“It makes sense because we see people accepting longer journeys. There are really people who are willing to spend five hours, six hours, seven hours on a train,” he explained. “In this case, Paris-Berlin is seven o’clock.”
Initially, there will be one return trip per day on this connection via Frankfurt. This connection is operated as a partnership between SNCF and Deutsche Bahn with German ICE high-speed trains.
In the future, a second connection can also be made, with French TGVs.
Both train operators have in mind the success of Paris-Milan and Paris-Barcelona for the route between Paris and Berlin. Good occupancy rates are reported on both routes. Between Paris and Milan, the offer has doubled with the arrival of Trenitalia, the Italian public company, which started competing with the SNCF TGV in December. Despite the competition, the trains are well occupied.