A-Z April Challenge – N Is For Night Trains

Anybody that follows Wilbur’s Travels will know that I adore an overseas train journey and absolutely adore an overnight train.

They have to be one of the bargains of our time, being transport, hotel & restaurant rolled into one. And environmentally friendly too!

Istanbul to Thessaloniki Train
Istanbul to Thessaloniki Train

Favourite overnight train journeys have included Bangkok to Laos, Hue to Hanoi in Vietnam, Istanbul to Adana in Turkey en-route to Syria overland, Istanbul to Erzurum in Eastern Turkey en-route to Georgia, Tbilisi to Yerevan in Armenia, Tbilisi to Baku, Khiva to Tashkent in Uzbekistan and Sevastopol to Lviv in Ukraine (at 27-hours still my longest train journey to date).

Wilbur Arrival By Train, Yerevan, Armenia From Batumi, Georgia
Wilbur Arrival By Overnight Train, Yerevan, Armenia From Batumi, Georgia
Tashkent Train Station, Uzbekistan
Tashkent Train Station

I am praying that my Trans-Siberian adventure from St Petersburg to Vladivostok finally goes ahead in 2021, though there are of course still a few hurdles to overcome.

Within Europe, there is set to be a huge expansion of overnight trains led by Austria’s Nightjet utilising slick new trains and high-speed lines.

However, I will always have a penchant for the old Eastern European trains pulled by diesel locomotives that trundle along the tracks of the Balkans and the Former Iron Curtain countries.

Belgrade Train Station
Belgrade’s Former Main Train Station

Overnight trains have pulled me to the likes of Serbia, North Macedonia, Greece, Moldova, Hungary, Czechia, Romania and Poland, and each and every one of them is a very special memory.

Moldovan Locomotive, Chisinau
Moldovan Locomotive, Chisinau

If you like reading, I have chronicled my Balkan journeys in my book, Travelling By Train Across The Balkans that you can buy from Amazon.

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans, Book by Will Linsdell
Featuring Train Travel in Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Northern Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, & European Turkey

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