|At 10pm on a Friday night passengers board the|
Trenhotel at Paris Austerlitz ready for the
comfortable overnight journey to Barcelona.
|The popular bar on board the Trenhotel|
The less good news is the almost certain curtailment of the Elipsos Trenhotel.
|Quality dining is available aboard the Trenhotel|
between their networks, and also formerly into Switzerland and Italy. The Trenhotel may not provide the fastest journey between Paris and Barcelona/Madrid but it does provide a very time efficient way of travelling. No longer will you be able to board the train in Paris as late as 10pm with an arrival in Barcelona the following morning before 9:45am having enjoyed a good nights sleep with an evening meal and breakfast served to you at a table. The earliest arrival possible in Barcelona by way of the new TGV service is is not until almost 2pm- and that requires boarding a train in Paris at around 7am!
What is disappointing about the withdrawal of the Elipsos service is that these trains are popular and busy. The fact that they cater for a totally different market to the the TGV has seemingly been totally overlooked by the SNCF and RENFE. The TGV will hopefully gain passengers from airlines, but the service Trenhotel service should remain as an alternative for time conscious passengers- particularly those making a longer journey by rail. It is a shame that these two services cannot both be retained to compliment each other.
|From December 2013 the overnight Trenhotel from Paris will no longer arrive into Barcelona and Madrid.|
The train is pictured here a few months before the end of its service at Barcelona Estacio de Francia.