from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A compartment on a European passenger train equipped with four to six berths for sleeping.
  • n. A sleeping berth in one of these compartments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A compartment on a passenger train having berths for sleeping.
  • n. A berth in such a compartment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a compartment on a European passenger train; contains 4 to 6 berths for sleeping


French, diminutive of couche, bed, from Old French; see couch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French couchette. (Wiktionary)


  • If you're in Scandinavia, try booking a sleeping berth - called a "couchette" - on a night train for a reasonable $30 to $50.

    The Seattle Times

  • Prices should be around £120-£165pp return for daytime travel, and £165-£200 return for overnight in a six-berth couchette.

    Pre-season ski news

  • Sharing a couchette with five strangers was hardly deluxe travel, but especially in the age before mobile phones, it often fostered moments of true camaraderie.

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  • You can purchase a return train ticket from London to Madrid through Rail Europe (0844 848 4070), travelling on the Elipsos Train Hotel from £202 return per person with accommodation in a four-berth couchette.

    Cycling Spain's ancient Via de la Plata

  • Of course there was the dreaded train ride back despite getting a couchette, I was starting to get sick and threw up twice on the ride but I think I covered almost everything.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • I splurged on a first-class couchette – so I had a compartment to myself.

    The Woman in the Fifth

  • Guided by a friendly guard, she opened the door to her com-partment and found Franz sitting on a couchette.

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • A single ticket from Paris to Kitzbühel, in a six-berth couchette on the City Night Line sector, costs from €78.

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  • We're hoping that as we trundle through the night in a French couchette it will finally sinking in that we're off travelling for so long. TravelStream? ? Recent Entries at

  • Night services from Munich to Vienna will cost £19 extra, including a berth in a couchette, or £47 for a double sleeper.

    The Guardian World News


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