While the United States may not have just one good rail system across the country, Europe has another travel option – overnight sleeper trains.
Midnight Trains will be a “hotel on rails” with a launch slated for 2024, The Guardian reported. The French start-up has announced its intention to create a rail network that would link its Paris hub to 12 other cities in seven countries, including the United Kingdom.
The “hotel-style” sleeper train with private rooms and dining options aims to be an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to air travel, which accounts for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Stops offered along the midnight train, which only runs on the Red Eye routes, include Rome, Barcelona, ââPorto, Berlin, Copenhagen and Edinburgh. Plans are being finalized pending negotiations between the company and destination countries, according to The Guardian.
Travelers need an “alternative for medium-haul travel,” said French entrepreneur and Midnight Trains co-founder Adrien Aumont, noting that many other rail networks with overnight options are currently not doing well. considered across Europe.
âPeople want privacy,â Aumont said. âThey don’t want to share a sleeping space with a stranger. They want privacy, security and a good quality bed. By offering a bar and a restaurant, we also offer conviviality and a certain Art of living. “
Aumont declined to provide the newspaper with a base ticket price, but compared the cost to some short-haul flights and insisted Midnight Trains is not some kind of revival of the legendary luxury train The Orient Express. .
Europe has enjoyed a long history of commuter and night train networks, although the industry has suffered for many decades as the popularity of air travel has skyrocketed. Yet new consumer interest in climate change and reducing carbon emissions has sparked new interest in train travel.
The trend comes after a year in which airlines were hit hard as countries locked their borders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, it has been a great year for Mother Earth, which saw a 48% drop in carbon emissions from the aviation sector in 2020, according to environmental watchdog Carbon Monitor.
The European Commission on Mobility and Transport has urged member countries to invest in low-emission, zero-emission travel options and hopes to double high-speed rail traffic across Europe by 2030.