European Sleeper first night train pushed to summer of 2022

European Sleeper’s first night train service from Brussels to Prague will commence in the summer of 2022, the company announced on Monday. This means a delay of at least three months.

The first night trains were originally scheduled to enter into service in April 2022. But, according to European Sleeper, deploying right mix of sleepers, couchettes and day coaches is taking more time “optimise. Instead, ticket sales will now begin in April.

European Sleeper has three departures from Brussels scheduled per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, respectively. The night train will travel via Antwerp, Rotterdam, The Hague HS and Amsterdam before crossing into Germany. There, the train calls at Hannover, Berlin and Dresden, among other cities.

Plans to add the Belgian cities of Gent, Brugge and Oostende to the service have been shelved for the time being. “The operational costs in Belgium are such that calling at these cities cannot be made cost-effective”, European Sleeper said. The company will reevaluate the situation in 2023. It wants add a night train to the Polish capital Warsaw the same year.

European Sleeper in June announced a tie-up with Belgian firm Moonlight Express, which also had a night train service to Prague in the works. This made a merger the logical thing to do.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

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