June 18, 2023 – The Prague-Rijeka train will run until September 30. A one-way ticket, which includes reservation and other services, can be purchased from 28.90 euros.
“The trip was great, relaxed; we had plenty of space and even had a spontaneous party with music. This is not our first time coming to Croatia, and we will come again because we love it here. Now we are going rafting in BiH for a couple of days, and then we are going back to Zadar. Among other things, we chose the train because it is eco-friendly”, said James, Šarka and Majeel for 24Sata.
Malinda from Prague, on the other hand, will take the train because she is traveling with a child. This is not her first time in Croatia either.
“The trip was enjoyable, especially since I am travelling with my young son. He could walk a bit during the trip, while the trip by car would be too tiring for him. I love Croatia because of the sea, food and friendly people”, says the mother of a 4-year-old boy. They continued their journey from Rijeka to Crikvenica.
The train left Prague on Friday at 16:45, bringing more than 500 passengers to Rijeka, almost at full capacity. So far, half of the tickets for this season have been sold. The news, however, is that trains will run three times a week from June 16 to the end of September this year. On Friday and Sunday, they’ll run from Prague to Rijeka, while on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, they’ll go back from Rijeka to Prague. Until now, Regiojet would run daily from Prague in July and August. This year, the service will be reduced to three times a week in peak season, just as in June and September.
Lots of interest for the Prague-Rijeka Train
“Interest for the tickets is great, and we expect that around 80,000 tourists will arrive in Croatia this season”, says the director of the Rijeka Tourist Board, Petar Škarpa. In addition to that, this year there is no train to Split. There is, however, a bus to Dalmatia. This means the Prague-Rijeka train line is supplemented by a direct bus line Prague-Split. The buses for that one operate daily during the summer holidays and will wait for passengers at the stations in Rijeka and Ogulin. From there, they can continue their journey by bus towards Makarska, Krk, Pula, Zadar or Split.
RegioJet expects to reintroduce the daily train service to Split as early as next year. And the interest in tickets has been great this year as well. Also, the trains will not go through Hungary this year, as was the case in previous years. The train used to also go through Budapest, but there needed to be more interest from passengers; that is, that section did not prove to be profitable.
Ticket prices for RegioJet trains are favourable this year as well. For a one-way ticket, which includes a reservation and other services, such as a breakfast that includes a croissant and coffee or tea, passengers in a carriage with seats will pay a price of 41.90 euros, for a ticket in a sleeping car about 54 euros, while the price of a private compartment for four per passenger ranges from around 160 euros upwards, depending on the date.
What will undoubtedly make travellers happy is the fact that Croatia is a member of the Schengen area as of this year, which means that there is no waiting at the borders.