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Two of Europe’s busiest cities are about to become linked. If all goes to plan, the new high-speed train will start transporting passengers in 2023.

The French and German railway services will soon be linked by a high-speed train between Paris and Berlin.

The train not only promises to be fast, but it will also offer an eco-friendly journey. Currently, there is a direct flight that takes less than two hours linking the two cities. The train, however, will take about seven hours.

With passengers becoming more energy conscious over the last few years, trains have become a popular mode of transport for both passengers.

Although Germany’s Deutsche Bahn and France’s Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais (SNCF) operate trains across the two countries’ borders, this will be the first train to cross the border and connect the two cities.

In a statement, Jean-Pierre Farandou, the president of SNCF said that this upcoming direct service will be much slower than the under two-hour direct flight, but it’s still the “best alternative” to flight for both business and leisure travellers.

Image credit: Time Out

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