A new overnight train route has just been announced, making it easier to get to Berlin and other European cities from London.
Launching in May 2023, the European Sleeper service runs Brussels-Antwerp-Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Hanover-Berlin. With Eurostar offering direct trains between London and Brussels-Midi, this means you can get from St Pancras to Berlin with just one change.
The overnight service leaves Brussels-Midi at 7.22pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, arriving at Berlin at 6.48am the next morning — so the Friday evening service sounds ideal for kickstarting a weekend away. Eurostar currently runs around nine direct services between London and Brussels-Midi a day, with that journey taking just over two hours. So... we're thinking leave London mid-morning, spend an afternoon in Brussels, then sleep off all those Delirium Tremens you've drunk, on the onward sleeper to Berlin.
Return journeys from Berlin to Brussels depart on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, arriving in Brussels at 9.27am the next morning.
Even better, there are plans to extend the service to Dresden and Prague in 2024.
Tickets for the new service go on sale 20 February 2023 via the European Sleeper website.