RegioJet train, source: RegioJet

RegioJet unveils details of new international train in Central Europe

Czech private railway operator RegioJet is continuing to break borders in Central Europe. It has unveiled the prices and schedule for its new international train that connects the capitals of Czechia, Austria and Hungary. The new service will start on 31 July.

RegioJet announced the launch of the Prague – Vienna – Budapest train more than a year ago. Initially, the Czech company intended to begin the planned train connection this June. The launch date was a little bit delayed due to the coronavirus restrictions and the start of the summertime link from Czechia to Croatia. As a result, the first train will depart from Prague towards Budapest on 31 July at 05:20. The start of the return connection is scheduled for the same day at 07:45. Currently, RegioJet is performing four daily connections to Vienna. The Prague – Vienna – Budapest train will run twice a day in each direction.

Attractive prices

The ticket prices look very attractive for the passengers. The lowest cost of a single ticket from Prague to Budapest is 16 euros, from Brno or Vienna to Budapest is 9 euros. “We are coming to another route with our vision to significantly reduce costs of train travel for passengers and offer the widest range of our services,” noted Ivana Kašická, director of RegioJet for train and bus service. Meanwhile, the ticket price will depend on the class of service: Low-cost, Standard, Relax and Business.

A journey from Prague to Budapest costs at least 16 euros in the Low-cost class, 19 euros in the Standard class, 25 euros in the Relax class and 35 euros in the Business class. The ticket for travelling Brno/Vienna and Budapest varies from 9 to 29 euros. In the Standard, Relax and Business classes, passengers have free coffee and bottled water and have the opportunity to order additional snacks at discounted prices. In the Low-cost class, passengers can also order snacks – via an online ordering system with the delivery of snacks on the seat.

Schedule details

The Prague – Vienna – Budapest train will run by RegioJet in cooperation with Westbahn (Austria) and Continental Railway Solution (Hungary). Its travel time between the termini will take around 7 hours. On its way from Prague to Budapest-Déli, the train will have the following intermediate stops: four in Czechia (Pardubice, Brno-Židenice, Brno Main station, Břeclav), two in Austria (Vienna Main station, Vienna Meidling) and four in Hungary (Hegyeshalom, Mosonmagyarovar, Györ, Budapest-Kelenföld).

One connection will be performed mostly in the first half of the day while the second one will run in the afternoon. RegioJet’s morning trains will depart from Prague at 05:20 (arrival to Budapest at 12:14) and from Budapest at 07:45 (arrival to Prague at 14:42). Meanwhile, the afternoon links have the following schedule: the departure from Prague at 13:20 and from Budapest at 15:45 with arriving time to the final destinations at 20:14 and 22:42 respectively.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

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

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