Going to sleep in Amsterdam and waking up in Barcelona is no longer a faraway dream. The long-awaited train is expected to be launched in May 2025, the company behind the initiative announced.
The project of running the first so-called “Good Night Train” from the Netherlands to Spain was presented by European Sleeper in June last year. Due to delays in launching, the company decided not to announce the date of opening the route to Barcelona to “avoid disappointment”. Now we can finally expect the launch of the new night train in two years.
We are aiming for spring 2025 to launch an overnight train between Amsterdam and Barcelona.European Sleeper
The night train will depart from Amsterdam, and stop in Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, and Lille. Then it will go to the south of France (Avignon, Montpellier, Perpignan), will pass through Figueres, Girona, and arrive in Barcelona in the morning.
The first European Sleeper night train, running between Brussels, Amsterdam, and Berlin, will open on May 25 this year. The railway connection is planned to be extended to Dresden and Prague. At first, it will commute three times a week, but perhaps the service will be expanded, and from next year, travellers will be able to use it every day.
The tickets will be available for purchase on February 20 on the European Sleeper website. The prices will vary from 49 euros per seat, from 79 euros for a “couchette” and 109 euros for a sleeping car. Breakfast will be included for passengers of the couchette and sleeping cars.
Connecting Europe by train
This new connection is possible thanks to the support of the European Commission. Last 31 January, the Commission announced it will support 10 pilot projects to establish new rail services or improve existing ones. Together, they will improve cross-border rail connections across the EU, making them faster, more frequent and more affordable. “While demand for green mobility is growing, we need the rail market to respond much better and much faster, especially for long and cross-border journeys, ” said European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean.