Oh boy, here we go!
Our time in Vienna has come to an end but you can read about it here. So the most affordable way we could find from Vienna, Austria to Florence, Italy was by the night train. We bought two first class tickets – these were not sleeper car tickets. Our cabin looked like this. I usually call it the Harry Potter cabin.
Our seats were closest to the window and we faced each other. It’s not too bad because we had fold out tables to work on and power outlets to keep our gear charged.
In the middle seats were an Austrian couple in their mid twenties. Nice folks headed to Rome for Easter. And in the seats closest to the door, where the photo is taken, was an older handicapped Austrian couple. They eventually moved to a different cabin because there was not enough space inside for their wheelchair.
We worked through the evening until 10 or so when it was lights out. If you’re unfamiliar with these cabin seats, they slide out to form a “bed” almost like a futon. So if you pulled the seat of each of the six seats towards the center of the cabin it would form a bed, of sorts.
So that’s what we did! At first we slept head to foot…
…but then we took a cue from the Austrian couple (yes, they were also sleeping a few feet from us) and switched to traditional style.
We woke up on and off all night, and going to the bathroom was tricky. Imagine having to step over sleeping strangers on a bed, because that’s exactly what we had to do. Wish we had a picture of that.
We woke up at 5:45am and found ourselves in Florence, which was so fun to explore before the hoards of people crowded the streets.
Would we take the night train again? That depends on how much money we’d save. It worked out this time but if we had six people trying to sleep in that cabin at the same time it would have been a disaster, so probably not. Great memories, though! All in all, we give the night train…