Sunweb and European Sleeper are introducing night trains to popular winter and summer destinations in France.
Dutch tour operator Sunweb teamed up with European Sleeper, a new Dutch-Belgian railway company dedicated to night trains, for the rollout of new sleeper train services. The routes will depart from Amsterdam, stop in Brussels, and arrive at popular winter and summer destinations in France.
The first connections to French ski resorts are tentatively planned for the coming winter, while trains to the beaches in southern France for summer 2023. Passengers will be able to reach their dream destinations without having to change trains.
In a press release, Sunweb and European Sleeper said that “the plans of Sunweb Group fit perfectly with European Sleeper’s ambitions to build a network of night trains from the Netherlands and Belgium.”
Chris Engelsman, co-founder of European Sleeper, said that the exact destinations have not been confirmed yet. Sunweb and European Sleeper are picking the most attractive beaches and ski resorts in France, and are evaluating the capacity of specific railroad lines. Beach destinations could include Côte d’Azur and Perpignan to the west.
We are in talks with the rail infrastructure managers, subcontractors to carry it out and suppliers of carriage.Chris Engelsman, co-founder of European Sleeper
According to Sunweb, the night train is a sustainable and safe journey, and an experience itself.
The night train in particular has many advantages for the customers of Sunweb Group – the journey is sustainable and safe, while being an experience in itself.Sunweb Group
The connections from The Netherlands to France are not the first route the companies are working on. Sunweb and European Sleeper had already planned a night route from Brussels and Amsterdam to Berlin and Prague. European Sleeper said it will invest in new sleeping cars to grow further in the future.