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April Clare Welsh
4 January 2023, 13:11

New overnight sleeper train between London and Berlin launches this year

Board the Eurostar on a Friday afternoon and wake up in Berlin on Saturday morning

New overnight sleeper train between London and Berlin launches this year

A new overnight sleeper train between London and Berlin is launching this year.

From 25th May, you will be able to travel between the two cities in under 16 hours, boarding the Eurostar at St Pancras Station on a Friday afternoon (15:04) and changing in Brussels (18:04) before waking up in Berlin the following morning (06:48). 

The first 10-carriage sleeper will depart on 25th May with tickets available for the overnight sleeper train available here from 20th February. Prices will start from €49 for a seat, €79 for a couchette (a seat that converts into a bed) and €109 for a sleeper compartment.

Breakfast in bed is included in the journey and bicycles can be taken onboard, with pets in private compartments. The London to Berlin route will run three times a week at first, with nightly excursions due by 2024.

The pan-European sleeper route is also set to extend even further in 2024, taking passengers between Brussels and Prague, with an additional stop in the German city of Dresden.

Chris Engelsman, the co-founder of the European Sleeper service, recently told the Guardian that plans had been previously held back by a lack of available train carriages.

“It’s just that because of all the new initiatives there’s just very few carriages left, and for many years nothing has been invested in the rolling stock,” he said.

At first, the 10-carriage sleeper trains will be formed as compartments of six, four and three-person capacities with normal carriages in the "near future" enabling two-person options.

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