Vienna-Hamburg ÖBB nightjet 490

The ÖBB nightjet night train NJ490 connects Vienna and Hamburg with a Travel time of 12 hours and 34 minutes. The Ticket prices start at EUR 29.90. Important stops along the itinerary are St.Pölten, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Göttingen and Hanover. The train carries seats, couchettes and sleeping cars.

The night train is Family friendlyChildren up to 5 years travel free of charge. Children from 6 to 14 years receive low-priced tickets. And there are Private compartments in the seating and couchette carriages.

The train saves you a night in a hotel. It is a real Sustainable alternative to the flight, plus inexpensive and simple a relaxed form of travel.

Night train timetable

Timetable Vienna-Hamburg

Vienna Central Station20:13
Vienna Meidling20:1820:21
Linz Central Station21:3421:36
Wels main station21:4821:50
Passau main station22:3522:53
Regensburg main station23:5423:56
Nuremberg Central Station00:5601:51
Würzburg main station02:4702:50
Hanover main station06:4907:05
Hamburg Central Station08:47
Hamburg Dammtor08:53
Hamburg Altona09:04
Night train couchette and sleeping car


The following categories are available on Nightjet NJ490.

Night train journey time

Travel time

The journey time of the NJ490 from Vienna and Hamburg is 12 hours and 34 minutes.

Night Train Ticket Prices

Ticket prices Vienna-Hamburg

Seat 2nd classfrom EUR 29.90
Berth in a 6-berth compartment from EUR 49.90
Berth in a 4-bed compartment from EUR 59.90
Sleeping car berth in 3-bed compartment from EUR 89.90
Sleeping car berth in 2-bed compartment from EUR 109.90
Sleeping car berth in 1-bed compartment from EUR 159,90

The ticket price depends on your Travel date and Purchase date. The sooner you book, the higher the likelihood of a Economy rail/savings fare ticket to receive. If you choose Departure day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday are fewer travellers on the train, which also results in a cheaper ticket price leads.

Buy night train ticket

Where to buy a ticket?

You can buy your ticket either at NS International, Trainline, the ÖBB or the German Railways Buy

Children on the night train


Up to 5 years: Children up to 5 years old travel free of charge if they share the pitch with an adult. If they need their own place to sleep, they can travel with the Favourable ticket "Child travel.

Ideally it is a Own compartment on the train to book. For more information, see "Private compartment".

Night Train Private Compartment

Private compartment and families

Would you like to go out with your family or friends alone in a compartment travel, without other travellersyou can book your own compartment. This is possible in the seating car, couchette and sleeping car.

Own compartment in the seat carriage from 99 euros

You can have your own seat compartment for Maximum 3 persons for an all-inclusive price starting at 99 euros. These three people can be adults or at least one adult with a maximum of two children up to 14 years.
With three travellers, you can pull out the facing seats a bit, put your legs up and quite comfortable and really very good value travel overnight!

Own compartment in couchette car from 199 euros

Your own couchette compartment is Ideal for families or a Group of friends. You can book a private compartment for a maximum of 6 people from 199 euros. Of which maximum 3 persons adult be, or maximum 5 children up to 14 years old. So it works wonderfully: two parents with one to four children.

Your own compartment in the sleeper car from 159 euros

You can book a sleeper compartment for one, two or three persons from 159 euros. So just for you alone as a single, if you are travelling as a couple as a double or as a triple.
It is important that you book all seats in the compartment. Example: if you are travelling alone and book a bed in a double compartment, it is possible that the second bed (because it is a double) will be occupied by someone else.
Therefore: If you are travelling alone, book the Single option, in pairs the option Double, ...
You also have the option between Standard and Deluxe (including private shower and toilet in the compartment).

Buy a ticket from Vienna to Hamburg


Surprisingly, the Dutch railway company offers a great booking system for this night train.
Very Easy to use and very safeas it is the state railway company. However, it is in English.

Trainline offers tickets for the whole of Europe.

The booking page of the Austrian Federal Railways.

The booking page of Deutsche Bahn.

You save money and a lot of time with this night train. The long journey during the day and at least one overnight stay in a hotel. The ÖBB nightjet from Vienna to Hamburg is the Sustainable and stress-free alternative to flying!
P. Freisberg
Peter Freisberg
Night Train Group Tour


Groups of 6 or more get a discount on the standard price for a seat. These can be requested from ÖBB Customer Service on the following telephone number (in Austria): +43 5 1717

Night Train Dogs and Animals

Dog and animals

You can take your dog or pet with you. However, you have to book a whole compartment, just for you or shared with friends/family members. Your dog will travel with 29 euros calculated. Just add him under "who is driving" on the ÖBB booking page.

Night train bicycle transport


You can simply add the ticket for your bike to the ÖBB booking page ("who rides"). The bicycle on a bicycle parking space is marked with 12 Euro extra calculated. Of course, you can also take your bike disassembled or folded up in a bag as normal luggage. However, I recommend a private compartment.


Night train Car Motorbike

Car and motorbike

You can take your car or motorbike with you on the ÖBB nightjet. For this, you have to specify the model. You can make the booking online forewarning or by phone: +43 5 1717
Loading can only take place at certain stations. These are always the start and end stations.

Photos ÖBB nightjet

Sleeping car

Couchette car

Seat carriage

Hotels in Hamburg

Find cheap hotels and hostels in Hamburg. Compare prices and equipment.

Videos ÖBB nightjet


Daytime train connection from Vienna to Hamburg

You can also travel the route from Vienna to Hamburg during the day. The Journey time is 08:39 hours. You can buy train tickets from EUR 39 Buy

Vienna Central StationICE9013:15
St.Pölten Central Station13:4413:46
Linz Central Station14:3414:36
Passau main station15:3115:37
Regensburg main station16:3316:35
Nuremberg Central Station17:2917:32
Würzburg main station18:2318:26
Hanover main station20:3220:36
Hamburg Central Station21:54
Interrail Eurail

Interrail and Eurail reservations

You can use the ÖBB nightjet from Vienna to Hamburg with your Interrail/Eurail Pass. However, you have to buy a reservation. In return, you save travel time and overnight accommodation in a hostel or hotel.

CategoryInterrail/Eurail Price
Seat14 EUR
Couchette 6-person compartment34 EUR
Couchette car 4-person compartment44 EUR
Sleeping car 3-person compartment54 EUR
Sleeping car 2-person compartment74 EUR
Sleeping car 1 compartment124 EUR
Sleeping Car Deluxe 3 Compartment74 EUR
Sleeping Car Deluxe 2 Compartment94 EUR
Sleeping Car Deluxe 1 Compartment144 EUR

What is Interrail/Eurail?

Interrail/Eurail is a train ticket that allows you to travel by train for a flat rate of up to three months in up to 33 European countries. You can find all information about Interrail here.

Night train regulation

You only need to enter the departure date in your Interrail/Eurail Pass. Not the date of arrival. You will therefore spend on your pass only one travel daywhich is the day of departure. You can also use other trains on this departure day.

Example: you travel from Graz to Vienna in the morning of 02 July. Spend the day sightseeing in Vienna. And in the evening you take the night train to Hamburg. On 03 July you arrive in Hamburg in the morning. The travel day you enter is only 02 July.


You can buy your ticket for the night train from Vienna to Hamburg at NS International, Trainline, at which German Railways and the ÖBB Buy

A couchette car is a compartment with two or three couches on top of each other - on the left and on the right side. The middle is free. You can reach the upper berths with a ladder.

A sleeping car is a compartment with a maximum of three beds. Depending on the occupancy, these are folded out or fixed to the wall. There is always a washbasin in the compartment. In the slightly more expensive deluxe compartments, you also have your own private shower and toilet. Otherwise, this is in the corridor.

You can buy seat tickets from 29 EUR. A 6-seater couchette compartment is available from 49 EUR. For a seat in a 4-seater couchette, you pay from 59 EUR. And a bed in the Sleeping Car costs from 89 EUR (in a Triple), from 109 EUR (in a Double) and from 159 EUR (in a Single). The prices depend on your travel date and how far in advance you book.

On average, the train is cheaper. When making an honest calculation, also take into account the departure to and from the airport to the city centres. In addition, you need one hotel night less with the night train. Besides: the environment you damage with a flight is priceless.

At other questions contact the RailDude Forumin which many train passengers Extensive answer will be given.
Night train Hamburg-Vienna

Flight from Vienna to Hamburg

Of course you can also fly the route from Vienna to Hamburg. The flight time is around 2 hours. Then there is the way from Vienna city centre to the airport. The same in Hamburg, from the airport back to the city centre. Be there in good time, check-in, etc.

Sustainable is, of course, not to sit in a subsidised plane for a short time. Everyone has to decide for themselves at what point they start doing something for Planet Earth. And on this route, from Hamburg to Vienna, it's really easy.

On the night train you save transfers and waiting times. In addition, a Night at the hotelwhich is not really cheap in both cities. It is simply a relaxed shape to travel. Definitely more relaxed and communicative than in a tightly squeezed plane.

Decide for yourself whether you want to preserve our planet or continue to contribute to its destruction. Travelling is not the problem, but the "how" is..
P. Freisberg
Peter Freisberg

4 thoughts on “Wien-Hamburg ÖBB nightjet NJ490”

  1. Hello!
    Do you know how punctual the night trains usually are? I want to travel from Regensburg to Hamburg and from there on to Denmark. With the ÖBB Nightjet I would have a 9 min changeover time in Hamburg. Is that realistic?

    1. Hello Susann.
      I wouldn't rely on the 9 minutes - besides, you change trains with the nightjet NJ490 in Hamburg Hbf. That means going up the escalator/steps from the platform (track 8), over to track 11 and down the escalator/steps again. With luggage, lots of people in the morning traffic. Difficult.
      I would take a later connection to Denmark. Important: book early. The connections from Germany to Denmark are quite limited in capacity and booked up quickly.
      Many greetings, Peter 🙂

  2. Good afternoon I would like to request a non-binding offer for a journey from Göttingen to Vienna by night train. Outward journey on 20.03.2023 Return journey on 25.03.2023 in a 2-person sleeping compartment.
    Thank you
    mfg T.Wolfram

    1. Good day.
      In the "2-person sleeping compartment" means TWO passengers, or that you want to share a compartment with a stranger?

      Departure from Göttingen is at 22:59, arrival in Vienna at 09:14.
      For the outward journey, there are only 3-person compartments in the sleeping car. Here, a "private couchette compartment" may be an option.

      Departure Vienna at 20:11, arrival Göttingen at 05:51.
      The sleeping car is already fully booked. There are no more private compartments in the couchette car.

      This is often the case at the moment, as the night trains are in great demand and are booked up relatively quickly.

      Unfortunately, I can't really help you with that. You can find prices and details on the ÖBB booking page,

      Many greetings.

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