Mar 31, 2015 - 04:52 AM
If your budget allows, a berth in the sleeping-car is the most civilised, comfortable & romantic way to travel, and in a deluxe compartment you even get a private toilet & shower. To be honest, however, there's not much difference between a deluxe and economy sleeper other than the en suite shower & toilet, so an economy sleeper is fine, especially as there's a shower at the end of the corridor anyway and often a big price difference between deluxe and economy sleepers. Couchettes are the economy option, simple bunks supplied with sheet, rug and pillow, great for families or groups of friends or individual travellers on a budget. A berth in a less crowded 4-berth compartment is well worth the extra over a berth in a 6-berth compartment, the 4-berth couchette compartments are the same size as the 6-berth rooms, just with fewer passengers per room. Ordinary seats are usually arranged in 6-seat compartments with no lock on the door and no attendant on duty. Travelling overnight in a basic seat is not very comfortable and the best advice is to always book a couchette or sleeper for a safe & sound night's sleep, even if you're on a tight budget. Incidentally, ships have 'cabins', the correct term on a train is 'compartment'.