I booked one night in a private cabin on a Nightjet sleeper train between European countries.
For $200, I slept in an enclosed space with three beds, a vanity, and a wash basin.
I thought having a private cabin was worth the price tag for the 11-hour ride.
On overnight trains, a private cabin is always worth the upgrade.
My most recent sleeper train journey was an 11-hour ride on a Nightjet train from Venice to Vienna. I spent about $200 for a private cabin and thought it was well worth the price.
Here's what the cost will get you.
I recently spent a night on a sleeper train traveling between European countries.
Operated by OBB Nightjet, the 11-hour journey took me from Venice, Italy, to Vienna, Austria, and I slept well in a private cabin.
I booked a private cabin for about $200.
I booked the train's top-tier accommodation — a private cabin that sleeps up to three travelers. It's a step above shared rooms with bunks, and two steps above a seating carriage accommodation.
I've booked both lower tiers in the past for more than $100 less, but found I struggled to sleep in a tight space among strangers.
A narrow corridor led to my private, enclosed cabin.
Inside my cabin, there were three beds — one top bunk, one in the middle, and one bottom bunk — as well as a wash basin, and a vanity.
I've found that trains feel less shaky closer to the ground, so I went with the bottom bunk.
The room locked from the inside for safety, and I used a key card to get in and out of the cabin.
The bottom bunk took up the right side of the room.
The bed felt more comfortable than a typical train bed thanks to a thick comforter. On the wall next to the bed, I spotted conveniently placed cupholders and a small storage net.
On the bed, there was a welcome bag with complimentary slippers, earplugs, and more.
In private cabins, Nightjet travelers get a goodie bag. Mine had slippers, a sleep mask, earplugs, a washcloth, a pen, and wafer treats.
I thought it was a nice touch that made my trip feel a tad luxurious.
On the left side of the room, two doors opened to reveal a sink and vanity.
Private cabins are the only Nightjet accommodations that include a sink and vanity.
The vanity had a wash basin inside, as well as racks to store toiletries. Beneath the vanity, there was a built-in trash can.
There was no toilet in the room, but passengers had access to a shared bathroom with a shower at the end of the train car.
To the right of the vanity, there were hangers I used to keep my clothes looking tidy.
Hanging up my outfit for the next day in my cabin made it easier to get ready quickly in the morning.
There was storage space for luggage next to the highest bunk.
I didn't use the space since I was traveling with just a backpack and there was plenty of floor space, but I think the storage would be a great amenity for passengers who don't pack as light.
The room had amenities from outlets to reading lights.
In my cabin, I could also control the temperature of the room and the volume of the announcement speaker.
In the morning, I received a complimentary breakfast to end my trip.
Thanks to the private space and cozy comforter, I slept well in my cabin.
In the morning, a train attendant brought a tray of coffee, yogurt, hard rolls, and condiments like butter, Nutella, and fruit preserves.
It was a nice way to end the journey, and I felt far more rested and refreshed than I would had I slept in a shared cabin.
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