The chic sleeper-train start-up
Tons of sleeper trains used to criss-cross Europe, but in recent times the sector has found itself unable to compete with air travel. That’s all set to change thanks to a French start-up called Midnight Trains, which is re-launching night trains between a dozen or so destinations across the continent. Billed as ‘hotels on rails’ and a modern alternative to the Orient Express, the Midnight routes will be centred on Paris and take passengers as far as Edinburgh, Porto and Copenhagen. It’ll launch its first route in 2024.
Midnight Trains isn’t the only company looking to make a splash in the night-train market. Centred around Germany and Austria, the Nightjet network is looking to launch five new cross-continental routes between now and 2024, while the German Green party has also floated ideas for a Euro Night Sprinter network for continent-wide sleeper services.