Travel management platform TravelPerk has partnered with Midnight Trains, a French rail start-up that is working to launch overnight services from Paris to cities across Europe.
Calling its concept a ‘hotel on wheels’, Midnight Trains plans to offer private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, as well as a bar and restaurant, on board overnight trains to destinations such as Milan, Rome, Barcelona. , Madrid, Berlin and Copenhagen from its base in Paris. The company says its trains will cover distances of between 800 and 1,500 km and provide an alternative to short-haul flights in Europe, claiming that trains on these routes can generate less CO2 emissions than commercial planes.
The company hopes to launch its first services, to Spain or Italy, in 2024 before expanding its network to four new lines by 2030, depending on its purchase of rolling stock and regulatory approval.
Through the partnership with TravelPerk, business travelers will have access to the Midnight Trains inventory when it becomes available on the TravelPerk platform.
TravelPerk Co-Founder and CEO Avi Meir said, âThe meetings that matter happen in person. And as businesses get back on the road, they are looking more than ever for sustainable ways to connect in person with their employees, customers and wider networks.
âWe are delighted to partner with Midnight Trains as part of our shared mission to help companies develop a responsible travel strategy. Midnight Trains has created a unique proposition that combines accessible luxury, durability and convenience and we are delighted to have them on board. “
Romain Payet, co-founder of Midnight Trains, added: âWe are delighted to partner with TravelPerk. We both share the same passion for travel and we both believe that the journey is as important as the destination. TravelPerk is already a leader in sustainability, so it was a natural fit for us to partner with them to help travelers have greener options and support businesses on their journey to achieve net zero carbon emissions. by 2030.