Pendolino trains again on tracks in Czechia
Czechia is gradually restoring domestic train traffic after two months of severe restrictions. National railway operator České dráhy have returned the Pendolino high-speed trains again on tracks. It has also relaunched several regional express connections.
Starting from the morning of Friday, 15 May, the Pendolino trains (ČD Class 680) are on duty again. They are running only on the Bohumín / Ostrava – Praha – Cheb / Františkovy Lázně route. “These trains will again provide the fastest connection between Ostrava and Prague in less than 3 hours, as well as a direct connection of northern and central Moravia to western Bohemia and the spa triangle in the Karlovy Vary region,” České dráhy stated.
The Pendolino vehicles will run between Prague and Ostrava two times a day in each direction. On weekdays, there will be a connection from Prague to Bohumín. Meanwhile, the Slovakian direction is still unavailable for the Pendolino trains (earlier, they had run from Prague to Košice via Ostrava and Žilina).
Besides the Pendolino services, České dráhy has partially restored the Southern Express (Jižní expres) connections. Usually, they run from Prague to the Austrian city of Linz via České Budějovice several times a day. Since today, they serve only the section between Prague and České Budějovice two times a day. The full connection to Linz could be relaunched after lifting all the restrictions for cross-border travelling.
In addition, the Czech state-owned operator relaunched several express trains across the country including R9 (Prague – Havlíčkův Brod – Brno), R17 (Prague – Tábor – České Budějovice / Veselí nad Lužnicí – České Velenice) and R20 (Prague – Ústí nad Labem – Děčín).