SWEDISH operator Snälltåget introduced a new overnight service from Malmö to Zell am See in the Austrian Alps on January 28.

A ceremony was held at Malmö station to mark the departure of the inaugural service, the first regular overnight service to operate between Scandinavia and the Alps for several decades.

The train is scheduled to depart Malmö at 14.40 and stops in Høje Taastrup outside Copenhagen, Odense and Kolding, arriving in the Austrian Alps at 10.27 the following morning. The service continues to Schawarzach, Bishofshofen and Salzburg, arriving at 12.16. There are also bus connections to additional ski resorts from Zell am See.

The inaugural eight car-train train to the Alps carried 285 passengers, with around half boarding in Malmö and the remainder in Denmark. The train consists of seven sleeping cars and a restaurant car.

The return train left Salzburg at 16.48 on January 29, arriving in Zell am See at 18.36, and Malmö at 15.55. The train will continue to operate on Friday and Saturday nights until March 18/19.