Belgium’s second night train arrives at Midi station
The first European Sleeper train between Brussels and Berlin arrives at Midi station on Friday morning. The night train was due to pull in at 9.30, having left Berlin at 23.00 on Thursday and travelled to Brussels via Amsterdam and Antwerp.
It is the second night train to serve Belgium, after the NightJet service which connects Brussels with Vienna.
"This is another step in the right direction," says Alexander Gomme, spokesperson for Back on Track Belgium, a group of citizens calling for the return of night trains. "Berlin is a very important destination for us, and can also serve as a springboard for travelling to Poland or the Czech Republic."
European Sleeper is a Dutch-Belgian initiative founded in 2021 by two entrepreneurs and fans of sleeper trains. Initial plans to continue to Dresden and Prague have been delayed, but the operators hope to be able to run trains on that route from 2024. A service from Amsterdam to Barcelona is also in the pipeline.
The new train is scheduled to run three times a week, leaving Brussels on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The journey takes about 11 hours.
The first European Sleeper train arrives at Brussels Midi © BELGA PHOTO JAMES ARTHUR GEKIERE