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The New Czech Railways RailJet

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The New Czech Railways RailJet

A couple months ago we were discussing the introduction of RailJet service between Prague and Vienna (and on to Graz). The Austrian RailJet has already been advertised at the train stations in Vienna. We were also speculating on the savings in time, because of the condition of some tracks in the Czech Republic.

Well, yesterday, I took a train from Munich to Plzen (and then transferred to my train to Ceske Budejovice, where I now am). It was Czech equipment, and in the train was the Czech Railways magazine.

There was an article about the Czech Railways "RailJet". Yes, they adopted the name "RailJet" for their new high-speed trains. They are a nice blue and white.

The article said that the Prague - Brno service is starting soon, and the service to Vienna and Graz will start at the end of the year.

The most important thing is that they said the new service (also using Austrian "RailJet" equipment) will cut 30 minutes off the travel time between Prague and Vienna.

So, that answered all of our questions. Thank you, České dráhy!

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1. Re: The New Czech Railways RailJet

http://www.cd.cz/infoservis/aktuality/-20615/

if you care to translate this article....relates to CD railjet

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Oh, Tilly, I just found this article with the seat plan. They will have a "Business Class" section half the size of the RailJet from OeBB (Austrian Rail). Also, there are some nice photos.

vlaky.net/zeleznice/…

cdprovas.cz/aktualni-informace-z-redakce/uni…

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Very nice....:)

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The travel time reduction will be enabled by the following effects:

- just 3 minutes stop at Breclav (today trains top there for more than 10 minutes)

- less buffer time between Breclav and Vienna (now the timetable here is artificially slow, so that the trains fit into their slot south of Vienna; this will be changed, also the stop at Simmering will be eiliminated)

- trains will stop at the new Vienna main station (Wien Hbf), from where the new travel time is calculated (instead of Meidling)

Approximate timings from dec 2014 (trains will run every 2 hrs between the timings below):

Praha dep ~6h40 - ~18h40

Wien Hbf arr ~10h50 - ~22h50 (last train will terminate at Wien Hbf)

Wien Meidling arr ~11h00 - 21h00

Graz arr 13h33 - 23h33

Graz dep 6h25 - 16h25

Wien Meidling dep ~9h00 - ~19h00

Wien Hbf dep ~7h10 - ~19h10 (first train will start from Wien Hbf)

Praha hl n arr ~11h20 - ~23h20

Edited: 02 June 2014, 22:29
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The railjet will also not stop in Ceska Trebova, and some sections of the line are planned to be modernised (whatever that means) so that overall travel time is to be less than 4 hours.

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Australian seniors wish to travel from Prague to Budapest on Mon 6 October to arrive afternoon - what is the most scenic route and comfortable journey

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You really should start a new thread and state your question. You'll get better results.

As for the best route, you will take a train via Bratislava or Vienna. Part of the route will go along the Danube, but this is not a scenic area, such as to the west in Austria, where there are mountains. Look at the Czech rail website and try to get a train (InterCity, etc.) without a change. They have the best price posted 60 days before the travel date, and as the cheapest seats are sold out, the price inches up.

www.cd.cz

Go to the "eShop" in the website to purchase tickets. Click on your preferred language in the upper right hand corner. Also, you need "international" for your ticket purchase in the "eShop". Otherwise, you'll be on the "domestic" ticket page.

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Thank you, told better to fly

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Just have to comment on our RailJet experience earlier this month. My wife and I took the RailJet from Vienna to Budapest on August 11 (approx. 3 hours). We booked reserved seats, 2nd class, through Rail Europe here in the States.

In a word, the experience was miserable. Be aware, if you're considering taking this train they apparently book it way beyond seating capacity. You literally could not move in our car. After the initial stop, people were in the aisle, backpacks were bumping everyone, luggage was so crammed into the overhead bins that items were falling on people. Yes, we had seats, but we couldn't move (forget trying to get to the bathroom - good thing we "went" before we boarded!!). Uncomfortable, claustrophobic and dangerous. Never again, RailJet!

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10. Re: The New Czech Railways RailJet

Thank you. Told to take 1st class on any train service, incl. Rail Europe.