Traveling by night train in a sleeper car is an experience that is more rare these days. In most European night trains, it is possible to book a single bed in a shared room. This option is therefore welcome because it is much cheaper than booking the entire room.
One very nice thing that I like to do in the night trains is, before I fall asleep, turn off the lights of the room and leave the window open to admire the night landscape that runs. Very magical and relaxing. Then, after a while, I drop the shade and go to bed.
There are lucky times when no one else has reserved the other beds in the compartment. For other occasions, I often found my roommate (grumpy) eager to pull the curtain down when entering the room, even when the train had not left yet. Then he quickly turns off all the lights and goes to bed.
From that moment, I am very afraid to wake up a sleeping monster, to feel obliged to do all night my night preparations, without even using the personal reading lamp. There are usually amenities in a paper bag (on Nightjets for example); I do not use them because of the noisy chance of opening the bag …
The situation can be even more embarrassing if I take the train to the intermediate station and that someone already sleeps in the room.
What are the common rules of etiquette governing night trains in Europe? This could make the above situations less stressful for next time!
- If one wants to sleep immediately and the other to stay awake, read a few pages of a book / finish a little work on the laptop / do things to fall asleep after a while , how to manage it?
- Is it possible to use the sink to cool off a bit?
- How to properly manage intimacy while dressing for the night? Is it acceptable to wear comfortable sleeping clothes or are passengers supposed to sleep in their daytime clothes?
This mainly concerns trips to Europe, where sleepers are in closed rooms. Russian trays and Indian railroad cars are excluded from the scope, for example.