From Brussels to Berlin: Sleeper trains are on their way to the Netherlands (but with a few changes)

Going to sleep in Amsterdam and waking up in Berlin; the first sleeper trains are scheduled to start services between Belgium and Germany via the Netherlands in 2023. 

Night trains are making a big comeback. From next year, youโ€™ll be able to sleep comfortably between your destinations with rail service, European Sleeper.

The company announced the plans in April last year with intentions to take passengers from Brussels to Prague. Now, theyโ€™re advising it’s full steam ahead to get to Berlin โ€” but Prague will have to wait until 2024.ย 

The first carriages have been rented

European Sleeper have announced that they have secured enough rental coaches in order to allow operations to start. 

โ€œSecuring access to good quality sleeper coaches is crucial to get more night trains on track.,โ€ says project manager of European Sleeper, Rob Gelissen. โ€œWe are preparing both the acquisition of renovated second-hand coaches, as well as completely new ones.โ€ย 

READ MORE | The Netherlands just welcomed a new night train (and southerners are going to love it!)

The planned route

The trains were originally intended to connect the cities Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Hannover, Berlin, Dresden, and Prague. 

However, due to construction works south of Dresden, there wasnโ€™t a track capacity allocated to make it all the way to Prague.

For this reason, the train will be travelling from Brussels via Amsterdam, and Berlin will be the last stop for 2023. For 2024, the company hopes there will be capacity for Prague again.

Take your pet with you

Last not but certainly not least to all pet owners, the train happily confirmed that pets will be allowed on board. 

The only extra step you would have to do is book a private compartment for you and your furry friend! ๐Ÿˆ

Are you planning to book this night train once itโ€™s available? Tell us in the comments below! 

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Francesca Burbano
Francesca Burbano
Francesca is an international at heart but moved to the Netherlands to get her degree in media and communication. While she's not a big fan of the cold weather and biking (for good reason โ€” she's been hit by bikes three times already), she fell in love with the canals, bitterballen, and the 'gezelligheid' of Dutch culture. When she's not writing, you'll find her reading thriller books, hitting her personal records at the gym, and cuddling up with her Ragdoll cat.


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