SWEDISH operator SJ announced on September 12 that its overnight service from Stockholm to Berlin will continue to operate after the end of this month, saying that demand from both business and leisure travellers has been greater than expected.

SJ first began extending its daily Stockholm - Hamburg Euronight service through to Berlin on March 31, intending to serve the German capital only during the summer season until September 30.

Tickets for travel from October 1 to December 9 will be released at the end of this week. Fares and the timetable will remain unchanged, SJ says, while tickets for the Christmas and winter period will be released later this autumn.

Passengers are offered a choice of berths in sleeping or couchette cars as well as seats. In Sweden, passengers can board at intermediate stops in Norrköping, Linköping, Nässjö, Alvesta, Hässleholm, Lund and Malmö, before the train runs via Kastrup and Odense in Denmark to the German border.

Continued operation through to Berlin means that passengers for Hamburg will still arrive in the city’s main station, rather than the less centrally located Hamburg Altona.

“This is really good news, travellers have shown great interest from the start in travelling to Berlin with Euronight,” says SJ business manager, Mr Christer Litzell.

“We have also seen more travel than we expected from German travellers who take the train to Sweden. In Germany, the line has received a lot of attention.

“Thanks to a new agreement with our German partner, we can also continue to run a daily service over the entire distance to Berlin.”