The first night train journey from Berlin to Paris in nearly ten years has commenced.

‘Berlin link’ journey celebrated as a significant moment in the emergence of more eco-friendly alternatives to air travel in Europe.
The inaugural night train from Berlin to Paris, after almost ten years, arrived at Paris Gare de l’Est at 10:24 am on Tuesday morning. This marks a milestone moment in the revival of cleaner options for traveling in Europe.
The first trip of the new “Berlin link” departed from the German capital at 8:18 pm on Monday night. The train was fully booked and included the presence of the French transport minister, Clément Beaune, who bid farewell to his German counterpart, Volker Wissing, before departing.
Beaune expressed his satisfaction with the journey upon reaching Paris, stating, “It was magnificent. It’s a promising start and a symbolic initiative we need at this time—positive projects that focus on the environment and Europe.”
The train received cheers along its route. In Strasbourg, before 6 am, local politicians waved French, German, and European flags to show their support as the train passed by.
Green MEP for northern France, Karima Delli, expressed her joy on X, stating, “What joy – job done! We will keep pushing forward.”
For years, travelers, local politicians, and environmental advocates have been advocating for a sleeper service between Berlin and Paris. This demonstrates a resurgence in popularity for slower and cleaner travel options after night trains faced competition from budget airlines and high-speed trains at the beginning of the century, resulting in the closure of many sleeper train services.
The connection will be operated by SNCF and Deutsche Bahn, the French and German national train operators respectively. The rolling stock will be provided by ÖBB, the Austrian train company, which already operates “Nightjet” trains across central Europe.
In 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron announced plans to introduce ten new sleeper services by 2030.
Recently, the first new sleeper train from Paris to Aurillac in the Cantal region of France departed after a 20-year hiatus.
The French government has invested €100 million (£86 million) in revitalizing the national network and preparing new carriages for service.
Deutsche Bahn also aims to expand its night train connections to 13 other major European cities through partnerships with other operators.

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