Well before the hype of European Sleeper‘s Ostend – Prague and Ostend – Warsaw routes and of Moonlight Express‘ Barcelona – Perpignan – Brussels – Berlin dream, Sweden announced going for a night train from Malmö to Cologne and Brussels. But now, a French minister is implying a Paris – Brussels – Cologne – Copenhagen – Malmö sleeper train.
Train travel is living a momentum. At least on paper and in conversations, as there is still this COVID-19 reality and no-one has a crystal ball to predict how travellers will react to increasing ideological pressure on short flights.
But anyway, international train travel from high speed day trains to night trains are experiencing a hype.
Paris – Nice
This week, SNCF relaunched the Paris – Nice night train, attended by Prime Minister Jean Castex. The Paris – Nice has no beds but only couchettes. But the rolling stock is being modernised.
It was on this occasion that Minister Delegate for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (LREM) this map of potential night train routes. Nothing firm yet, but these routes are being investigated.
Firstly, “Minister Delegate”? A Minister Delegate (ministre délégué) is a minister in the French government in charge of a specific issue within a ministry. They are placed under the authority of a specific cabinet minister or that of the Prime Minister. According to protocol, a Minister Delegate ranks between a Minister and a Secretary of State.
Djebarri’s supervising minister is Minister for Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili (Ecologist Group).
ÖBB‘s Nightjet to Vienna, the European Sleeper, the Moonlight Express, the Ostende – Vienne Orient Experience, Paris – Malmö. And of course Thalys, Eurostar, Izy, inOui and Benelux services. The IBRU international train manager team will have work to do.
Other routes on the map are also promising.
- Paris – Bordeaux – Madrid.
- Paris – Rome.
- Paris – Venice.
- Paris – Vienna.
- Paris – Berlin.
- Barcelona – Zurich.
- Barcelona – Metz.
- Moonlight Express wants a Barcelona – Perpignan – Brussels – Berlin night train.
- Ostende-Vienne Orient Experience plans tourist season night trains from Brussels and Antwerp to Salzburg, Innsbruck and Milan.
- Not only Prague: RegioJet European Sleeper preparing Ostend – Warsaw night train.
- European Sleeper announces Berlin and Prague as destinations.
- Moonlight Express to offer night train services between Brussels, Liège and Berlin from April 2022.
- The couchette and sleeping cars for the Ostend – Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin – Prague European Sleeper by RegioJet.
- The couchette and sleeping cars for the Brussels – Liège – Berlin Moonlight Express.
- Moonlight Express to include bar / restaurant coaches and sustainable quality food on Brussels – Liège – Berlin night train.
- 2021, European Year of Rail.
- ‘Green Speed’: Train operators Thalys and Eurostar to become one.
- European Sleeper to launch night train services from the Netherlands and Belgium in April 2022.
- Nightjet Vienna/Innsbruck to Brussels, or how we got thrown off the train in Aachen.
- NIGHTJET | Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB and Swiss Federal Railways SBB-CFF-FFS present 2024 Austro-Swiss night train plans for Europe.
- Why the expensive ÖBB Nightjet is really not that expensive.
- Reliving the era of the great railway journeys, travelling overnight on Nightjet.
- How we plan a big rail trip.
- Ticket Distribution: the failure of railways to sell themselves.
- Malmö – Cologne – Brussels Night train.
- BOOK REVIEW | ‘Night Trains, The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper’ by Andrew Martin.
- To use night trains in Portugal and Spain or not?.
- Night trains in Europe.
- Low-cost, long-haul trains to conquer Europe?.
- Fly now before it’s taxed and consider using the train instead.
- A passengers train from Antwerp in Belgium to Shanghai in China?.
- Venice Simplon-Orient-Express comes to Brussels in June 2021 and April 2022.
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- 2017 Eastern Europe, Balkan and Greece Rail Trip.
- 2018 Poland Trip.
- 2018 Rail Tour of France, Italy and Switzerland.