For all of you train fans, and/or folks who don’t want to deal with airport woes, Europe is getting a pair of new overnight rail services.
For the first one, from 25 May, the European Sleeper will be chugging its way from Germany’s capital to Belgium’s capital, stopping at Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Antwerp, as well as a few other cities along the route.
The train will have three different classes:
- Sleepers – Deluxe, with three beds and a sink in the compartment, breakfast, and a welcome drink included.
- Couchettes – Comfort, with a maximum of six beds, as well as a smaller breakfast, and a bottle of water.
- Seats – Budget, six seats per compartment — seating reservations are included — but drinks and snacks can be purchased by train attendants. The entire budget compartment can also be purchased, save for trips only between the Netherlands and Belgium.
Well then, let’s go for a ride—
Starting in Berlin:
Although daily schedules might slightly differ due to track maintenance, the European Sleeper is typically expected to leave at 22:56 from Berlin.
From Berlin, you’ve got 7.5 hours until Amsterdam, where the European Sleeper is slated to arrive at Amsterdam Centraal — the model for Tokyo Station — at around 06:31.
An hour later, you’re in Rotterdam, one of the modern architecture centers of the continent:
Then, Antwerp at 08:43:
Finally, Brussels by 09:27:
Oh, sorry about that. Can’t find my Brussels photos. No matter … let the European Sleeper take you there to snap your pictures.
Speaking of which, the return journey from Brussels is expected to depart at 19:22 from Brussels Midi, and should make it to Berlin by 06:48. But hotel check-in isn’t for another few hours…
That sounds like a neat addition to the train travel scene in Europe, but at the beginning I did mention a second trainline coming into service. Eventually, there will be an Amsterdam to Barcelona, although the details aren’t out yet.
Would you consider taking the European Sleeper?
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