Sleeper trains in Europe are all set to make a comeback that will connect 13 cities across the continent. This move comes after four national railway companies joined hands and announced new routes, which reportedly marks the biggest extension of the night train network in Europe in years.

Since European train journeys are actually faster than flying, this move comes as a big relief for travellers. As per the reports, the state railways in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and France are joining hands to revive the night train services.

If all goes as planned, five routes will likely be launched in the next four years. Further, a new night train service will resume operation between Zurich and Amsterdam, and Vienna and Paris via Munich by December 2021. Reports suggest that trains between Zurich and Rome will start operations from December 2022. Also, another night train service between Vienna and Paris will start from December 2023. The route between Zurich and Barcelona will also likely see night trains on the tracks from December 2024.

Apart from this, Sweden also made an announcement that it will be launching a new night train service to Belgium and Germany by 2022, which would connect Swedish cities to Brussels and Hamburg, thereby allowing fast connections to the United Kingdom and central Europe.

Earlier this year, a new cost-effective night train started between the Croatian coast and Prague, which became an instant hit, leading to the service to run every night. Reports state that more than 30000 tickets were sold out in its inaugural weeks, whereas tickets of some trains were entirely booked out, reason being the tickets were priced as low as €22 one way.

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