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Leo Express to open new train service to Poland

Czech open-access railway operator Leo Express will open the Prague – Wroclaw train in December. It will be the company’s second direct rail service between Czechia and Poland. The new link will be organised and served in a partnership with the Polish regional railway operator Koleje Dolnośląskie.

The trains from Prague to Wroclaw will be accessible only on the weekends. They will ride on the route twice a day: the morning link will be provided on Saturdays and Sundays while the evening connection will be available from Fridays to Sundays. To travel the distance between the termini, the passengers will take around 4 hours 30 minutes. The trains will run from Prague to Wroclaw via Kolin, Pardubice, Ústí nad Orlicí and other stations. Currently, Koleje Dolnośląskie has a direct train service from Wroclaw to Lichkov, the Czech railway station located close to the Polish border. On the weekdays, the passengers will be able to travel on this route changing the trains at Lichkov and Ústí nad Orlicí.

Leo Express abroad

Leo Express provides train services in three countries of Central Europe: Czechia, Slovakia and Poland. The company started operations on the home Czech market in 2012 by launching the train link between Prague and Ostrava. Later it was extended to Bohumin, close to the Polish border. Now, this station is an important hub where the company’s passengers are able to change one train for another or take a bus. In 2012 Leo Express entered the Slovakian market with the Prague – Ostrava – Košice rail service.

The third railway market, Poland, is long-awaited for the Czech company. It has been attempting to start the train service to it for several years. The railway operator launched the first train from Czechia to Poland only in July 2018. It was the Prague – Krakow service running only on weekends. This summer the train connection has become daily. Also, Leo Express announced its plans to launch two new train routes in Poland: from Krakow to Warsaw and Medyka, a border station close to Ukraine or Terespol, a station near the Belarusian border. Besides the trains, Leo Express operates several bus and minibus connections in Czechia, Slovakia, Poland as well as in Germany, Austria and Ukraine.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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