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 European 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 the highly anticipated European Sleeper service will finally make its first departure on May 25 – and tickets are officially now on sale. 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.
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.
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. European Sleeper also recently announced plans to set up a direct night train route between Amsterdam and Barcelona in spring 2025.
All this is a big win for green travel. 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 went on sale on February 20. You can book them here.
Did you see this spectacular new night train that links two of Europe’s coolest cities?
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