Berlin-Paris night train to return after nine years, says Austrian rail operator

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Berlin-Paris night train to return after nine years, says Austrian rail operator
A traveler stands in a sleeper car of night train in France in 2021 (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

A night train linking Berlin and Paris will return in December, nine years after the service was cancelled, Austrian rail operator ÖBB said on Wednesday.


ÖBB has been a pioneer in bringing back night trains as Europeans look for low-carbon travel alternatives.

"The service will start on December 11th from Berlin with three trips per week before becoming a daily service in October 2024," said ÖBB spokesman Bernhard Rieder.

The trains will make stops in Strasbourg, Mannheim, Erfurt and Halle.

ÖBB will make Mannheim a hub for night trains, where its Brussels-Vienna and Paris-Vienna services also currently make stops.

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Passengers heading from Brussels and Paris to Berlin and Vienna will board different carriages on the same train, with the carriages rearranged in Mannheim to travel to their destination.

The same will happen in the other direction.

The Austrian, French and German rail companies first announced plans to resurrect the service in December 2020.

Deutsche Bahn confirmed the resumption of service in December while France's SNCF did not comment.


France and Germany also plan to introduce a fast train service between their two capitals from the end of 2024.


Tickets for the Paris to Vienna night train, or the 'ÖBB nightjet', can be purchased online at the SNCF website for a starting price of €29. 


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