Czech rail operator applies to run daily Belgium-Bratislava service

Czech public transport operator Leo Express hopes to launch a train service from Belgium to Bratislava. The journey would take 19 hours with almost 50 stops, in Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

Under plans submitted to Belgium’s Regulatory Body for Railway Transport, there would be a daily connection in both directions, which would start in late 2024 or early 2025. 

The service would begin in Ostend, with stops in Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Leuven and Liège. Via more than 20 stations in Germany, including Aachen, Cologne, Dortmund, Hanover, Leipzig and Dresden, it would travel to the Czech Republic, where stops include Prague. In Slovakia, the train would stop in Kuty and Malacky before reaching the capital. 

In both directions, the train would depart shortly after 6.00, arriving at its final destination between 1.00 and 2.00 the following morning. 

The regulator is assessing the application and will decide whether to grant access to the Belgian rail infrastructure.



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