London to Ljubijana

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  1. Tom C

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    Evening all

    In November, I am looking at taking the train from London through to Ljubijana in Slovenia. Obviously, I know the timetable is subject to change over the months but it seems as if the route suggested by Seat 61 and bahn.de is to go via Munich and take the sleeper which arrives at a rather unpleasant time of the morning or stay in Munich overnight for a Eurocity train the next day.

    I have noticed a MV415 train which runs from Zurich to Belgrade which goes through Ljubijana and not only arrives at a much more agreeable 08:11 but leaves Zurich at a reasonable 20:40.

    Couple of questions a) does this run all year, b) does it have the usual sleeper facilities and c) are there any FIP restrictions to be aware of.

    Cheers

    TC
     
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    Firstly, the timetable is not officially 'subject to change' as the European timetable now runs from December to December so if a train is in the timetables for this year it will run in November unless it is a summer dated train. Even if not published the timetable planners will have agreed the dates and schedules of cross-border trains)

    So:
    Yes the train from Zurich runs daily all year. It runs to Zagreb, not Belgrade.

    It is now one of the new Austrian-operated 'Nightjet' services but also goes under the older designation 'EN' (Euronight)

    The train is EN465 according to the Swiss paper timetable (but German railways Bahn.de timetable planner site calls it EN40465).

    Should be a comfortable service with modern stock. Has sleepers, couchettes, bar buffet coach and 2nd class seats

    The only problem is that it traverses some famous Austrian transalpine railway routes and you will miss all the spectacular engineering and Austrian Alps scenery...


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    Cheers Gordon

    No idea where I got Belgrade from (shame it doesn't go through mind), must have been looking at an old schedule.

    Those train numbers you quoted does show a consist on Wagonweb which shows the coaches from Zurich to Zagreb as Croatian sleepers which from experience are comfortable enough.

    Cheers for the help!
     
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    At Schwarzach-St.Veit there are wagons added that travel to Beograd.
     
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    If using a sleeper, I would opt for the Köln-München NJ (possibly going through to Wörgl for extra sleep and scenery, though it's a bit of a risky connection). It's a shame to miss the Tauern in daylight...
     
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    Agreed. I did Salzburg to Ljubljana a few years back. Views were amazing.
     
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    Come to think of it, EC163 from Zurich at 0840 would be another option (I'm booked Feldkirch-Graz...) but it means 2 whole days travelling.
     
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    Worth remembering that the OP stated this would be in November, so lots of planning in order to accomodate a daylight journey in specific scenic zones might be scuppered anyway if the weather is poor (eg fog). Even the morning EC departure from Frankfurt/Stuttgart gets to the Tauern quite late in the afternoon not that long before sunset (sunset half 4 ish in November)
     
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    In November daylight in Austria is somewhere between 7.30 and 17.00 hours.
     
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    And even that, depending on conditions, is pushing it. If an overcast day (you get a lot of them then) and towards the end of the month, I'd say you can say gute nacht to daylight by 16.00. I certainly remember photographing (or trying to) in late September and it was too dark even at that time of year by around 17.00. (This was in the days of 'proper' photography, with 125 asa Ilford FP4.) It was also smack on the then Czechoslovak border, right in the east.
     
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    When I went to Slovenia a couple of years ago I went Paris-Basel then spent a couple of days in Switzerland (in Lucerne) on the way out and also stayed 1 nightt at Innsbruck (Ibis entrance is in the station concourse).
    I got a train about 08:30 ish next morning and changed at Schwarzach-St.Veit.
    I was only going as far as Jessenice. Schwarzach-St.Veit to Villach is a very scenic section of line.
    on the return journey I spent 2 nights in Saltzberg then return via Colgone & Brussels.
     
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    Fairly sure it travelled to Belgrade at least a couple of years ago, as I travelled on it from Zagreb - Belgrade. It loses all the sleeper cars at Zagreb and then carries on to Belgrade as a day train (with only 3 rammed coaches), so you're not a million miles out on your first assumption.
     
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    Currently the Wien - Budapest - Beograd and v.v. train (day and night) has 4 wagons.
     
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