At the beginning of this year, there was the introduction of the night train from Brussels to Vienna, and not much later the Netherlands announced that the Austrian Nightjet will soon also stop in Amsterdam-Central. The popularity of the night train is peaking and for those who have caught the bug, there is good news: soon there will also be a night train from Brussels to Sweden.
The brand new night train would depart from Brussels via Cologne to Malmö. The Swedish government is very enthusiastic, but still has to deal with some European stumbling blocks. Since every European country has its own systems, tracks and rules, close cooperation between all countries is required. At the moment, the task force is investigating how the border crossing can be made as smooth as possible. The target for the first ride is 2023.
The night train: back with a bang
At the beginning of this year, no one would have dared to dream that the introduction of the night train from Brussels to Vienna could count on so much enthusiasm. In other words, we are prepared to pay more for an experience that has a slightly nostalgic and romantic feel to it.The last night train left Brussels in 2003, and in the meantime there was no demand for new trains.
In spite of this, the Austrians always strongly believed in a revival of the night train. Despite a dip in popularity, the ÖBB invested heavily in an international train network and new sleeping cars. And good news: all neighbouring countries can also benefit from the expansion of the Austrian train network. Brussels was connected with Innsbrück, Hamburg, Berlin and Zurich. Venice was connected with Milan and Rome. These are all investments that could pay off big time in a post-coronation era.
Malmö, a trendy pearl
Enough about the Austrian network and time to zoom in on beautiful Sweden. Malmö, the city where the night train will stop, has been hailed as the new trendy city-trip hotspot several times in recent years. Just a stone's throw (half an hour by train) from Copenhagen, Denmark, you'll find this coastal city renowned for its attention to design. Indeed, Malmö is a true design paradise.
What makes the city so unique is that it attracts so many creative people. Coincidence or not, all those creative people suddenly started working together. The best design spots in Malmö are collabs between upholsterers and furniture makers, 3D designers and eyewear designers: you name it. You'll also find the coolest lifestyle shops like GRANDPA, Designtorget, Svenssons i Lammhult and Formargruppen.
It is no coincidence that it is Sweden that jumps on the night train, as the country is known worldwide for its flawless punctuality and precision when it comes to public transport. The Swedish people are therefore avid users of the national train network that connects the entire country. The Swedish government is also responding well to this: despite so many Swedes taking the train, there are no overcrowded trains or platforms. If you want to explore the rest of the area with Malmö as your base, Sweden's public transport system allows you to do so comfortably.