All aboard – travelling Europe by night

June 14, 2023

European night trains are slowly making their comeback in Europe. But could they become cheaper?

Back-on-Track Europe and Transport & Environment show how the EU and Member States can easily reduce the price of a cross-border night train ticket and push for the creation of new lines. We find that setting a 0% rate of value-added tax (VAT) on cross-border routes and reducing the track access charges (TAC) can lower the ticket price by between 3% and 48% depending on the passenger profile scenario taken. On average, the ticket price reduction for all types of users on European lines studied is 15%.

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