ÖBB orders 33 new seven-car Nightjets to enhance passenger comfort and privacy


Author: Mankirat Kaur

ÖBB's Nightjet fleet expansion began with an initial order for 13 Nightjet trains, valued at £1.5 billion, as part of a framework contract signed in 2018. Building on this foundation, an additional order for 20 Nightjets was signed in 2021. Now, with this latest order, ÖBB is set to welcome 33 brand-new Nightjet trains into their lineup.

The first of these sleek and modern Nightjets are scheduled to roll into service as early as December 10, 2023, marking a significant step forward in Austria's commitment to providing top-notch overnight rail travel experiences.

Each of these new seven-car Nightjets has been designed to prioritise passenger comfort and convenience. The composition of these trains includes two seating cars, comprised of a control car and a multifunctional car, three couchette cars, and two sleeping cars. The maximum seating capacity per set stands at 254 seats, offering ample room for travellers.

These Nightjets boast a stunning blend of ultra-modern design and spaciousness, creating a welcoming environment for passengers. With a top speed of up to 230 km/h, passengers can anticipate swift and efficient journeys. An advanced passenger information system is installed in all carriages, ensuring travelers stay up-to-date with the latest travel information throughout their journey.

One of the standout features of these Nightjets is the sleeping carriages. Equipped with their own toilet and shower facilities, and fixed beds designed for enhanced sleeping comfort, passengers can expect a relaxed and rejuvenating journey. The sleeping compartments also provide comfortable seating areas for various activities, such as working, reading, or dining, further enhancing the passenger experience. With lower occupancy in the sleeping cars, ÖBB meets customers' demands for increased privacy.

An innovative addition to the Nightjet experience is the introduction of Mini Cabins within the couchette cars. These single sleeping berths offer a compact yet fully-equipped space for an undisturbed night's rest. Features include storage areas, a movable folding table with an integrated mirror, coat hooks, reading lamps, and adjacent lockers for hand luggage and shoes.

To ensure accessibility for all passengers, every new Nightjet includes a modern accessible couchette compartment catering to up to two wheelchair users and their accompanying persons. Additionally, a barrier-free WC with easy access via a low-floor entrance is available. The multifunctional car provides further enhancements, with six bicycle parking spaces for cycling enthusiasts and expanded space for luggage, strollers, and sports equipment.

ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä emphasised the railway company's commitment to passenger needs, stating, ‘With our new state-of-the-art Nightjets, we will convince with more comfort and privacy in the future, and clearly focus on the needs of the passengers.’