Rail travelers from the UK will now have the option to make a trip to Vienna with only one change, following the launch of an new sleeper administration.
Austria’s state railroad organization ÖBB on Monday the 20th of January 2020 began running sleeper trains to Brussels – with onward connections for the Eurostar to London and Kent.
It implies travelers can leave Vienna central station after supper at 8.38pm and show up in Brussels Midi station at 10.55am the following morning following a night’s rest, and in time for a morning meeting.
Those proceeding on to London can get the 12.52pm Eurostar under the channel, arriving just after 2pm in the British capital in time for a late lunch.
The other way the sleeper train lands in Vienna at 8.27am, in time for breakfast. Travelers will likewise benefit with direct access to the Bavarian capital of Munich, and the Austrian cities of Linz and Innsbruck.
Admissions for the Brussels–Vienna part of the excursion start at €29.90 single for a seat, €49.90 for an essential “couchette” bed in a common compartment, or €89.90 for a bed. Eurostar charges start at £29 every way whenever booked well ahead of time.
Hordes of intrigued spectators and media outlets welcomed the train on Monday morning in Brussels, with travelers on the first train to complete this journey including MEPs landing at the European Parliament. ÖBB authorities gave out small Austrian banners.
The service will at first just run two times every week in each direction, except ÖBB has suggested it will become daily once more carriages have been secured.
“With the help of the Nightjet we’re bringing night trains back to Europe,” said Andreas Mattha, CEO of ÖBB. “We believe direct line to Brussels actively contributes to climate protection.”
Belgian state rail organization SNCB is supplying the electric train for the service on the Belgian segment, as a result of contrasts on the Austrian and Beglain train track framework.
Sophie Dutordoir, SNCB’s chief executive, said: “Making rail transport the backbone of short and medium-distance travel in Europe is an overarching project that involves mobility players: industry, infrastructure managers, lawmakers, governments, as well as the European Union. In this connection Brussels is a major node, all the more so with the arrival of the Nightjet.”
The new offering is an extension of the sleeper train from Vienna to Cologne. This route previously made it feasible for UK travelers to find a way to Vienna, however expected them to take a train from Brussels to Germany to make the connection – expanding them with both bother and cost.
For quite a long time sleeper trains were being reduced in Europe, in the midst of rivalry from low cost airlines: sleeper trains previously went from Austria to Belgium during the 1990s, for example. Be that as it may, developing enthusiasm for greener low-carbon transport methods have prompted and restored enthusiasm for this overnight mode of train transport.
A week ago Swedish rail foundation director Trafikverket reported of plans for a sleeper train that could permit travelers to make a trip from Sweden to London in time for lunch, with the administration expected to begin in 2022 or 2023.