A French start-up launches sleeping services across Europe

There are many different approaches to tackling climate change with technology. Billionaire tech brothers like Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos might want to move the entire human race to Mars. But there are also those who are a bit more pragmatic, turning to proven designs from the past for inspiration. Airships and Taxis are already the subject of ecological redesigns, and it is now the turn of the sleeper train, thanks to the French startup Midnight Trains.

Created by Adrien Aumont and Romain Payet, the team behind the French crowdfunding site KissKissBankBank, Midnight Trains aims to bring freshness to the sleeper train, by offering a sophisticated and luxurious experience aboard its fleet of “boutique hotels on wheels. “.

Away from the white-gloved waiters, tasseled chandeliers, and the prohibitive prices of classic sleeper trains like the Orient Express, these overnight trips will feature modern decor, a bar serving craft beers and natural wines, and home-style entertainment. application and concierge service via an app. Meanwhile, a range of cabin sizes will suit couples and larger groups.

Photography: Midnight trains

Centered around Gare du Nord in Paris, the routes will span 800 km in a star shape across Europe, encompassing major destinations such as Madrid, Lisbon, Porto, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Vienna , Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen and even Edinburgh.

Compared to air travel, this is obvious. In addition to emitting twenty times less greenhouse gases per passenger than a commercial flight per kilometer traveled, these trains will allow you to relax in comfort, have a good meal at a restaurant and arrive at your destination fresh like a daisy after a really decent night. sleep and a morning shower. Much better than dinner in the microwave and a few hectic hours on a red-eyed economy flight.

With details like ticket prices and departure times still to be worked out, trains aren’t expected to start running until 2024. But we’re ready to board the first midnight train going (almost) anywhere.

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