Word on the street is that flight-free travel is on the rise so if you’re heading overseas this year, you’ll want to know all about Europe’s brand new night-train service, a sure-fire way to transport yourself between some of Europe’s busiest cities in under 16 hours.
Hard-launching on May 25, 2023—the new service is the brainchild of Dutch-Belgian rail company European Sleeper, a rail company that’s been bringing back the fun of night trains since 2021. Now spoiler, there is one stopover in between but the idea is that you jump on a Eurostar train at St Pancras, London (fear not, the changeover is quick and speedy) before changing trains in Brussels and whipping your way past Amsterdam and all the way to Berlin.
For now, the European Sleeper will run its new service three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) but keep your eyes peeled because there are plans to expand it into a nightly run in 2024.
In terms of pricing, a one-way ticket from London to Brussels on Eurostar will set you back around $82 AUD. For your Brussels to Berlin leg on European Sleeper, pricing starts at around $98 AUD and goes up to $258 depending on how comfortable you want to be. If you’re travelling with tiny tots, children under 4 are free (provided they don’t occupy their own bed or seat) and children under 12 travel at a reduced rate.
Just note that at the moment, it’s not yet possible to book a ticket with an Interrail pass but there are plans to make the booking process more seamless in the future.
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