Dutch-Belgian rail company European Sleeper is launching its new Berlin-Brussels ‘Goodnight Train’ service on Thursday, May 25.
Linking the two cities in less than 12 hours, the train will depart Berlin just before 23h00 and arrive in Brussels at 09h30 the next day, stopping at Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The return travel will depart Brussels at 19h30 and arrive just before 07h00 the following day.
Berlin departures are on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and trains leave Brussels on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Costs start at €79 (R1 650) for a single standard seat in a shared compartment, while a private sleeper compartment with its wash basin, made-up bed, and luxury breakfast goes for €229 (R4 785). Other options include shared couchette compartments with up to six berths.
Pets are allowed in private compartments.
The plan is to expand the service to Dresden and Prague from next year. 2025 the company aims to introduce an additional line from Amsterdam to Barcelona.
The service is part of the EU’s plan to boost green transport. The European Commission is assisting with the coordination, regulations, and promotion of 10 new train services to smooth the logistics of connecting rail networks in different countries.