RegioJet launches five-country train to Adriatic Sea

Czech open-access operator RegioJet has started a new long-distance overnight train. It connects five countries of Central Eastern Europe, from land-locked Czechia to Croatia, which is famous for its resorts on the Adriatic Sea.

After several months of lockdown, European railways are gradually returning to the normal schedule. Moreover, some undertakings are even launching new services. Czech open-access operator RegioJet is among them. On Tuesday, 30 June, its passenger train departed from Prague towards the Croatian seaside city of Rijeka. The timetable of this seasonal train was drawn up for three months (July – September) and in order to provide a convenient overnight connection. It departs in the evening, at 17:20 from Prague and 18:35 from Rijeka, and arrives at the final destination in the morning, at 08:46 to Rijeka and 09:42 to Prague.

The train to Rijeka consists of 12 carriages (seating and sleeping) with a total capacity for carrying 560 passengers. If a passenger wants to travel in a seating carriage, he or she needs to pay at least 590 korunas (more than 22 euros). The single ticket for sleeping carriage costs 790 korunas (around 30 euros). Currently, the train runs three times a week: on Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays. From 11 July to 31 August, the service will be daily. In September the schedule will be reduced to three times a week.

Five countries

The route of the Prague – Rijeka train runs via five countries: Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. It stops at seven intermediate stations: four in Czechia (Pardubice, Brno-Židenice, Brno Main station, Břeclav) and three others in Slovakia (Bratislava), Hungary (Csorna), Slovenia (Ljubljana). This connection was arranged by RegioJet in a partnership with three other companies. They provide the haulage operations for the Czech operator through the particular countries: Continental Railway Solution in Hungary, Slovenske železnice in Slovenia and HŽ Putnički prijevoz in Croatia. As for Czechia and Slovakia, RegioJet uses its own locomotives.

Feeder bus lines

For many years, RegioJet has been carrying passengers from land-locked Czechia to Croatian resorts by own buses. Now, the company is focused on train services. This will not cause the termination of its bus lines to Croatia. The passengers travelling to Croatia are able to continue their journey by bus. RegioJet offers reliable bus connections from Rijeka to the resorts of Istria (including Rovinj, Pula, Poreč, Medulin) and Dalmatia (including Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Makarska). As a result, the customers can book a combined, train-bus, ticket form Czechia (or any other of the mentioned countries) to Croatia. The full list of the RegioJet bus lines in Croatia is available on its website.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

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

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