The new long-distance train from Czech Republic to the Croatia coastline will begin operating at the end of the month and will offer sleeping cars and seats at affordable rates.
The new Regiojet train service will begin on June 30 and run until September 26 to take tourists to the coast throughout the summer, Czech Crunch reports. As previously reported by Expats.cz, the train will take people to Rijeka, Croatia on the northern Adriatic coast. From there, buses will take tourists to popular destinations. The additional bus transit will be an added cost of around 200 to 300 crowns, depending on the stop.
The Regiojet service will begin in Prague and will stop in Brno, Pardubice, Břeclav and Bratislava (Slovakia) to onboard passengers before heading directly to Croatia. The new long-distance train will take Czech residents directly to the cost on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On the way back, trains will leave on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays .
The journey should take about 12 hours; the train will run overnight.
Service to the coast should be affordable, too, at least to start. The Regiojet train will have up to 12 cars and a capacity of 560 seats. When reservations open, a one-way ticket will cost 590 CZK per person. If you’d like to purchase a sleeping car, expect to spend 790 CZK. The ticket price includes free seat reservation and a free coffee or small breakfast. It is unclear if these prices will rise in the future.
“Never before have ticket prices to Croatia been so cheap and travel as convenient as this year. We want our prices to be set so that everyone can afford a trip to the sea in Croatia, ” Ivana Kašická, RegioJet’s director of train transport, told Czech Crunch.
In addition, RegioJet spokesman Alex Ondrůj told Denik, the company is planning to have the train stop in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in the future as well.
Travel to Croatia should be especially popular this year following the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns across Europe. Czech residents can now travel to Croatia for vacation without a 14-day mandatory quarantine or COVID-19 testing so long as they fill in a form prior to arriving. For more information on travel to and from Czech Republic this summer, click here.
Ticket sales start on Tuesday. If you’re interested in the service, here’s where to buy tickets.