Direct rail link between Kyiv and Prague will be restored in mid-December 2015. A through wagon formed by Ukrzaliznytsia will operate on the route. České dráhy’s spokesman Petr Šťáhlavský announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
The route of the wagon will pass through the territory of Slovakia. It will stop at the Ostrava, Bohumin, Zilina, and Kosice stations.
In the Czech Republic, the wagon will be attached to the Bohemia train that operates on the Prague-Humenné route.
In Ukraine, the wagon will travel as part of several trains: the Kyiv-Ivano-Frankivsk train No. 143; in Lvyv, it will be attacked to the Odesa-Uzhgorod train No. 108. The train will depart from Prague at 23:09 and from Kiev at 21:10. The travel time is 35 hours.
As reported, direct rail link between Kyiv and Prague was discontinued in 2011. Then, a through wagon passed through Krakow (Poland).
As the CFTS portal previously reported, Leo Express, a private Czech rail company, announced the start of its operations in Ukraine in early October.
The operator marked two new cities – Uzhgorod and Mukachevo – on its network map. However, it is not yet operating its trademark black Stadler Flirt trains from Ukrainian railway stations. Leo Express merely launched its own bus service on the Mukachevo–Uzhgorod–Kosice (Slovakia) route, which connects the Kosice–Ostrava–Prague train.