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A brand-new overnight train will link several European cities in 2023

The long-awaited European Sleeper service will connect London and Berlin via Brussels, with additional stops in Amsterdam and Rotterdam

Written by
Grace Beard

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know by now that European train travel is back in a big way. A slew of new sleeper trains have been announced in recent months, including Nightjet’s Germany to Croatia service and an exciting new route from Prague to Switzerland via Czech national rail operator ČD.

And now it’s been announced that the highly anticipated European Sleeper service will finally make its first departure in May 2023. Initially billed to launch in 2022, the service – aptly named the ‘Good Night Train’ – will link Brussels and Berlin via Amsterdam and Rotterdam, giving travellers the opportunity to experience three dazzling European capitals via one overnight service. 

What’s more, the new route will link up with Eurostar, meaning passengers in the UK will be able to join the sleeper train service to Berlin with one quick change in Brussels. That’s right: from May 25, you’ll be able to hop on the 15:04 from London St Pancras, enjoy a quick beer in Brussels before dozing all the way to Berlin. 

If that’s not exciting enough, the pan-European sleeper route is set to extend even further in 2024, sweeping passengers from Brussels all the way to Prague, with an additional stop in the historic German city of Dresden

The service from Brussels will initially run three times a week, and prices from Brussels or Amsterdam to Berlin start at €49 for a seat (or €79 for a couchette, if you want a proper kip). All services will of course include free wi-fi, coffee and breakfast – something you wouldn’t get on a budget flight, that’s for sure. 

Plus, by choosing train travel, you’ll be doing your part to save the planet. Apparently a single trip from one of these trains will produce 75 fewer tonnes of carbon than the equivalent plane journey. Honestly, flying is so last year.

Tickets for the new European Sleeper service go on sale from February 20. You can book them here.

Did you see that New Zealand is launching incredible multi-day rail tours?

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