Prague wants to introduce night trains to major European cities. The carrier will also support financially
The management of the capital will start negotiations with transport on the introduction of night railway connections between Prague and major European cities. The agreement should cover cities that are 800 to 1500 distances from Prague, for example, Frankfurt, Germany or Milan, Italy, said Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr (Prague Sobě). Night connections run, for example, to Slovakia or Hungary.
“Prague has a great location for night trains. We want to motivate carriers to travel to Prague first. The night train journey offered safety and comfort when traveling throughout Europe, including private compartments with beds and showers. In addition, it has its own unique charm,” he said. Scheinherr.
According to the deputy, the weakness of the current situation is, among other things, that night rail connections do not have the support of regions and the state. Rail transport is consumed with excise duty on fuel compared to air transport and the use of the transport route is fully charged.
Trains to the west have been disrupted in the past. The municipality will start negotiations on connections to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Milan, Rome, Venice, Hamburg and Copenhagen. They have offered marketing as well as financial support to carriers who will be interested in night connections. “It turns out that people are interested in traveling by train overnight. In the Czech Republic, we were able to see this this summer with trains to Croatia, “said Scheinherr.
The initial was supported by RegioJet, which is ready to negotiate with the city. “Following a presentation by several state carriers regarding the future development of night services in Europe, RegioJet is also committed to supporting a Europe-wide strategy for the development of night services as the most environmentally friendly alternative to travel,” said spokesman Aleš Ondrůj. Conditions according to the carrier must be transparent and open to all.
Night rail lines have been significantly reduced in the last decade. An exception was the connection of Prague with the east of Slovakia, the connection to Zurich and Budapest. The night rail connection stopped running to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Split and Venice.