Night train to Berlin may start rolling in April
SJ has plans to start a night train route to the German capital and tourist magnet Berlin. The idea is, as DN was first to write about, that, starting in April,SJ will run a night train service to Berlin all through the summer.The idea is that the night trains which already go to Hamburg will continue on to Berlin, where they will arrive about two hours later, at around 9 am.
SJ's plans are not quite ready yet, so they give rather short answers to questions from the newspaper. But SJ is counting on getting a decision about the new traffic soon.
– When tickets can be made available is one of the details which has still to be resolved. We're working on it, and we'll get back as soon as a decision has been reached, says Jonas Olsson, press communicator at SJ.
What is also clear is that the trains, which start from Stockholm, will, just as previously, stop in Hässleholm to pick up passengers.
Last autumn SJ started a daily night train service to Hamburg. They all stop in Hässleholm, and depart at 21:49, arriving in Hamburg at 06:37.
There will be more carriages in the train too, so that it can carry more passengers now that it will go on to Berlin.
Jonas Olsson also wants to give information about ticket prices to Berlin at a later date.
Today the price of a single seat to Hamburg costs around 500 crowns for a one-way journey, and a one-way COUCHETTE ??? or berth from 1 300 crowns.
Ther train route from Skåne to Berlin is long-established - it used to go from Malmö via the train ferry from Trelleborg to Sassnitz in Germany, THEN ON TO BERLIN:
In 2011 SJ decided to shut down night train traffic to Berlin for reasons of economy. The express train reopened traffic in 2012 and began to run a sleeping-car service during the summer season.Now night trains to Hamburg and Berlin go via Denmark.