Czech operator RegioJet plans to start passenger services in Poland (according to information of the “Zheleznye dorogi mira” Journal)


Czech private passenger operator RegioJet is planning to commission services on a route connecting major Polish cities such as Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk. In this regard, RegioJet turned to the Polish regulator Urząd Transportu Kolejowego (UTK/Railway Transport Office) for the allocation of schedule threads for the period from 11 December 2022 to 11 December 2027 in the corridor where the Polish operator PKP still dominates.

The Czech operator plans to organise train services with trainsets of 6 to 10 coaches with Vectron locomotives manufactured by Siemens or TRAXX built by Bombardier. The company made a request to run eight pairs of trains with a 2-hour interval on an everyday basis. There will be no stops between Krakow and Warsaw-Central, but there will be stops at the stations Warsaw-East (Warszawa Wschodnia), Modlin, Iława, Malbork, Tczew, Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. The travel time between Warsaw and Gdansk will be 3 hours, which is the same as in the high-speed Pendolino trains operated by PKP.

In addition, the Czech operator plans to launch seasonal services between Warsaw, Austria and Italy, as well as start night trains between Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels. The Czech operator's commercial partner is the Dutch startup European Sleeper, which has previously announced its intention to start overnight train services between Brussels and Prague in 2022.

RegioJet also announced the launch of a new night train between Berlin, Slovenia and Croatia in 2022 (photo: RegioJet).