Night Train Rule

  • 27 April 2022
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I'm starting my Interrail-adventure next week and my first train will be from St. Pölten to Zürich. I want to catch the train as early as possible, because I plan on travelling from Zurich to Milan on the same day, so I only use one travel-day. 

My question is the following: the train departs on the 3rd of May at 20:40 from Budapest and arrives in St. Pölten at 23:59 (still May 3rd) with the departure at 00:01 on the 4th of May.

Will this cost me one or two travel days, as I'll be boarding the train right on the edge of those two days.

Which time counts? The departure time or the time of arrival? 

Thank you in advance,



Best answer by Angelo 27 April 2022, 09:51

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Always dep. time, of course. The usual planners, of Oebb or will also show it like that. This is indeed a found that is taking it to extreme.

On that 1 day you could in the end even use the overnight from Lialno (<23.59) to the south of Italy.

So, in summary: I should be good to go and will only use up one travel day? :)

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For Example the train from Milan to Sicily departs at 20:00 and arrives next day at 16:00 in Sicily. You need only one travel day, because you don’t change trains after midnight. 

For your train, also when the train is delayed, no problem.