The ball runs through the church for the Dutch-Belgian Railways European Sleeper. In May next year, the first night train will run between Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin. The night train will run back and forth three times a week.
The first trip of the new night train is scheduled for May 25, with an overnight trip to the Low Countries. Those who leave Berlin at 10:56pm will arrive the next day at 9:27am at Brussels South Station, or a little earlier at 8:47am in Antwerp. The train will depart from Berlin on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Conversely, a night train departs from Brussels-South on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:22pm (8:01pm in Antwerp), with the first journey on May 26th. This train arrives at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof platform at 6:48 am. There are also many stations in the Netherlands and Germany.
The night train between Brussels and Berlin has been discussed for some time. Initially, the intention was for it to start in the spring of 2022. Then that date was changed to summer, but in May it became clear that European Sleeper could not achieve that ambition either.
In 2023 to Prague
The announced night train will have ten carriages and will offer passengers seats, carriages and sleeping places, with prices starting at €49 for a seat, from €79 for a carriage and from €109 for a sleeper. Tickets can be booked from February 20. Breakfast is included in the camper and sleeping cars.
The intention is to extend the train service even beyond Berlin to Dresden and the Czech capital Prague from December 2023, as initially planned. If possible, the initiators also want to go from 3 flights a week to a daily train from 2024. “Everything has been done for the announced plans,” explains Chris Engelsmann, co-initiator of the initiative.
This will be the second night train in Belgium, after the Austrian railway company ÖBB’s NightJet to Vienna.
European Sleeper was previously merged with the Belgian night train initiative Moonlight Express. In the latest share issue, nearly 1,400 new shareholders joined, who together invested 2 million euros in the European Sleeper company. Discussions are ongoing with potential investment partners to finance the refurbished vehicles.
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