The Prague-Brussels night train among the “best new things to do in 2022”

A new night train between Prague and Brussels has been ranked by TimeOut among the 22 best new things to do in the world for 2022.

Compiled by the magazine’s global network of editors, travel writers and contributing journalists, the list “features the 22 best experiences, events and new openings around the world in 2022”.

The new connection has been described as “the biggest extension of the European night train network in years to see a new batch of sleeper trains operated by the Regiojet network carrying passengers across Europe between Prague and Brussels via Dresden, Berlin and Amsterdam. Fall asleep in beautiful Prague, then wake up 800 kilometers away in the EU capital and Brussels, a waffle and beer paradise. Driven by the climate emergency, this is part of a huge continent-wide effort to revive the good old-fashioned sleeper. “

The project seeks to capitalize on increased demand for climate-friendly travel and EU efforts to move passengers from polluting short-haul flights to relatively clean trains.

Trains will offer travel in both seats and sleeping compartments and will benefit from full RegioJet onboard service, including free internet access, free coffee and other services.

European Sleeper is a community initiative created in February 2021. The company was founded by two Dutch entrepreneurs committed to the cause: Elmer van Buuren from Train2EU and Chris Engelsman from Noord West Express.

RegioJet extension

The plan to open this new connection is also part of RegioJet’s strong expansion in the night connections segment. In addition to the already existing night trains on the Prague – Košice (Slovakia) or Prague – Rijeka / Split (Croatia) line, RegioJet will also launch a new night train service this year on the Prague – Przemyśl – Lviv line.

RegioJet is therefore investing in the continued growth of its long-distance train fleet. It has currently taken over the first two of the manufacturer’s fifteen Bombardier TRAXX MS3 multisystem locomotives.

In addition to the 50 railroad cars the company recently acquired, at least 70 more cars will be added in 2022. This will mean a further increase in the fleet from more than a third to 300 cars for day and night. . remote connections.

In addition to the Prague – Berlin – Amsterdam – Brussels connection, RegioJet and European Sleeper plan to jointly develop other night rail links on other routes in Central Europe.

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Berta D. Wells