As part of the festivities for 175 years of Swiss railways, SBB and ÖBB presented the couchette car of the future. That is not surprising. Because at least since the climate discussion, international passenger transport has been on the upswing again. In the last three months, demand has once again risen sharply. In particular, Interrail and the night train business are showing an upward trend and are partly at the level before Corona, as reported by the SBB.
From December 2022, SBB, together with its cooperation partner ÖBB, will expand the offer to Hamburg (D) and Berlin with a new night train via Leipzig (D) and Dresden (D) to Prague. The ÖBB has therefore converted 22 passenger cars into modern multifunctional couchette cars for Nightjet use in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
More toilets and WiFi
The “Comfort couchette car” was presented to the public for the first time in Switzerland during the celebrations in Basel. The converted couchette cars are equipped with barrier-free compartments, two toilets per car, parking spaces for prams and bicycles, free WiFi and USB sockets.
The converted couchette car will be used on the SBB night train lines from June this year, initially on the Zurich-Graz and Zurich-Berlin lines. “In this way we are making the offer much more attractive and supporting the further expansion of the night train business,” said Véronique Stephan, Head of Market Passenger Transport at SBB.
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