Solo Backpacking in Europe: Thello -The Sleeper train

so how was my experience in sleeper train…

A friend of mine, told me, if I’m going to Europe, better experience trains, and try sleeper train.

Thello Sleeper train

While I’m planning for my itinerary, all of my transfer from one country to another is just plain and train.

So it will be my first time to experience a sleeper train, I mean a bed on an overnight travel (why not).

There are of course expensive one, but comfortable. And there’s cheaper one..but not so comfortable. I said not so comfortable, because I think this will be not advisable for tall and has a big body built. I’m just petite so, I don’t have any problems on stretching my legs ๐Ÿ˜Š

I reserved ahead of time so my fare was just โ‚ฌ35. From Venice to Paris.
The train was on time, and it will just stay for maybe 10 minutes, for the passengers to get in.

There is 6 couchettes for each room.
You can choose coed or men or women. I chose the room that will just accommodate women.

I’m was contemplating if I want to sleep at the top bunk or at the middle.
But I chose the middle bunk, mainly because I always have the urge to go to the washroom, and it will be hard for me to go down if I’m at the top bunk…haha

Each bunk, have bottled water (which is beside the bed), bedding sheet, blanket and pillow. But, the pillow is not what you think it is. It’s like you don’t have a pillow at all ๐Ÿ˜œ. I didn’t choose the bottom bunk, because of what I saw on some reviews, when you unfolded/arrange the middle bunk, the divider (I don’t know what it’s called…like a camel bone, ๐Ÿ˜…) will be at the top of the person who will be sleeping on it. But it will be on the top of your feet, but still ๐Ÿ˜œ

Thello Sleeper train

Each bunk also has reading lights. And a door lock.

The room is not that big, so if you have a large luggage and you’re the last one, you will hard a hard time on where to put it. But there’s a place for luggage, it will just be hard for you put it on the top and put it down again.

Thello Sleeper train

Thello Sleeper train

Thello Sleeper train

I just put my backpack under one of the bottom bunk. Luckily, we are just 5 on the 6 couchettes, so the other passengers were able to put their luggage on the vacant bottom bunk. But if we’re 6, I don’t know where the luggage would have been,๐Ÿ˜.

There will be attendants that will get your passport and will return it early in the morning. This is for border cross checking.
Make sure that your passport/visa should be valid toย to enter/cross a particular the country. This information is on Thello’s site. So you can check before reserving online.

I had a good sleep, surprisingly…maybe I’m just really tired,๐Ÿ˜ช.
But every now and then, someone will knock or get out, so yeah, from time to time you’ll wake up. Unless you’re not that sensitive.

Will I recommend Thello sleeper train, yes.
Will I ride it again, yes.

Again, it depends, on what you’re after and again this is not good for big people, IMO ๐Ÿ˜„Because you will need to fold your knees when you’re sleeping ๐Ÿ˜Š


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