New timetable: shorter travel times to Ostrava and Poland and new evening connections in the Czech Republic
Passenger numbers increased by 20%
Praha, September 18, 2023 - Leo Express is the first carrier to launch ticket sales according to the new timetable valid from 10 December 2023. It will reinstate the popular evening connection from Ostrava to Prague and introduce a new evening connection from Prague to Kolín, Pardubice and Ústí nad Orlicí. It will also reduce travel times between Prague and Krakow by an hour and add a new stop in Poland at Oswiecim, Museum station. From December, Leo Express will also operate a new line between Bratislava and Komárno. The earlier passengers buy tickets for the new services, the cheaper they will be. They are already available, including the Christmas connections, at www.leoexpress.com. Leo Express is also reporting an increase in passenger numbers of almost 20% compared to last year and has carried over 728,000 passengers on commercial services so far this year.
Connections to Ostrava will be almost 10 minutes faster, to Poland an hour faster and to Košice 10 minutes faster. This is despite the fact that we are maintaining stops along the entire route. With on-board service, guaranteed air conditioning, superior cleanliness and hygiene, and seasonal and fresh food, we offer the best long-distance product in the Czech Republic.
The carrier will continue to stop in smaller towns such as Ústí nad Orlicí, Přerov, Studénka or Suchdol nad Odrou. Prices for long-distance connections start from 4,1 € in the Economy Class and 22,8 € in the Premium Class. "We are maintaining the price of 4,1 € for early bookings despite the strong inflationary pressure that carriers are facing," adds Peter Köhler.
In the new timetable valid from 10 December 2023, Leo Express has maintained the number of its connections. It will run eight times a day from Prague to Pardubice, Přerov, Olomouc and Ostrava and back. Twice a day, a train will run via Prešov to Košice, where Leo Express will continue to provide transfer bus connections to the Ukraine.
Twice a week, Leo Express trains will run to Krakow, Poland, where passengers can now get an hour faster. Trains will also stop at Oswiecim, Museum station. On the other days, passengers can travel to Krakow by bus, changing in Ostrava and following the train timetable.
Evening trains return, Leo Express will also start operation in the Danube region
Leo Express brings back the popular evening connection from Ostrava to Prague. The train departs from Ostrava Main Station at 18:57 and arrives in Prague via Olomouc or Pardubice at 22:28. At 23:00, the train returns via Kolín and Pardubice, ending its journey in Ústí nad Orlicí. At this station, Leo Express will continue to offer a convenient transfer to its regional trains to the Orlicko region, which are ideal not only for family trips to the countryside. "Králický Sněžník and Dolní Morava are popular destinations for skiers, cross-country skiers and ski mountaineers. Passengers can get there by Leo Express trains, changing at Králíky or Červený Potok. For skiing or other winter sports, passengers can also take Leo Express trains to Slovakia, where the tourist regions of the Low or High Tatras are easily accessible from the stations of Liptovský Mikuláš, Štrba or Poprad. All train connections allow the transport of skis and snowboards," explains Petr Köhler.
From 10 December, Leo Express will also start operations on the regional line in the Danube region between Bratislava and Komárno, where it will operate modern low-floor Alstom Lint units with air conditioning, refreshments and a range of other services. Passengers may be familiar with these from the Orlicko region. Customers can keep up to date with upcoming operations, open positions and other news at www.le.cz/podunajsko, where they can also sign up for emails.
Passenger numbers up 20% by end of August
In the first eight months of this year, Leo Express carried more than 728,000 passengers. This is an increase of almost 20% compared to last year, when Leo Express carried over 600,000 passengers on commercial routes in the same period. The forecast for the rest of the year is that over one million passengers will use Leo Express services on commercial lines alone, and another on the regional line in the Orlicko region. As more and more passengers prefer environmentally friendly train transport, there is growing interest in the carbon offsetting services offered by Leo Express. In the first eight months of this year, passengers contributed more than 2,500 €, offsetting 102,304.5 kg of CO2.
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Leo Express is a private transport company providing rail and bus passenger services in Central Europe since 2012. It operates mainly on the commercial route Prague-Ostrava, but its trains also go to Košice and Krakow. The network is complemented by bus lines to Poland and Ukraine. From December 2019, it also operates regional trains in Pardubice, and in December 2023 it will take over regional rail transport on the busiest Slovak line, Bratislava-Komárno. Together with its main shareholder, the Spanish National Railways Renfe, the company plans strong growth in Central Europe in the coming years, both in commercial lines and in commitment services.