020

Again to Amsterdam

The night train services to/from Amsterdam will be reintroduced from the 2021 timetable. ÖBB, with NS as Dutch partner, will operate a daily night train Amsterdam-Munich/Innsbruck-Vienna.

This service will be subsidised by the Netherlands government with an amount of 6.7 million euros over the period 2021-2023.

The situation from December 2020.

2 thoughts on “NightJet to Brussels (Jan. 2020) and Amsterdam (Dec. 2020)”

  1. Joachim Falkenhagen says:

    Going to Amsterdam only 5 times a week might be more reasonable, in order to avoid the extra shunting an coupling at Cologne (in addition to Nuremberg). That would also allow to use the other station at Cologne Messe Deutz.

    In exchange for the financial support, the Dutch authorities should demand some speedup of the trains, which spend quite some time at Nuremberg, even if that would make arrival time at Frankfurt completely inattractive (delete stops at Frankfurt South and Mainz at that occasion). It is strange that the nonstop Nightjet is schedule to be overtaken by an IC between Koblenz and Cologne, which also stops at Bonn, but then requires only 2 minutes at Cologne central, in spite of a change of direction.

    Is Amsterdam actually the best choice for The Netherlands? A route to Rotterdam and Den Haag might attract more tourists to these to that less well known spots. And there is less or no competition from flights.

    1. Joachim Falkenhagen says:

      If ÖBB decides to run the trains from Hamburg separetely, a combination of sections from both Amsterdam and Brussels to Innsbruck/Vienna would of course be more meaningful (and not lead to too much shunting on one route), and particularly if links between Amsterdam/Brussels to Switzerland would be added.
      But it is my impression that ÖBB is focused a little too much on combining train sections, at the expense of comfort (uninterrupted sleep) and speed.

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