RegioJet enters Polish market with a new night train service
Czech operator RegioJet will launch a regular night train connection to Poland on the route Prague – Krakow – Przemysl in the spring of 2021. In recent days, Polish Railway Authority UTK has given approval for RegioJet to the open-access on the Polish railway infrastructure and the allocation of the required capacity.
The exact date of the start of operations will be determined following the end of travel restrictions associated with Covid-19. RegioJet is preparing to launch the operations on the line by April 2021. The Czech operator had plans for several years to enter the Polish market.
At the Przemysl Glowny station, there will be a direct guaranteed transfer to a connecting service by RegioJet and the Ukrainian partner carrier to Lviv in Ukraine. The city of Przemyśl is located close to the Ukrainian border and is a convenient hub for the passenger from that country. In addition to the new night connection to Poland, RegioJet will open the night train connection again from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Croatia in the summer of 2021.
“Entering the Polish market has been in our plans for a long time, says Radim Jančura, owner of RegioJet. “From the spring of 2021, we will offer daily connections from Krakow, Przemysl and Lviv to Prague, Olomouc and other cities in the Czech Republic.”
The train connection will be operated as a night train service with departures from Prague, Przemysl and Krakow in the evening and with morning arrivals at the terminal stations. Passengers will have the option of traveling in sleeping coaches, but also in coaches with seats. As part of the ticket, passengers will have free seat reservations, free coffee and bottled water, an internet connection, and the possibility to connect to RegioJet entertainment portal offering movies, games and other content and services.
European night train comeback
The expansion of RegioJet night services is coming at times when European railway carriers as well as the European Union are extensively discussing a further vision for the development of night train connections on the European continent as a better and greener alternative for travelling than air and road transportation. RegioJet is also committed to the initiative, saying it must be ‘a joint project across all carriers, both state-owned and private’. For example, RegioJet carries around a quarter of a million passengers a year on its night trains, and their number will continue to grow.
Next to the night connections, RegioJet is the leading carrier in long-distance railway transport on key routes in the Czech Republic and Central Europe. Its train connections are used by approximately 15 million passengers a year, and RegioJet trains are, thanks to the best services at the best price, the most preferred connections by passengers on routes such as Prague – Ostrava, Prague – Vienna, Prague – Bratislava or Prague – Košice.
RegioJet is currently investing in further growth of its long-distance train fleet. The operator has acquired the first two of the fifteen state of the art Bombardier TRAXX MS3 multi-system locomotives from the rolling stock manufacturer. In addition to the new RegioJet locomotives, it intends to make significant investments in expanding its rolling stock in 2021.
In addition to the 50 railway coaches that the company acquired this year, at least another 70 coaches will be added in 2021. This will mean a further increase in the fleet of up to more than one third to 300 coaches for day and night long-distance connections.