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RegioJet to Connect Ukraine to Czechia

Czech carrier RegioJet plans to launch a night train service from Prague to Chop via the border point of Čierna nad Tisou in Slovakia starting in early January 2024.

The new route will utilize a 37-kilometer Eurocol line that runs from the border to Chop and further to Mukachevo, as reported by CTS.

Trains will depart from the main railway station in Prague at 21:38 and arrive in Chop at 10:35, with return journeys departing from Chop at 17:30 and arriving in Prague at 05:07. Initially, the service will be operated by a three-car train accommodating 140 passengers.

Since RegioJet does not hold a license to operate in Ukraine, the new service will be provided in collaboration with “Ukrzaliznytsia” (Ukrainian Railways). RegioJet will pay a fee for access to the track managed by the Infrastructure Management Department of Ukrzaliznytsia. The schedule for 2024, effective from December 10, plans to provide connections with Ukrzaliznytsia trains in Chop.

Additionally, the Czech carrier also plans to connect Ukraine with other Central European capitals by rail from Vienna to Chop via Budapest and the border point of Zahony in Hungary. In conjunction with Ukrzaliznytsia, connections with Berlin will be established through the border point in Przemyśl, Poland.

It’s worth noting that RegioJet had previously announced new trains from Przemyśl to Hanover.