ÖBB launches climate friendly night train, connecting Vienna and Genoa

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Austrian rail operator ÖBB and Trenitalia in Italy have officially commenced Nightjet operations, connecting Vienna Central Station in Austria with the Italian Rivera, providing a climate-friendly alternative to air travel between the two countries.

The first Nightjet set off on December 11, at 7:18pm and travelled from Vienna via Leoben, Villach, Tarvisio, Verona and Milan to Genoa and on to La Spezia.

“With the new night train, we are connecting cities such as Vienna, Munich, Milan and Genoa in a climate-friendly way overnight – and thus making rail travel even more attractive compared to flying by plane,” said climate protection and transport minister, Leonore Gewessler.

“Because those who choose the train are around 50 times more climate-friendly and reach the destination rested and relaxed. The new, state-of-the-art Nightjets will offer even more comfort and privacy in the future. I am very pleased about the cross-border direct connection, which shows that we take climate protection seriously – and invest in the mobility of the future,” Gewessler added.

“2023 will be a real ‘Italy year’ for ÖBB: Italy is the most popular holiday destination for Austrians and we make sure that it can also be reached in a climate-friendly way. With the extension of the Nightjet to Genoa and La Spezia, we are taking the next step towards making the night train network in Europe even larger. With Liguria and the Cinque Terre region, we are offering our customers new attractive nightjet destinations that they can reach comfortably and climate-friendly overnight,” added ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä.