From Luxembourg to Barcelona by train, in one night

From Luxembourg to Barcelona by train, in one night

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The idea is part of France’s larger plans to create a series of night trains around the country and to other parts of Europe

The idea is part of France’s larger plans to create a series of night trains around the country and to other parts of Europe

Luxembourg central station

Photo credit: Pierre Matgé

Luxembourg residents in search of Spanish sun could soon travel to Barcelona by night train from the Grand Duchy as part of long-awaited connections to other European capitals.

The train is expected to leave Luxembourg central station via Strasbourg in France and pass through the French cities of Metz, Nancy, Montpellier and Perpignan before arriving in Barcelona in northeastern Spain, the agency reported on Sunday. France Presse (AFP).

The move is part of France’s plans to create more long-distance night trains across the country and to other parts of Europe, said Jean-Baptiste Djebarri, Deputy Minister of Transport. of the country in a series of tweets Sunday and Monday.

The French government intends to launch the trains by 2030, including a Paris-Berlin night train in 2023, Djebbari said.

Rail services have been a persistent sore point in Luxembourg, in particular the proposal for a high-speed connection to Brussels which has been envisaged for years but is still not operational. The three-hour train ride to the Belgian capital is taking longer than decades ago, despite the project costing European taxpayers of around 750 million euros.

The modernization project between the two capitals will not be completed until the end of the decade, admitted Luxembourg Minister of Transport François Bausch at the start of the year.

Luxembourg passengers will have to wait another four years before being able to connect to WiFi on board, a necessity for many people traveling on business. Just over half of the stations are currently equipped with WiFi and almost all stations are expected to have a connection by the end of this year, but on-board service will take significantly longer, Bausch said earlier this year.

In an effort to get more people to use trains and relieve congestion on the usually congested roads to and from Luxembourg during rush hour, Luxembourg made all public transport free in March 2020, a measure that cost 41 million euros, financed by taxes.


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