After years of announcements of new routes, Europe’s night train revival is now in full-swing. All across the continent, trains are providing a much more comfortable, eco-friendly and sometimes even cheaper alternative to planes.
And we now know the official launch date of yet another new sleeper route. Rail start-up European Sleeper has announced a night train service that’ll link two of Europe’s most culture-packed capitals: Brussels and Prague. While the route was initially announced in 2021 and slated for launch last summer, it’s now been officially confirmed with a launch date of March 25 2024.
If the name European Sleeper rings any bells, that might be because the company just launched a brand-new route between Berlin and Brussels, and we tried it out. You can read all about our experiences on European Sleeper’s new route here.
European Sleeper’s Brussels-Prague route is an extension of that Brussels-Berlin route. Expected to take about 15 hours and stop at Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Berlin, it’ll also stop at Dresden before arriving in Prague. Thanks to the Eurostar connection in Brussels, the journey from London to Prague will be doable with just one same-station change in the Belgian capital.
Exact prices for European Sleeper’s upcoming service haven’t yet been announced, though, excitingly, it was recently revealed that Interrail tickets will be accepted on the company’s routes. Since July 1 2023, Interrailers have been able to reserve seats, couchettes and beds on European Sleeper trains.
On top of all that, European Sleeper wants to eventually increase its Brussels-Berlin service to once per day (it currently runs three times per week). In 2025, it also intends to launch a service from Amsterdam all the way down to Barcelona.
Find out more on the official European Sleeper website here, then read about why there’s no better time than now to ditch planes for travelling over land and sea.
The revival of rail travel in Europe
It’s clear that major change is happening in how we travel, with many of us becoming more conscious about travelling sustainably. Choosing flight-free travel is one of the most impactful ways to become a more sustainable tourist, and Europe’s rail revival is making that easier than ever. has extensively covered Europe’s train travel renaissance, from the brand-new sleeper trains that have launched this year to new high-speed services.
And it’s not just about convenience: many European countries are ensuring train travel can be done affordably. Countries such as Germany, Portugal and France have launched budget-friendly monthly transport passes.
Did you see that ‘personal carbon allowances’ could soon restrict how often we travel?
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