Sleeper on Demand
Since the aftermath of COVID-19, sleeper train services across Europe have experienced a notable resurgence in passenger numbers. The earlier decline, driven by heightened competition from budget airlines, is now being reversed as travellers increasingly prioritise environmental concerns and recognise the advantages of city-to-city travel. This shift in consumer preferences has resulted in the introduction of more services and better connections linking major urban centres. Despite recent growth, there are still unexplored markets and untapped demand for new sleeper train services, indicating substantial potential for further expansion in the market.
We’re passionate about the possibility of this continued growth; Rebel has conducted a thorough assessment of the current sleeper train rolling stock market in Europe, recognising the entry of new operators and the growing competition. However, this growth needs adequate coordination from the rolling stock market to sustain it. The existing supply of rolling stock is limited, presenting challenges for expanding services. Our research reveals a shortage of suitable second-hand rolling stock, driving various operators to initiate new rolling stock procurements in response to the increasing demand. The long lead-in time for new rolling stock poses a risk, potentially causing demand to outstrip supply.
Amidst these challenges, significant opportunities lie ahead. As the EU considers measures to encourage a shift in transportation modes, such as support or incentives, Rebel is seeking innovation, collaboration, and ambitious efforts from key stakeholders to fully leverage this growth potential.