Rail News


September 02 , 2021

European Sleeper Trains Make a Comeback

The Wall Street Journal 
Aug. 25, 2021 (Germany, EU)

The expansion has been fueled in part by concerns over climate change and flight shaming over short flights

We all know the romanticized version of what it was like to tour Europe on sleeper trains: chance encounters with exotic strangers, late-night border crossings, and diner cars where mysterious passengers nursed cocktails and ate poulet de Bresse while rumbling across the Dauphine alps.

The reality—2 a.m. whistle-stops, sketchy compartment companions, and a suite of funky smells and sounds that made the actual sleeping part a monumental effort—wasn’t quite that glamorous. (Sorry, Agatha Christie.) So when the rise of low-cost airlines in the 1990s gave travelers a faster way to get to European destinations, demand for night trains fell and operators started abandoning routes around 2005.

But now Eurpean sleeper trains are making a come back.


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