New high-speed train will make it easier to travel between European hotspots

Two of Europe's major cities are set to be linked by a high speed rail service.

A direct line from Berlin to Paris could begin ferrying passengers as early as December 2023, the French rail operator SNCF has said.

Making it easier than ever for Europeans to explore the different vibrant cities around the continent – and all of the art, food and music each nation has to offer.

At the moment people wanting to make the journey have to change train at least once, in either Frankfurt, Stuttgart or Mannheim.

The route, on TGVs, will take seven hours once it is established, a length of time SNCF CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou believes will not deter travellers.

"It makes sense because we see that people are accepting longer and longer journeys. There are really people who are willing to spend five hours, six hours, seven hours on a train," he told AFP.

SNCF's Alain Krakovitch said the demand for high-speed rail travel is showing no signs of slowing down in Europe and pointed to the success of the Paris-Milan and Paris-Barcelona high-speed links as motivation to connect Paris with more European cities.

He expressed hopes that the services from Paris to Berlin would be full, as those from the French capital to Italy and Spain have been so far.

The plans are the latest to expand high speed rail journeys in Europe.

Eurostar is joining forces with French-Belgian operator Thalys to link London with cities in Germany.

EuroNight service from Swedish operator SJ is set to launch this September, joining up more distances with overnight, long distance train services.

Stockholm and Hamburg will be connected via a stop in Copenhagen.

Once that is running, British passengers will be able to travel from London to Brussels, on to Hamburg and then catch the final link to Stockholm. The journey should take just over 24 hours to complete.

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